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Scarpiland Caravan Park

Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Venice a city of 269,000 people and 20 million visitors a year, unfortunately they all decided to come on the 1st Sept like us. Big crowds in Venice no matter where you go.
Arriving in Venice is like stepping into a surreal never never land . Most cities have car choked roads and impenetrable one way systems,Venice has gondolas water buses and a labyrinthine network of canals.
Once we arrived in Venice along with our fellow tourists the first question that comes to mind is " What do we do now" We followed the crowd for a little while and took in the awesome scenery but did not want to do this for very long. We soon found out that any type of tour you wish to make does not leave before 2pm and must be booked 2 days in advance.Saw some water taxis, asked the fellow if he could tour us around Venice for an hour or so and the cost. He told us everything we wanted to hear and despite being a tad expensive we went for it. Best thing we had done. We toured the grand canal which runs through the city, saw all the popular buildings, bridges and enjoyed our private tour guide as well. He could not have done a better job for us. We also went to some of the smaller canal areas where the people actually live and work. A great experience for us both. It is a very good way to see the city.
After our tour we walked around for a bit, visited the St Marco square which is enormous and so very beautiful. We were told that everybody can get lost in Venice, with 117 islands,150 odd canals and 400 bridges it is no wonder and yes we did too. Found the Rialto bridge ok, so now we can say we went under and over the Rialto. Of course went under the other two famous ones as well, the Accademia and the Scalzi. They have build a new bridge over the Grand Canal and it is very modern. Why they decided on that is hard to understand as it looks completely out of place there.
It started to rain so sheltered and had a coffee. Decided that we had enough for the day and returned home. Venice will have to be revisited next year but what we saw today will keep us happy for a long time to come. I think everybody fall in love a little with Venice once they have seen her. Heading towards Florence and Sienna tomorrow.
A fantastic and most interesting day
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goonermarch on

Another great blog so well done to you both - nil points today but a challenge for you tomorrow when you are in Florence. Visit the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and takea photo of the shop on the bridge which I think is a jewellers owned by MARCHI - if you can do this then i will post the points on the photo

Ingrid on

I LOVE Venice... Pity you didn't get to go to the Islands they are amazing. You have restaurants in the front of houses and they are usually owned by the fisherman so the food is fantastic. Did you go up the tower in the square? xx

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