The final stop on our Italy trip was Venice. Venice was so beautiful and I have decided it deserves two posts. I could not stop taking photos of this amazing city.
After our two-hour train from Bologna, we arrived in Venice in the afternoon. We grabbed a porter and a water taxi and headed to the hotel. Duodo Palace was so beautiful and has so much character! The location of this hotel was definitely convenient. It is a stone’s throw from La Fenice Opera House and we never had trouble finding our way back to it and never had to walk too far to any sights. Our rooms were ready, so we checked in and dropped our bags – oh, and about those keys – they are real keys with a huge tassel that they keep for you at the desk! The rooms were again small, but the bathrooms were a lot more spacious than the one in Milan. The breakfast here was also very good, and a bonus – they had mimosas here!
After checking in, we headed out for lunch to a place on recommendation from the very helpful hotel staff. I wish I could remember the name of it, but dad and I had the best gnocchi we’ve ever had! We then strolled around, went to St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, and eventually had dinner again on recommendation from the hotel.
The next day, we had a morning walking tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Finding our tour guide was a little hectic. This tour company had about 5 tours in 5 difference languages starting at the same time, so it was crowded at our meeting place under the clock in St. Mark’s Square, but we eventually figured it out. Our tour guide was very good and very knowledgeable. This tour was a larger group of people than our previous ones, and everywhere we went there were already a lot of people, so it just felt a little more crowded, but Venice was more crowded in general. Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs were both incredible. St. Mark’s Basilica was also quite amazing to see, but we all agreed that the tour through there lasted a little too long.
After the tour, we grabbed lunch outside near our hotel and La Fenice Opera House and then visited La Fenice, which was so beautiful! We then headed towards the Rialto and did Gondola rides. I was on a mission to make sure I did not leave Venice without doing one! The experience did not disappoint. They took us along the Grand Canal and through some side canals. It was very relaxing and romantic.
We then did some shopping in the Rialto area. That night, we decided to have dinner by the water near the Rialto. These restaurants might be considered tourist traps, but hey, “when in Venice” right? The food was of course superb, and I had no problem getting trapped by Venice’s charm! Stay tuned for Venice Part 2.
Photos taken by Jay Brodeur and Alicia DeAngelis.