Monday, 19 August 2013

Italian Holiday: Venice

Rather than drag things out over several days I'm just going to do a mini photo dump of each city I visited while in Italy (don't worry, there are only 3).  I wouldn't want to bore anyone (or more actually turn anyone green with envy) with my mediocre photography skills that couldn't possibly do this beautiful country justice.  Now without much further ado, on to Venice!

After leaving for the airport at 2:30 am and walking from one end of the city over many small bridges and through the throngs to get to the hostel, we were in no mood to begin sightseeing. Instead we caught the first Vaporetto (#51 from Piazza San Marco) and headed to the Lido, more specifically, to the beach! Yes, Venice does have a beach!

This was the highlight of Venice for me (dare I say the whole trip?), when I first read about the possibility of a beach day on this trip, my bathing suit was the first thing to be packed. It was a scorching day, but the sun was glorious and the god the water. --You know when people describe bodies of water like "bath water"? Well imagine the temperature you'd ACTUALLY want your bath and you'd be close.

On the way back to the hostel we were treated to this beautiful sunset, a theme that followed us through Italy.
That evening we went to the Pescheria (the fish market) for dinner and strolled the bank of the Grand Canal. It was a lively area, people having late dinners, others drinking Prosecco and dipping their feet in the the water, with live entertainment. I would definitely love to return to this area again someday.

Ponte Rialto
The next day we did all the touristy things like visiting the Basilica San Marco, the Doge's Palace, and going up the Campanile at sunset (told you there was a theme).

Behind me is the Torre dell'Orologio, the Moors at the top ring the bell on the hour.

The Campanile

Piazza San Marco seen from the terrace on the Basilica 

Lowering the flags at the end of the day (military was there saluting and all!)

Up the Campanile

Stunning sunset

Just as we were heading down the bells began to ring. Bring ear plugs!
One night for fun we stayed at Piazza San Marco for a drink, 3 of the restaurants have live classical instrumentalists playing. But be warned there is an additional fee to sit where they are playing and listen. We instead went to the restaurant across the square where we could still hear the music but didn't have to play for the pleasure.

TLDR: Venice was nice, I ate some food, went up high buildings, was very hot, spent some time on the beach. 
On to Florence!

Fun travels!

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