(Italy) Having a good time on the Floating City, Venice at the last in Italy.

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[14/03/25~29 (D+941) Italy/(to Slovenian border)] Having a good time on the Floating City, Venice at the last in Italy.
There is no car in Venice that only there is a boat. Bicycle is not allowed as well! It is Europe’s most romantic city.

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Today I have to cross one mount again. It is third time to climb the mount in Italy. If I didn’t make the route through Milano, actually I don’t need to cross the mount many times, and even I might have the time to go to Rome. Nah.. it is not important that the past is just past.

I heard if I start to cycle from Prato, I can cycle less harder on the mount. But I get lost at the way from Florence to Prato for a hour in a highway. It is scary because of cars on the highway.

 

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Today I start at 50 m (164 ft) above sea level, and I have to go up until 770 m (2,526 ft) above sea level. And then again I have to go down at 50 m (164 ft) above sea level. There are a few cyclists enjoying a hill.

 

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There are chairs on a small village.

 

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Today the route is not much harder that actually I try to cycle all the time, not push my bicycle. Of course, I stop so many times to take a breath.

A scenery is mixed with green and gray. Today I have cycled over 120 km (75 mi). I stay at really kind warmshower host’s house.

 

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The next day I have cycled over 130 km (81.25 mi), and I arrived in Padova just before the dark. These days I am really good at cycling. haha.

 

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The place I stay is Padova, which is far from Venice. It is 3.6 euros for one hour train.

http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=4ddd1a035296f310VgnVCM1000005817f90aRCRD

There are time table and prices. After choosing cities, you have to choose Tutti i Treni on Search on, and then maybe you can find a cheaper ticket.

 

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It is said that to bring a bicycle is prohibited. Actually I see one fold bicycle. However, it is almost impossible to cycle, because there are too many stairs. You can imagine how it will be like as seeing a map.

 

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Venice has city’s amazing interconnections of canals, bridges, and walkways that connect the 118 different islands.

 

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There are so many kind of ships.

 

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I meet Florent again whom I met in Milano. He comes with another Austrian cyclist girl who stays at the same hostel.

 

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We hang around Venice together. Sometimes I really like to hang out with other travelers.

We walk slowly, because we are slow cyclists who enjoy every moment.

 

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There are many flowers beside windows.

 

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When we sit and have some coffee, the bird sit together.

 

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Venice is all about getting lost and seeing the backstreets and narrow canals.

 

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I think Venice has the problem that disabled travelers cannot come easily alone into the island, because there are too many stairs which doesn’t have any facility. Many travelers with a suitcase and parents with a baby carriage are having difficulty as well.

People who carry many stuff for shops usually use that kind of a trolley.

 

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There are many gift shops.

 

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It is T-shirt. Nice one? Let’t throw flowers for a beautiful human rights.

 

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vomit loves… awe….

 

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Fruits on the street

 

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Birds are watching you.

 

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The flower of chili

 

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Venice is famous for a mask. Still many masks are hand made.

 

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And also many of them are from the factory.

 

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I wish I have the time to see Venice Mask Carnival.

 

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Time goes really slow in Venice.

 

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Gondola.

It is around 40 Euros.

 

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A public boat is 7 euros for 1 hour and 18 euros for 12 hours.

One time ticket is for 4 euros.

http://www.actv.it/en/movinginvenice/prices#C1

 

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The left is Catherine from Austria, who is cycling in Europe and the right is Florent from France. We don’t need to take a boat, because Venice is not much big and we enjoy walking.

 

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Gondola on a small alley

 

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We have a pizza for lunch. hm…. Italian pizza….. yummy………..oh…..

It is 9 euros. Usually people order pizza separately and finish alone in Italy.

 

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After lunch, we walk to the square.

 

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Between busy people, one couple sits and enjoys the sunshine of afternoon. I guess they are a local people.

 

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A local Venetian says to me that there is nothing they can do, because most of thing is forbidden.

 

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Venice

 

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It is the Leaning Tower of Venice.

Today, the problems that undermine the balance of the lagoon’s ecosystem are quite different. Changes brought about by man and Nature have triggered a process that is quite the opposite to silting-up: the relative land level is now about 24 cm lower than the sea and so settlements are now exposed to high tides with increasing frequency and intensity; at the same time other problems also compromise the ecosystem, such as erosion of the morphological structures of the lagoon and pollution, once an unknown enemy.

 

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We find some museum of the music.

 

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It is not circle, but square.

 

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There are many locks trying to hold something which can never be held.

 

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How would it be like living in Venice? I guess Venetian are really healthy, because there is no car. They have to walk all the time and climb so many stairs.

 

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Italia is famous for an ice cream as well. So, here I am trying. But it melts too quickly to enjoy. oh……

 

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The sun is going down on Venice.

 

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In order to see the night view of Venice, I say good bye to friends who are going back. I will cycle with Florent for a few days from tomorrow because we are on the same way. I wish Catherine good luck!

 

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Night is more romantic.

 

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I enjoy today so much in romantic and beautiful Venice. It is another best city in my trip.

 

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After buying the ticket, I have to check it on the machine. I don’t know what makes difference. I don’t meet any worker on a train who checks my ticket today.

 

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I cycle 30 km (18.75 mi) in the morning to meet Florent. I put more oil to my bicycle, so I can go further!

 

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Today I cycle really my best. The road is totally flat and there is no wind. It is one of the easiest days.

 

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He is traveling in Europe. It is interesting that he carries the table and chair.

 

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Today I made a new record, 164.59 km (102.86 mi)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A new record of the distance per a day!!!!! Yeah!!!!

My ex-record was 150 km (93.75 mi) per a day in Mexico on 17th of Dec 2011. It was not easy day and really hilly, but I made that record because I was too afraid to do wild camping. hahahahaha.

This time I made this record for my Schengen visa which is going to be expired soon.

I will make a new record of 200 km (125 mi) per a day for fun in Europe on this summer which has a long day! Let’s see!!!! ahahahaha

 

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It is the reason why we must wear a helmet.

 

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We stay at warmwhower host’s house. It is Italian bread which is called Gubana.

 

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Grappa is alcoholic beverage.

 

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And mix all together! hahaha

 

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Florent and my host, Antonella, who is so kind to us.

 

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It looks funny motor cycle on the right one.

 

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Antonella gave us some tip for the route, so we could cycle on a quiet road.

 

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At the end of road, I can see so beautiful lake.

 

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I do want to have a spaghetti in a restaurant in Italy at the end of trip to have an experience of Italian culture. But yesterday I missed the lunch time that all restaurant closed when I stopped. Today even there is no restaurant. It is funny that I can see easily things which I don’t need every where and every time. But if I need that, then suddenly all of them disappear from my eyes. hahaha

Just before the border, I find a small restaurant.

 

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But they says they don’t cook a spaghetti, but only meat.

 

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I just order some meat. It is 7 euros. Actually it is my first time to go to a restaurant during cycling in Europe. Why this time? Just to check Italian food which is famous.

 

To cycle in Italy was really scary, because so many cars drive crazily on a narrow road which doesn’t have any shoulder. Most of people don’t want to let me set up my tent.

However, I’ve met many good people in Italy. I had reunion with friends whom I met in Africa. Even one of them let me use his holiday house as long as I want. It was my first time to stay alone since I started cycling, almost two and half years. I had enjoyed touring so much in Florence and Venice.

I had crossed the mount over three times in Italy. I made a new record of the distance per month.

On this month, Mar of 2014, I have cycled over 1,670.89 km (1,043 mi).

My ex-record was 1,613.64 km (1,008 mi) on Sept of 2011. It is so funny that actually Sept of 2011 is my first month on my trip. At the beginning, I was cycling so hard. hahaha.

Anyway I have enough good memories in Italy that it is time to move to the next country!

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Route

Days in Italy = 26 Days
Distance of cycling in Italy = 1,331.11 km, (831.94 mi)
Cities I stayed in Italy = 12 Cities
Diano Marina, Varigotti, San Quirico, Albarasca, Milan, Fidenza, Tugo, Viareggio, Firenze, Bologna, Padova, San Cazian d’isonzo
Expenditure in Italy = €232.99 = $326.18
(€1 = $1.4 )


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