- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Having left the tour, we begin to explore on our own. Our fist destination in the Rialto Bridge, for a gondola ride.
Navigation is very simple, just follow the Rialto signs. This is a bit of a shock, organisation in Italy.
We cross the biridge and head for on of the many gondola stations. € 80 per boat. Appropriately, Jeannette & I get the king seats, whilst Le'Anne & Steve take their place ...
... children to the environment in hidden places. Sometimes it was a test of their ability to survive the privations of life, but as often it was a way of disposing of the "unwanted" child. The Pieta church would take these children in, raise them, educate them and often, employ them in the church choir until they could be independent. The city council of the Republic hated the idea and placed a marble stone on the spot cursing those who rejected their offspring. The plaque ...
... Italy does have a bit of a rep for this sadly! That night it was one of the girls birthday so everyone had a few drinks. As one of the oldest on the tour, I can't handle quite as many hangovers as this lot so I didn't drink quite as much this time, determined not to spoil my day in Venice which I was so looking forward to. So I had a relatively early night and left them to it by about midnight. Sadly the weather was awful! Raining grey ...
... breakfast we got tickets for the tender boat to take us ashore to the main island of Thira which has about 15 thousand population in the winter and more than 100 thousand in the summer. Even before we had landed we could smell the donkeys the island is known for! Then we bought another ticket for a twelve minute speed boat ride and bus trip to the village of Oia. What a picturesque place. So pristine on the hillside with its white, and soft yellow houses and buildings and ...
... its spell,enchanted by the ambiance of soft lamplight, the moon playing hide-and-seek with billowy clouds, the music and being together.
Saturday morning came too early, but we powered through by having breakfast at the café next to the hotel and then heading again to San Marco by vaporetto, the water taxi. The vaporetto took us under the Rialto Bridge and past centuries-old homes that open directly onto the canal. Along the ...