Milan to Venice

Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
Trip End Sep 23, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Our plane was delayed 2 hours from leaving JFK in New York so today has been a long travel day. Starting at Aeroporto Malpensa, the international airport closest to Milan, we took a 40 minute train to downtown Milan. Then we walked 3 miles to Milan’s Central Train Station and caught a 3-1/2 hour train ride to Venice.

True, I could have looked into booking an additional flight to take us from Milan to Venice. But then we would have missed having the chance to see a bit of Milan (including the impressive Castello Sforzesco) and the beautiful country side, which was more of our intention on this trip.

After traveling for almost 36 hours, we couldn’t wait to check into the hotel, take a shower and meander the streets of Venice (or Venezia, as the Italians spell it). We were both also looking forward to sleeping in an actual bed tonight. Especially given that the last 2 nights we spent sitting in an airplane, between the NYC flight and then to into Milan.

Oh to be back in this beautiful artistic city! So amazing and full of life. We finally arrived around 5 pm. The Annual Regata Showcasing was going on which meant we had to walk to our hotel instead of taking a Vapporeto (water bus). We stopped at the top of a bridge that crosses the Grand Canal and watched the boats for a few minutes. It was so strange to see the Grand Canal so empty and still when on a normal day it is full of traffic.
We wandered the streets and used the GPS on Nate’s iPhone to help us navigate the best way to our Hotel - Albergo San Samuele. Everywhere we looked we wanted to stop, look and explore. However, with our luggage on our backs we kept on heading to the hotel.
20 minutes later we got to the hotel. It was amazing we found it given the small sign and that is located 2 flights up!
After a well deserved (and needed) shower we headed out to find dinner. We didn’t go far and ate at a lovely cafe in Piazza Santo Stephano. I had Gnocchi in a butter and sage sauce and Nate had local fish with sliced potato. It felt good to relax and enjoy.
After dinner we were going to head to a concert, but instead choose to explore the streets and find some gelato. We wandered over to the Rialto Bridge and walked along the Grand Canal. It took us a couple tries but we found a Gelato place that sold gluten fee (senza glutine) gelato. It was delicious and a perfect way to end our first night in Venice.
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