Straight from Florence we drove a long hot drive a few hours north to Venice. We installed our car in the expensive parking garage and jumped on the water bus and made our way to the Rialto where we were staying at our fourth floor apartment.
There seemed barely room to move for the tourists in the narrow streets, but over all it wasn’t so bad as we were happy to wander around, getting lost in the back streets trying to find alternative ways home away from the well worn tourist routes.
Yes, we visited the Doge Palace and viewed the Ponte Dei Sospiri, climbed the tower and looked at the view with all the other tourists. We walked over many, many bridges, and enjoyed watching the couples and families float by on the black lacquered gondolas requesting songs to be sung by the gondoliers in their stripy shirts. We followed our ears to a small bar with live music and drank more Aperol Spritz than water in the afternoon sun. We didn’t make it out to visit Murano or Burano this time but thats ok, there was lots to see and do in our short visit. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm the whole time and the food was great. Lets face it, all the food is great in Italy, who’s ever had a bad meal!