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Al Ponte Antico Hotel

Trip Over to Venice

Arriving in Venice at around noon after a 3 hour drive from Como with Milan from Como Limousines, Milan showed us to a water taxi and our Venetian adventure began, it was hard to know whether to just look and take it all in or keep taking photos of this magnificent old city.

As we navigated the Grand Canal I caught sight of the Rialto Bridge in the distance, so knew we were nearly at the Al Ponte Antico Hotel, it came very highly recommended by friends in Sydney who had recently stayed there.

Oliver came out to meet us as our water taxi pulled up, it was like walking into another world as we entered this beautifully renovated palace from the 1500s through the centuries old gates. He took us upstairs and served coffee on the terrace where again we sat agog at the view of the Grand Canal, as we took in how this city of no roads goes about its day. Matteo, the most charming, calm, eloquent, gracious and sartorial elegant gentleman you could ever hope to meet, the owner of the hotel came out to introduce himself to us. He told us a bit about Venice and very proudly, (and rightly so), all about the hotel and the restoration he had done to bring it from the crumbling old palace he bought to the fine example of traditional Venetian interior design it now is.

Matteo then left us back with Oliver who recommended we go and have lunch at La Cantina, while our rooms were made ready. He gave us a map, and told us, “Getting lost in Venice is what everyone does, so don’t worry, it’s really just exploring.” It all looked fairly straight forward on the map, and we went out and promptly got lost! Eventually getting back on track after many more deviations for more photos, we had a very enjoyable lunch, sitting outside looking over Strada Nova watching the people go by. Looking at the map to find our way back to the hotel, I can’t believe we got lost, it’s almost a straight line!!

Oliver had finished his shift by the time we returned, we were welcomed back by Alex who showed us to our rooms – absolute heaven, I never wanted to leave, the furniture, the Murano Glass Chandeliers, the fabric wall coverings with corded edges – I couldn’t stop walking around the room admiring everything.




Breakfast is cooked every morning by Matteo, he whips up eggs and pancakes however you like them and there is the buffet selection (sorry, my photo shows empty plates – but that happens when the food is that good!) of juices, cold meats, fruit and pastries. Coffee is made in the vintage espresso machine and served on the terrace. At this point I very quickly realised that to see Venice I could just stay on the terrace all day watching the Grand Canal and how it is the life force of Venice. Water taxis, gondolas, ferries, barges delivering building materials and produce, barges taking garbage away, water ambulances, water fire engines, water police, water council rangers – everything we have on the roads, they have on the water. As you can see from my many photos taken from the terrace, even though the background is the same, the water traffic is always changing.

The Rialto Bridge was not looking its best as it was undergoing a major restoration while we were there, courtesy of the Diesel Fashion House, but Venice needs constant maintenance and the fashion industry often steps in providing the funds to see that this happens, all over Italy. I have heard criticism of these fashion houses for putting up advertising during the restoration and leaving a small sign afterwards. Personally, I can’t praise the Diesel enough for putting up the money, without them the alternative would be to let history crumble away leaving nothing for future generations to admire, they deserve to use the advertising space, they’re paying an absolute fortune for saving these monuments for all of us.

Alex and Oliver were never short of dinner recommendations, everything from modern pizza restaurants, to traditional home style Venetian food. They are full of information about where to go and what to see, when there will be less crowds, they are both born and bred Venetians and it is lovely chatting with them about Venice in their childhood, compared to now. There is a lot more to Venice than the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco.

One of the most impressive things at the hotel was all the staff always call you by name, without waiting to be introduced. We did find out their secret when we returned late one night and Thomas, the night watchman, who we had not met before, greeted us with a hearty, “Good evening Lyn and Christine, have you had a good dinner?” How did he know our names and that we had been out for dinner? We got chatting with him and he revealed that when we give a photocopy of our passports on arrival, they copy the photo to leave at the front desk and put any relevant notes with it so the change of shift staff are aware of anything they need to know. Perfect, it adds an extra touch to the customer service and is very much appreciated.

Matteo had told us about other hotels that he and his family own, one other in Venice, one where he comes from on the coast north of Venice and a new one he is renovating in Tuscany. I’m sure all Peruch Boutique Hotels will be as fabulous as Al Ponte Antico.

