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... Doges who were the political leaders of old Venice so very spectacular but not particularly my cup of tea and it is always a battle in this type of place with the girls who alternate between running about like crazy or moaning about how tired they are. While there we saw and crossed the Ponte dei Sospiri which is where the prisoners were led away to the cells. We also saw what I think might be the world's largest oil painting ...
... make several stops along the way but did not and instead made only one stop before our stop at Pizalle Roma. Once we had disembarked, we walked to the People Mover, waited a couple of minutes and then off to the next stop and then the walk to the dock, up the escalator where we melded into one line with others who had enjoyed a day in port and groups 7, 8 and 9 from the Princess Shore excursions.
It took a while to go through Immigration who ...
... but we asked another local for a recommendation and ended up at a gorgeous Italian restaurant with a courtyard with vines sheltering the tables from the sun. The only people inside were locals, which we took as a good sign. The waiter recommended we try the seafood risotto, which is made fresh so takes 20-30 minutes and can only be made for a minimum of 2 orders. We watched some gondola drivers at the next table all order this and their plates went back clean, so most of ...
Weather: Perfect temp, clear skies, mid 70's. Started spitting a little rain around 10:30 pm. Activities: Our arrival in Venice was amazing and easy, everything was like clockwork (planes, buses, and water taxis) and we felt re-energized even without sleeping for over 24 hours. We checked into the hotel, found a great trattoria to have dinner outside. The food was awesome as was the atmosphere. We then walked over to St. Mark's Square to watch the orchestras and try our ...
... is the water borne equivalent to the subway or bus system, and is amazingly efficient. The boat pulls into the dock, the gate flies open, people get on, people get off, the gate flies shut and the boat moves on. The whole process takes about 15 seconds and it seriously is a case of "you snooze, you lose." We barely missed the 11:45 boat but caught the last one of the day at 12:15 to get to the famous Venetian hub. Thanks to the help earlier in the day from ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility