They are beautiful pics professor. I've never had the urge to go to Italy until I started following this site and have seen such beautiful pics of the places so many have seen. I had it way down on my bucket list but it has since moved up somewhat due to the great pics and information provided by the insiders. Thank all of you for such great depictions not only of Italy but of all the places you have traveled. And may the 2014 traveling year be as good for everyone as it was this year.
Happy year of the horse!
Thanks, madmax! Italy is astonishingly beautiful, with each part of it being so very different from other parts -- Venice is nothing like Rome or Florence/Siena and vice versa and the very south is the complete opposite of the Alpine north. The food differences are also amazing. And while I have spent far more time in France (and find the people generally nice), I have found Italians to be among the most welcoming of Europeans -- along with Greeks.
Nope - do tell! I stayed at the Boscolo on one occasion, but felt it was overpriced (except I used points) and WAY out of the center of things (it's near Fondamente Nove, the nearest stop to go to Murano, and one of my two favorite restaurants, Algiubagio). But it's not near anything else.
If Marriott gets into the Venice market in a serious way, I think they have to do so like Westin and to a lesser degree Hilton has. The best way is to purchase (this is how the Rava Giustiniani became the Pesaro Palace Hotel) a building on the Grand Canal and completely refurbish it. Then (while I have never stayed at them nor want to as long as I can afford Pesaro) it might compete with the grand hotels of Venice.
But tell me more!
I'll bore you with a few more sets in the next few days -- but I did some things I hadn't in a long time -- I went up to the top of the campanile (thank God it has an elevator!) and took photos of all of Venice, got the interior of San Marco for the first time, and some great pics of the canal.
Happy New Year!