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Itinerary for Trip Over to Italy – Milan, Como and Venice

Qantas flight (Emirates code share) to Milan (Malpensa) from Sydney via Dubai
Stayed in Milan, Airbnb, for a week before going to Como
Picked up in Milan by Como Limousines and driven to Como
Stayed in Como, Airbnb, for 3 weeks
Picked up in Como by Como Limousines and driven to Venice
In Venice, water taxi to Al Ponte Antico Hotel for 3 nights and water taxi back
Picked up in Venice by Como Limousines and driven back to Como
Picked up in Como by Como Limousines and driven back to Milan (Malpensa) Airport
Qantas flight (Emirates code share) to Sydney via Dubai

Bright pink flowers enjoying some autumn sunshine, very welcone after all the rain.
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Outside the York St entrance to the QVB, showing the fan of stained glass windows, and all the amazing details only see on old buildings. Why can't they make buildings like this anymore????
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At the George St end of Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, this building used to be the Commercial Banking Corporation of Sydney, now a fabulous Burberry store, looking over the raised flower beds full of foxgloves in Martin Place.
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A very tropical looking section of Hyde Park in Sydney, it has been such a hot, rainy and humid summer these plants are enjoying it a lot more than I am!!
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Still dreaming of travel.....
Prague, Berlin, Ljubljana
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The central pathway through Sydney's Hyde Park that goes from Macquarie St, padt the Archibald Fountain, across Park St, to the War Memorial.
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The arches and balconies on the 3 upper levels of the QVB, with glimses of the Christmas tree going up to the dome in the centre.
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Walking around Sydney there are so many flowers spilling out of peoples gardens.
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Vivid Sydney at the QVB.
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The Sea of Hands art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Another one of the stained glass windows at the George St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building.
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Looking down the George St side of the QVB from Market St. Originally built as a market building, now a lovely shop, eat or just admire,
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Merry Christmas🎄🥳🥂! ...

St Mary's Cathedral across the road from Hyde Park in Sydney. The spires were only added in 2000, prior to that there were just the two square towers with flat tops.
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Still dreaming of where to travel when the world recovers from Covid.
Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
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Lovely lace locked spiral staircase leading to a small locked door in Sydney's QVB - does anyone know where it goes and who gets to go there??
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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The Great Australian Clock hanging in the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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These little flowers are loving all the rain in Sydney, me, not so much ⛈!
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Sydney cbd

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As much as the Martin Place Christmas tree always looks good - it's the same every year. I think we are due for something else. This one is great for the people visiting Sydney, but for thise of us who live here - can we please have a new style and colour next year????
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Beautiful pink flowers to brighten up an autumn day in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Taking advantage of some beautiful autumn sydney sunshine, I made another visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens. So close to the cbd, and so peaceful, it could be miles away.
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Hyde Park in Sydney, much smaller than Hyde Park in London, but still a lovely piece of paradise in the middle of the city.
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Dreaming of where to travel when it is safe to start exploring again....
London, New York, Rome.
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The base of the Martin Place Christmas Tree in place ready for the next layer to go up.
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The QVB has it's own light exhibition as part of Vivid Sydney lighting up the city as it does every June. These magnificent lights are hanging under the QVB dome.
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Merry Christmas from sunny Sydney!🎄🥂🥳🎄!!
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Playing chess in Hyde Park, Sydney. Just up from the entrance to St James Station.
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More of the beautiful flowers in the Martin Place flower beds in Sydney CBD.
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Beautiful foxgloves in Martin Place Sydney, these flower beds are a lovely way to bring Sydney out of lockdowm.
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Christmas is over and we are getting ready for 2022....let's hope it's a good one!
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The Royal Clock, made by English clock makers, Twaites and Reed, hanging in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD.
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Sandstone sculpture in Sydney's Hyde Park, representing Earth, Fire and Water.
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At the Pitt Street end of Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, the fountain designed by Lloyd Rees in fron of the amphitheatre and the beautiful Commonwealth Bank building. The fountain was in 2 of the Matrix films, and Superman!
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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And there's the Martin Place Christmas Tree with the star on top.
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The fan of stained glass windows above the York St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney.
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They don't make stairs like this anymore! Inside the York St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD. One of the most beautiful buildings in Sydney.....
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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Growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, an anteater surrounded by ants.
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Walking down my street in the rain on my way to work, yet another bad hair day!!
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The front entrance to the old Sydney Post Office, in Martin Place, now the Fullerton Hotel.
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Top 9 Sydney photos this year. Each row from left to right...
Top Row - Sydney Opera House from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House from the south east corner of St Leonards Park in North Sydney, a carved tree in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.
Middle Row - Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour, the old Coal Loader Wharf at Balls Head Reserve in Waverton.
Bottom Row - Sydney Harbour Bridge behind the residential towers in Milsons Point. Staircase in the Queen Victoria Building. Flowers at the Balls Head Centre for Sustanability.

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The Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park on a rainy day in Sydney, just enough of a slow down in the rain for me to get into the park!!
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Construction begins on the Christmas tree in Sydney's Martin Place.
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The QVB Christmas tree rising up through the floors towards the dome.
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The gate on Sydney's Pyrmont Bridge once to block traffic, now pedestrians when the bridge swings open to allow boats through to Darling Harbour. The W Hotel in the background is not likely to open this year as planned......
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Looking across the flowers in Sydney's Hyde Park, to the Land Titles Office, or Registrar General's Building, whichever you prefer.
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