Oh Venice. What can I say about Venice? Well a lot actually. Venice was an interesting addition to our itinerary. It was a city we were both curious about and wanted to see, but at the same time it wasn't at the top of our list (Cinque Terre was). It wasn't in the exact same vicinity as the rest of our stops so we hesitated with whether or not to add that travel time. In the end, we obviously did, and I couldn't be happier with that decision.
We took the earliest possible train from Siena to Venice. We arrived early afternoon, and it was bright and sunny and wonderful. I think I was most nervous about navigating Venice with the vaporettos and canals and winding streets. I didn't know the half of it. When we got there, we grabbed a slice of pizza around the train station and headed to catch a vaporetto to our hotel. We were staying near St. Mark's Square, which I would highly recommend if you're only going to be in Venice a short time. The vaporetto station was a disaster. Chaos. I don't know if it's a European thing, an Italian thing, a Venetian thing, but lines weren't such a "thing" there. We waited forever trying to figure out what was going on. People were pushing, attendants were yelling, and I hated every second. My back pack was so heavy, we were sweating, and we had no idea why we weren't moving. We eventually got on a (packed) boat, and that's when we found out. The America's Cup Regatta race was in town, and it messed up all the vaporetto times and stops. Many of the stops were closed, including the one we needed. We got off at the last one we could and just spent a lot of time looking at the map. Or actually Ben spent a lot of time looking at the map. We could see some of the sailboats though which was awesome.
Anyway, after about 3 hours, we finally made it to our bed and breakfast, the B&B San Marco, and it was lovely. We had a huge room, and even though we were sharing a bathroom, everything was clean, well located, and very well priced. We ate breakfast in the family's kitchen the next day, and Ben loved getting to talk to Marco about the city. He spoke English extremely well and was very informative. The view from our window helped release any frustration the initial ride took. Check it out.
We changed out of our traveling clothes and took off to see the sights. With Venice, we did a lot of just wandering and taking it in. The bad thing about Venice is that it is extremely crowded. We were there in mid-late May so I can't imagine what it would be like in the summer. In some of the narrow alleys, it would take awhile to make it through. We found the Rialto bridge and saw the gorgeous, post-card views.
da Mamo. And I really hope there is a next time.
|A huge lobster. His name is Crusty. That's a joke for my family.|
|This caprese was ah-mazing.|
|Ben's meal. Yum.|
|I hope to see you again da Mamo.|
So that was our first day in Venice. This post is already a bit ridiculous so Venice is going to get a part 2! Yay! Be prepared for the Doge's palace, St. Mark's Basilica, our intro to Prosecco and Bellini's, small world stories, and surviving the earthquake..dum, dum, dum!!