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Travel Blogs from Venice
... kill before our walking tour began. We decided to explore the square and some of the girls bought some Gelato. Then our tour began.
We each got a box and headpiece so we can hear the guide. The first stop on the tour was outside the Basilica San Marco (Church) the steps are almost always wet because the church is so heavy and the city is sinking. She also told us the story of a tourist who swam the length of the square in a single breath when the flooding was over ...
... Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built and the cells under the palace roof ...
Ah, Venice! What's not to love - except all the tourists in St Marks Square!!! Seems too many others love Venice too, esp on such a beautiful morning. The square was flooded in parts when we jumped off the vaporetto - a reminder of Venice's precarious relationship with the sea. So that meant some walking on raised boardwalks. Nanna chose not to do a tour of St Marks due to the huge queue so we walked around soaking up the atmosphere ...
... a robe and slippers....and yes AIR CONDITIONING!! I think I've died and gone to heaven! And I wasn't in a hurry to leave the room, but John wanted to get outside and explore.
Here's where a little trouble started! John and I have such different ideas of how to explore. I like a plan....and if I can't figure out a plan on my own, I want to ask....what direction to go, what to do first, what's within walking distance, where a good place to eat is.....John just wants to wing it. ...
... be served you needed to get an electronic number. With the instructions being in Italian, it was only because Mum had recognised the word for stamp, that we were able to press the right button and end up at the correct window. After a wait that felt like a life time, we were served and then merrily back on our way.
A couple of photos at the square and then it was time to walk back to the Rialto Bridge to catch the water bus back ...
Other places to stay in Venice
Dorsoduro, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $233
- Best view in Venice
- Amazing hotel
- A true 5 star hotel
Castello, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $393
- Scusarme- did you say 5 star hotel? No way!
- Loved it
- Nice, but not the best
San Marco, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $186
- Best Hotel in Venice
- GREAT GREAT GREAT !
San Marco, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $431
- Recommend Westin Europa
- Good Location - Bad Service - Wornout
- Awful - Luxury Price - Rude Worthless Service - Worn Accomodations
Mestre, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $126
Mestre, Venice | 1 star hotelfrom $107
San Marco Mercerie, 760, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $330
- Great location, friendly staff.
- Good Place
- It's OK really
Mestre, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $122
Santa Croce, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $204
- Close to Train Station
- Clean, but dated
- Nice but out of the way
Cannaregio, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $188
- A grand choice
- The Best
- Excellent Hotel
San Marco, Venice | Hotelfrom $492
San Marco, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $481
- Our favorite hotel in Venice!
- One of the top hotels in the world?
Cannaregio, Venice | 3 star hotelfrom $169
- A great hotel!
- Nice Place
San Marco, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $272
- Quite Pleased
- Misled by the 4* rating
- Honesty's a better policy
San Marco, Venice | 5 star hotelfrom $380
- Stunning Hotel. Great Staff
- Pleasantly surprised
- Like a wonderful dream!
San Marco, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $189
- Great for a winter break
- Woderful Stay
Cannaregio, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $186
- Worst place to rest your Head
Castello, Saint Paul | 2 star hotelfrom $178
San Marco 1332, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $309
- Loved it!
- A superb hotel and location
- Great hotel, great location
Mestre, Venice | 3 star hotelfrom $100
Santa Croce, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $237
- Good old Sofitel
- Excellent Hotel !
- Excellent Sofitel.
San Marco, Venice | 3 star hotelfrom $206
- Absolute worst hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Best location in Venice
- Very central location
San Marco, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $218
- Charming Hotel with Great Location
- A good adress
- We loved it!! October 2003
San Marco, Mechanicsburg | 2 star hotelfrom $822
Cannaregio, Venice | 4 star hotelfrom $163
- Lovely Hotel in Quiet Part of Lovely City
- Good, quiet stay
- 40th wedding anniversary enjoyed.
San Marco, Venice | 3 star hotelfrom $147
- Loved it all - used Italiatour
- Great value, clean, great breakfast
- Good experience in Venice