Hotel Al Gallo
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We finally arrive in Venice, enjoying our entry along the narrow Giudecca Canal. Whilst under our own steam, we are guided by tugs. We are able to watch this from the bow, lots of passengers have risen early.
We are taken from the ship to the Piazzale Roma for our walking tour of the "Treasures of Venice". Our guide takes us through he winding roads, the wider of which were canals that have been in, a long ...
... the ship tomorrow, so can sleep easy for a smooth start tomorrow.
Surprise! Got lost walking the alleys and streets on the Island- but isn't that what you do in Venice. Sat with some youngies along a canal and ate an icecream while we watched the water taxis etc pass by. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Some churches we passed were closed, but we did call in at Santa Maria in Nazareth deli Scalzi. They were saying the rosary at the time. It has a magnificent interior of many ...
Got up by 8am to make our Gondola ride at 9.30 to find a cold rainy day outside so it was postponed. We had a much needed leisurely breakfast and then off to our tour of St Marks Cathedral and the Doges Palace/prison cells. Because it was high tide parts of St Marks square was under water and entry into the cathedral was limited and slow. It was built to honour San Marco who's body was stolen so that Venice could have its own saint buried there. Inside there was a ...
... last minute essentials. I looked awful. Jason’s breath smelled like he had just awakened from a coma. He was sporting a beard that looked similar to Steven Seagal’s in “Hard to Kill.” I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up in an Italian Cosmopolitan magazine in the weekly feature of, “What not to wear.” Regardless, we were going to see the sites.
I think I was ...
... then went on to a lace-making demonstration which was followed by the inevitable sales pitch. This village was definitely the highlight of the tour.
Our final stop before heading back to the main island was Torcello, which is famous for the Byzantine Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta which was founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna in 639 and is one of the oldest churches in the whole of Italy. Although Torcello is now ...