Well, we started the day with a lovely buffet at our hotel, the Hotel Principe. It’s a nice place. We were expecting small rooms, but they are a good size, with lots of surface space for storing our junkola, and a bidet (which has become almost mandatory!)
Our guides gave us our passes for the “vaporetti” or steam buses, which are really the only form of transportation available in Venice. No cars, no bicycles, no skate boards… just walking and vaporettos. They seem just a little intimidating until you actually get on them, and then they make all kinds of sense. We’ve gone from being a little nervous to being anxious to try them on our own.
For our first outing on one, we went along the Grand Canal to Piazza S. Markos, for a tour of S. Marks Square, and S. Marks Cathedral. It was a rainy day, so the Piazza was quieter than usual. Even though it was a little sloppy, it was a pretty good trade-off.
S. Marks was built in the 13th century and has more than 45,000 square feet of mosaics inside (be still my heart!) The guide told us that photos were technically not allowed, but everyone does it, so she wasn’t going to tell us not to. I was hesitant at first, but once I saw the number of people doing it (and saw the poor quality of post cards they were selling) I couldn’t help myself. But I felt guilty. For what that’s worth. And I bought a few crummy postcards.
After a quick lunch, we headed to the Gallerie dell’ Accademia, where they house pre-19th century Venitian art.
I’m lovin’ the St. Mark Lions…
Dinner was at the Taverna San Trovaso, followed by a walk around town that MAY have involved gelato…what happens in Venice stays in Venice. Isn’t that the way the saying goes???