Saturday, May 7, 2011

Traveling in Italy: Venice

The last stop on our trip to Italy was Venice. We had one day to tour the city by boat and walk around in St. Marks Square. I love seeing cities from the water so this was a perfect fit. We started our day by hopping on the Vaporetto which is the easiest way to get from one end of the city to the other. We rode down the Grand Canal to St. Marks Square.

The algae growing on these steps had quite a variety of colors.

We hopped off the Vaporetto to visit Doge's Palace.

Then St. Marks Square.

It was quite unfortunate to find out that The Bridge of Sighs had been totally covered up by advertisements. You couldn't even SEE the bridge from the other side.

Then we hopped back on the Vaporetto and rode over to the island where San Giorgio Maggiore Church is located to get some views of the St. Marks area (and the advertisements apparently).

St. Marks Square was nothing like I had imagined. There were hardly any pigeons and the ads and scaffolding covered up a lot of the buildings.

After lunch we made our way over to the famous Rialto Bridge.

And a view of the Grand Canal from the crowded bridge.

Plenty of tourists took their gondola ride, but we decided to pass this up... the Vaporetto wasn't nearly as expensive, and we got the pass so we could hop on and off all day.

This was where we had our last dinner in Italy, right on one of Venice's many canals.

Our trip to Italy was incredible, and now that I can't jinx us, we couldn't have asked for better weather! Hope everyone enjoyed the trip as much as we did. =)

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