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Alloggi Barbaria Blog reaches 1 million visitors

Alloggi Barbaria blog screen shot

ABOVE: The Alloggi Barbaria Blog's home page on July 5, 2013.

Fausto, who runs the reservations office at a small two-star hotel in Venice called the Alloggi Barbaria, has been publishing the Alloggi Barbaria Blog about Venice at since 2008. Recently, after nearly five years, his blog statistics showed that his total traffic had reached 1,000,000 visitors--an excellent showing for a specialized destination blog.

According to a recent post, Fausto is wondering whether to continue or close his blog. We hope he'll keep it going, even if he cuts back on the number of new posts due to time constraints and the pressures of his job. The Alloggi Barbaria Blog covers hundreds of topics, is illustrated with the author's own photos, and offers a pleasant reading experience for anyone who's visited Venice and wants to keep up with local news, Venetian daily life, and things to see.

To read Fausto's blog, click here. (The blog is in Italian, but you can read a machine-translated version by clicking a flag for the language of your choice.)

If you're interested in staying at the Alloggi Barbaria, visit the hotel's Web site or check the rates and reviews at our two booking partners: Venere: Alloggi Barbaria and Alloggi Barbaria.

A new hotel on Murano: LaGare Hotel Venezia

LaGare Hotel Venezia - Murano

ABOVE: The LaGare Hotel Venezia (right) is directly across from the Murano Museo boat platform, which offers direct waterbus connections to Marco Polo Airport, the Lido di Venezia, and Venice's historic center.

Murano  is famous for its glass factories and shops, but the car-free island (which lies just off Venice in the Venetian Lagoon) has other attractions, too--including historic churches, a superb Glass Museum, and plenty of restaurants with canalside tables. Until recently, Murano had only a handful of tiny hotels, but now there's a brand-new hostelry in town: the four-star LaGare Hotel Venezia, which belongs to the Accor hotel group's design-oriented M Gallery collection.

The 118-room boutique hotel is directly adjacent to the Murano Museo waterbus stop, which is served by Alilaguna Linea Rossa boats from Venice Marco Polo Aiport between the end of April and the beginning of November. You can also walk to the hotel from Alilaguna's year-round Linea Blu stop at Colonna.

For more information about the hotel, see's LaGare Hotel Venezia pages, Venere's LaGare Hotel listing, or the hotel's own site. (You'll probably get the best rate from our discount hotel partners, and Venere, but--as always--we recommend comparing rates to be on the safe side.)

To learn more about the island of Murano, read our illustrated 11-page Murano travel guide.

Hotel Excelsior gets a facelift


ABOVE: The Hotel Excelsior faces the Adriatic Sea, with its own private beach. In the background, you can see the Venetian Lagoon and Venice's historic center.

The Hotel Excelsior on the Lido di Venezia, Venice's resort island, has been renovated for the 2013 season. The five-star luxury hotel reopened on April 10 after its winter hiatus with new carpeting, restored tapestries, replacement of bathtubs with large showers, new plasma TVs, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel premises (including the Excelsior's private beach).

The Moorish-style Hotel Excelsior has attracted well-heeled resort guests to the Lido since July 21, 1908, when some 3,000 invited guests and 30,000 Venetians attended the palatial hotel's opening-night festivities. (See hotel history.) In 1932, the Venice Film Festival made its debut in the Hotel Excelsior.

The Excelsior is a bit out of the way for city people like us, but if you're visiting Venice in the summer and you'd like to sit on a beach or enjoy a drink by the Adriatic after a day of sightseeing--and if you can afford the rates--it's a tempting place to stay.

For more information, visit the Hotel Excelsior's Web site. As always, we suggest that you compare the hotel's published rates with discounted rates at our two booking partners. See Venere: Hotel Excelsior and Hotel Excelsior for current offers.

Photo: Hotel Excelsior.