• Assess - Venice


    We went to Venice for our new year vacation. Yes, it was wonderful. Yes, we saw beautiful palaces and galleries . Yes, we ate in some marvellous restaurants. But how do you remember the places you’ve been? Especially, if you want to recommend them to friends?

    I’ve developed a useful little tool called ASSESS ©. It’s an acronym. It stands for A – arrive, S – Sleep, S- Shop, E - Eat, S –See, and S - Souvenirs

    It covers all the essentials and you can expand it or contract it on subsequent visits. I have ASSESS for all the cities I’ve visited or worked in over the years.

    Here’s my ASSESS Venice as an example. Try it yourself.


    A - ARRIVE

    • Ideally at MARCO POLO airport and take a water taxi across the lagoon and up the Grand Canal into Venice.

    • Leave by VAPORETTO from Hotel Stern (to airport E16 each)

    • Book WATER TAXI – (E110 for 4)

    S - SLEEP

    • Dorsoduro is the nicest part of the city for expats.

    • Hotel Stern

    • Hotel Centurion, St Maria della Salute

    • Canareggio (Jewish quarter)

    S - SHOP

    • Supermarkets around the city

    • Also delicatessens

    • RIALTO open fish, fruit and meat market where many Venetians shop for fresh food.

    E – EAT


    • Cassin del Nobili, Zattere

    • Cantinori Antico, Dorsoduro

    • Gia Schiava Dorsoduro 992 (opposite San Trovaso church)

    • Ostaria al Carmini, Dorsoduro 2894/a

    • Montins restaurant, Dorsoduro


    • Osteria del Alberto, Calle Giacinto Gallina, Canareggio 5401 30121 Venice

    • Ostaria di Rioba , Canareggio

    • Ostaria del Ponte, Canareggio

    • Trattoria Cea, C Ilo del Pestrin, Canareggio


    • Alle Testiere www.osterialletestiere.it

    • Corte Scinta www.veneziaristorante.it

    • Osteria Antica Stellato – book , espensive

    • All’Arco, Calle dell Ochialer, 436 San Polo

    • Antica Adelaide Wine bar, (www.anticaadelaide.it)

    • Trattoria all Madonna – Rialto – brasserie

    • Florians, Paza San Marco, (Try their hot chocolate on a cold day)

    S – SEE

    • Torcello

    • Arsenale (only open during Venice Biennale)

    • Traghetti gondola rides across canal (50 c – 3 minutes) Ca’ D’oro to fish market

    • Churches – Frari, (San Polo), San Paolo I Govanni (Canareggio)

    • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Dorsoduro

    • Accademia, Dorsoduro

    • Punta della Dogana (Modern Art Museum, great views of Giudecca and San Marco

    • Market in Campo Santa Margherita, San Polo


    • Grappa, Ham, Pecorino cheese

    • Porcelain

    • Carnival masks

    • Murano glass

    • Paper products – handmade books

    Trainer Briefing

    Why not use ASSESS as a classroom project with your students at elementary level upwards? Here’s what I do.

    1. Write up ASSESS and explain each letter.

    2. Divide the class into groups and give them a letter each. They must research and provide information for their town, region or capital city.

    3. The class researches and then each group pools its information.

    4. They create a presentation of what they have discovered and share it with the class.

    5. They consolidate all their information into a wallchart or powerpoint presentation to create a complete ASSESS.

    6. They can exchange their ASSESS with other schools and even with other countries.

    7. If you are working with a multinational group they can prepare ASSESS for their countries or a town or beauty spot in their country.


    1. Real language practice

    2. Experience in project work and design

    3. Increased sense of identification with country and region


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