We started our journey to the uniquely romantic city of Venice on a water taxi. If you are on the Trafalgar European Cavalcade tour, I recommend taking up the gondola ride optional excursion ( approximately 40 Eur) . After the ride, you’ll have a couple of hours to explore Venice. If you opt not to, you’ll be sent straight to the hotel on mainland and won’t have the chance to step onto Venice until next morning.
Some of the sights on the way to Venice. I uploaded large size photos for the nicer shots; click to view the full size.
Santa Maria del Rosario, located on Dorsoduro.
So here’s Venice, a city build entirely on water with a rich heritage with traffic-free streets. Yup, you can forget about the inconvenience of crossing roads as there are no cars here. One can only get around on foot or boats.
Admire the city in a traditional and historic style on gondolas, symbols of Venice.
Our pretty gondola!
We were lucky enough to have the musician and singer onboard our gondola, serenading as we glided along the city’s winding canals.
After the ride, we spent about an hour and a half wandering around.
Columns of San Marco and San Teodoro. These 2 granite columns with symbols of the saints were erected in 1172. Public executions were held there.
In St Mark’s Square aka Piazza San Marco. The orange structure is the Bell Tower of St Mark. The next day, we went up the tower to take in an aerial view of Venice
The grand St Mark’s Basilica
Venice and its lagoon are subjected to the tides of the Adriatic Sea. During floods, duck-boards are laid out in low-lying areas.
Street photography shots taken by Hubby.
Back to mainland on a water-taxi. We stayed at Hotel II Burchiello Snc Venice for 2 nights, one of the worst hotels in the trip. Small rooms, tiny bathrooms and outdated furnishings. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant was mediocre as well (chicken main course was wayyy too dry).
The next morning, our guide took us on a walking tour in Venice, then up the Bell Tower of St Mark. At 98.5 meters above the ground, we took in the breathtaking view of the city and lagoon.
Because we had already covered most of the attractions the day before, I spent the next few hours shopping. Tee hee!
We went in search of Tramezzini, as the guide highly recommended it. These are essentially ethereally soft white sandwiches with a variety of fillings. They can be found in bars and cost less than 2 Eur.
Next, we visited Murano, famous for glass-making. After a demonstration in the furnace room, we were ushered into a glitzy showroom (no pictures allowed).
Finally, we headed for Burano, well-known for its brightly painted houses and exquisite lace.
We also enjoyed a scrumptious seafood lunch at Al Raspo De Ua; the freshness of the seafood is remarkable.
Bread with Seafood Pate, Seafood Lagsana and Seafood Risotto.
Didn’t catch the name of the fish, but it was beautifully flavoursome and flaky.
Fried prawns, calamari and almond praline for dessert.