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A Year at Hotel Gondola

A Year at Hotel Gondola

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2000s: A woman swaps her far-flung travels for her biggest adventure yet – a relationship.

  • ISBN: 978-1409167679
  • Genre: Fiction, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

Kat has never wanted to live a small life. She’s an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual things. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet – a relationship.

She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to live with him in Venice where she will help him run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure, the food she eats, the recipes she collects, the people she meets, the man she doesn’t really know all that well but is going to make a life with.

But as Kat ought to know by now, the thing about adventures is that they never go exactly the way you expect them to…

Travel Guide


Welcome to the Venice of Nicky Pellegrino!

Hotel owner Massimo turns out to be an excellent guide to the city of Venice, and keeps telling her that half the joy of Venice was discovering its secrets for herself. But this was his city, he’s been walking through it most of his life.

Hotel Gondola

“It’s a jewel box of a place, filled with chandeliers, Murano glass mosaics and antique mirrors. Every room is different,but ll have swaggered satin curtains and gold-leaf wallpaper. A few of the better suites boats balconies overlooking the canal and you really can arrive at the hotel gondola if you choose as it has its own landing.

Ponte di Papadopoli

The bridge and gardens of the same name where Ruth and Kat go at the start of the book” It’s a nice park, nothing amazingly special , but I find it’s a good place to go when I need to think about the book I’m trying to write.”

Piazza San Marco

Kat describes the sea of tourists here and it’s true that it’s a very popular area. They bobbed in the gondolas on the Grand Canal.”

Strada Nouva

“Where it was all cheap leather goods and glass jewellry”

The Rialto bridge

Close to where she finds the funny little shop just across  a stone bridge with no sign in it. There’s a vintage dress or two here.

Caffè Florian

Kat goes on a visit to the famous bars and is told Casanova drank in the one she’s in. Well this one was in fact visited by him!

Streetview Maps

A) Italy - Venice - Pappadopoli Gardens
E) Italy - Venice - Caffe Florian

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Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

Venice is portrayed in a lovely way in this book and I’m not surprised that Kat went there to write a book. I also understand she didn’t want to go somewhere that has already been discovered, ie a popular city which would be teaming with tourists. Instead she prefers off the beaten track places and always likes changing the view from her window. I’m with her on that one!

Always moving around has meant that Kat is single and so, in her 50s, she’s decided to try this new experience of meeting a man and giving their relationship a year. Well, a  lot can happen in a year which it does…

What was really interesting here was the real and humbling travelling experiences, thoughts and regrets Kat had and how this was actually a book within a book. The novel contains the book Kat is writing which I really enjoyed

Venice comes out loud and clear and will make you book up for sure!

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  A Year at Hotel Gondola

Destination : Venice  Author/Guide: Nicky Pellegrino  Departure Time: 2000s

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