Ed Hamilton &
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED ATTRACTIONS
The original Venetian settlers built their city on swampy islands off the Italian Coast, to avoid being attacked by the ‘Barbarians’ on the mainland. They produced a city that is like nothing else in the world. To begin with, there are no cars beyond the bus terminal at the end of the bridge connecting the city to the shore. All transportation is by water taxis or ferries, which run on strict time tables. The larger ferries, such as those on ‘Route Number 1', which stop at all points along the Grand Canal, have electronic signs describing the route, which are very similar to subway trains. A 24 hour pass for all routes is about 15 Euros. Smaller ferries take you to your hotel, or to get around in style, you can rent a gondola or a private water taxi (around 80 Euros for most routes). Art is everywhere, but for those people looking for more, you can buy a single pass for many different museums and galleries. The more expensive shops and restaurants are around Piazza San Marco, but as you head toward Rialto Bridge, prices get more reasonable.
The old port of Dubrovnik is magnificent. The massive stone walls date from the 12th century and completely enclose this ancient town and harbor. Inside, white houses with terracotta tiled roofs line beautiful squares and the streets are paved in white stone. There is nothing like it. Unlike so many tourist attractions, Dubrovnik does not have gaudy signs and the shops do not detract from the beauty of the place. Having explored the town, relax in one of the many open air restaurants or take advantage of the relatively low prices and browse the shops.
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