where to stay:
Albergo Marin: This is a spacious 3 bedroom apartment in Venice that is just a few hundred meters away from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. A very ideal accommodation especially for big families and those embarking on a cruise that will originate from the Port of Venice. The apartment is provided with all things one would need for self catering; a fully equipped functional kitchen with plates & cutleries. The living area and bedrooms are big and comfortable as well. The perfect place for those travelers who need a bit of independence and want to feel less like tourists, more like locals. Apartment rents out for $148 USD/night. http://www.albergomarin.it/en/apartments-in-venice/
Hotel L’Orologio: Sip on a glass of vino, while overlooking the Gran Canal during your stay at the chic Hotel L’Orologio. Comfortable, modern, tastefully designed, and squeaky clean rooms. Enjoy the charming and mysterious city of Venice from a room with a canal view, worth every penny and totally recommended by us at Live Worldly. Room prices begin at $334 USD/night. http://www.hotelorologiovenezia.com/
where to eat:
Alla’arco: There’s standing room only in this tiny, lunch-only bacaro just around the corner from the more famous Do Mori- except in the summer, when a few chairs and tables edge the narrow street. The gruff market traders who pile in here are discerning gourmands, and owners Francesco and Matteo Pinto keep them happy with a spread of cicheti bar snacks, which range from ‘fusion’ creations such as asparagus and courgette-flower rolls stuffed with ricotta and ham, to the Venectian rumegal (veal gut) and fegato alla veneziana (calf’s liver with parsley and onion).
Osteria Alla Ciurma: Delectable “tapas-style” dishes at a price that won’t make you cringe when you see the bill. A change from the overly-expensive restaurants that line the canals of venice, Osteria Ciurma’s atmosphere is quaint and charming. Everything you order off the menu is certain to be fresh, farm to table. We recommend ordering the calamari or fried cod with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio.