Where to park in Venice?, Italy

Here are some pictures of one of the most visited cities of Italy and of the world: Venice. Quite known for its canals and the famous gondoliers, but also a pedestrian city so if you do your trip by car, you must think about where to leave the car during your stay and of course, Venice parkings are expensive.

Tips

You can park the car in Marghera, before ‘La libertà’ bridge that connects Venice to the Mainland (10 km). The car park is open 24 hours a day, the car remains on the outside and the cost is €5 per day. There, you will take the bus to Venice and you will get there in 10-15 minutes.
You can also leave the car in a parking in Mestre (located 9 km from there) for a similar price and also take the bus to Venice.

Amsterdam, Netherland

Amsterdam is the most populous municipality and the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, although as the seat of Government, as well as most of the diplomatic institutions of the country are in the Hague. Amsterdam means the dam on the Amstel river that comes flowing into the IJ (a lake) and is integrated into a network of canals that dot the town two metres above the level of the sea, thanks to its canals, it is also called ‘the Venice of the North’. The lands around the city are flat and formed of large polders. We find the Amsterdamse Bos (an artificial forest) in the southwest. The city is connected to the North Sea by the long Canal of the North Sea that serves its port, the country’s second port after Rotterdam. There are important museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. The city is also known for its ‘red light main district’, De Wallen and his prostitutes, for its sex shops, for its many coffe shops, licensed to sell cannabis and for its breweries. Amsterdam is a multicultural city where half the population is of foreign origin. There is also the Bloenmenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. The shops are located on boats stowed on the canal. The city has also a large number of open-air markets. The majority of the historic buildings of downtown consists of buildings with gables, large merchants houses lining the canals are the best illustration of it. Free of charge, three ferries carry pedestrians and cyclists on the IJ, between the central station of Amsterdam and Amsterdam-Noord. Two other ferries (which you must pay)go on the IJ from East to West along the harbour. It is also possible to use water-taxis and river shuttles, rental of electric boats or even a cruise on the canals of the city.

Tips

We recommend you not to come to the city by car, for this purpose, there are lots of parkings where you can leave the car for a very reasonable price if you agree to take public transport to enter into the city. If you have the opportunity to bring your bike, you’ll be in the ideal city for it. Bring your own locks and remember where you leave it because it will be difficult to search for it among the thousands ones that you can find in the streets.
If you like shopping, you will find shops of any kind, but there are also several markets open daily or weekly.
Amsterdam is also known for its cloudy weather and rain, especially in the cold period so it is better to avoid the period that goes from October to March.
If you like Zoos, you will find the Amsterdam City Zoo; It has an aquarium (built in 1882), Zoological and geological Museum, a planetarium and a library.

 

 

Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Forlì is the chief town of the province of Forlì-Cesena in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is rich of an important architectural heritage cause it has, among other buildings, some medieval ones. It also has many remains of old civilizations of great historical interest. The heart of social and economic life is Aurelio Saffi Suqare (main square of the city). It has 128 m long and 87 m wide and we can see in the middlethe the statue of Aurelio Saffi, (Italian politician), character symbol of the city, to which the square is dedicated. The most important buildings of the city give on this site: the Post Palace, the Town Hall from the year 1000, the clock tower which was destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt in 1975, Albertini Palace (15th century) and the Abbey of Saint Mercuriale with his bell tower. The San Domenico Museum contains an art gallery where we find the portrait of Caterina Sforza by Lorenzo di Credi, the resemblance to the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci was emphasized. Under Mussolini, Forlì became an urban centre and there was a restoration work that changed the downtown. The monument to the unknown soldier and the statue of Icarus are witnesses of this fascist architecture.

Tips

If you arrive by plane, the airport is 5 km from the city centre. There is no train service connecting the airport to the center so you can take the bus, a taxi or just rent a car at the airport if you want to explore the region.
Forlì has very dry and hot summers while its winters are hard and wet. This is why spring is the ideal time to explore the city. The temperatures are not too high and the rain is quite rare.
Aurelio Saffi Square is the most important place of the city and you will find many bars, restaurants and shops that will fill all your needs.
If you are thinking about spending your vacations in Forlì, you have very interesting cities to discover nearby such as Bologna, Modena, Ravenna, Cesena, Ferrara, and if you want to enjoy the Adriatic Sea, you can extend your stay from a few days to go to the sea either Rimini or Pesaro, it’s really worth it. You can also visit San Marino.