The Hilton Molino Stucky, on the Venetian island of Giudecca, wins our pick for the best place to stay in Venice. The hotel not only provides fantastic amenities like a rooftop restaurant and bar with views of Venice, a rooftop swimming pool, a Hilton Honors executive lounge with one of the best hotel breakfasts we’ve ever had, and comfortable rooms in a remodeled flour mill. The Hilton Molino Stucky also provides a water taxi shuttle to and from St. Mark’s Square and sits just 10 minutes from St. Mark’s and the bus terminal near the ship docks, so you’re only ever about 10-15 minutes from any point of departure and adventure in Venice.
Generally speaking, you should expect to pay around US$30-35 ( € 27-30) for a shared, one-way water taxi and a whopping US$215-290 ( € 200-265) for a private water taxi that will pick you up or drop you off right at the airport. (Prices to and from the bus station and cruise ship port are a little less for private water taxis, but about the same for shared transportation). So save your money, enjoy the ride around and through Venice, and drink an extra spritz Veneziano or crisp Pinot Grigio for us with all the money you save by NOT booking a private taxi to or from the airport!
Marco Polo International Airport sits on the mainland just over 4 nautical miles from the city of Venice. Although check-in and security are streamlined and relatively easy to get through, international passport control can take a frustratingly long time to get through. We’ve narrowed down restaurant and food options to our #1 pick at Marco Polo, deCanto Wine Bar and Restaurant, just around the corner from passport control.
If you’d like to plan the ultimate Napa Valley wine tasting experience, we’ve got just the tour for you! We’ve selected our favorite 5 wineries throughout Napa Valley, based on tasting rooms, wine flight options, and the overall experience at each winery.
You’ll find the Air Canada Terminal Pearson at the Toronto, Ontario International Airport a bit isolated from the rest of the airport. If you don’t want to just sit and watch people while your phone recharges, take our advice and check out public art installations like “Tilted Spheres” (the piece had to be installed before the roof of Terminal 1 could be finished), eat Udon Noodles at Lee Kitchen, and sip a glass of wine under one of the more interesting chandeliers made up of brightly-colored hand-blown glass and steel at Marathi Wine Bar.
The Vancouver, British Columbia Airport (YVR), contains an impressive collection of regional First Nations art. Divided into pieces that represent land, sea, and sky, the YVR art collection reflects not only the ancient Haida and other first nation traditions throughout British Columbia, but also the prominence of indigenous culture and experience here and elsewhere in Canada. From Bill Reid’s Spirit of the Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe (1994) to Joe David’s Welcome Figures carved in the Clayoquot tradition of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, First Nations Art transforms the otherwise typical contemporary airport facility into a remarkable collection of national importance.
Check out our New Zealand Top 10 list, including all our favorite road trip stops throughout the South Island and Wellington. We’ve hand-picked our favorite spots, activities, and must-see locations to help you plan your own kiwi adventure itinerary.
For our post on what to do in Queenstown, we picked a few of our favorite spots for our last few days in country, including the Cow Restaurant, the esplanade, walking downtown Queenstown, and the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve just outside of town.
Our favorite of all Queenstown restaurants is the Cow, a small, dimly lit “pizza and spaghetti house” tucked away in one of the alleys of central Queenstown. Fresh baked bread, delicious dishes, and a warm and inviting location make this one of Queenstown’s best out-of-the-way restaurants.
The Moeraki Boulders are a must-see stop on the coastal route between Dunedin and Christchurch or a drive from Dunedin to Queenstown. If you’re staying close by, it’s worth visiting the Moeraki Boulders and the town of Moeraki as a destination all its own, and there’s plenty to do along this stretch of the South Island’s East Coast.