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Venice

Grand Canal

After checking in to the hotel and having a quick shower we went to Venice, which amazed us totally. From our hotel in Mestre a bus took us to Venice in 20 minutes. Bus service cost 1EUR per person per trip. This was very convenient because cars are not allowed to the Venice.

I was first time in Venice and this was totally different from the places I have seen before and definitely more than I expected. It was 6PM when we arrived in town. The colors were extraordinarily sharp in the evening light. Gondolas were everywhere. Some of them had even opera singers. It was so romantic, but it is difficult to describe in words.

When you go to New York, you must go to Times Square, in London it is Trafalgar Square. The equivalent tourist magnet in Venice is the Piazza San Marco. From the hotel in Mestre we were given a map of Venice. We wanted to go to Piazza San Marco first night. I do not know whether the map was poor or we tired, but we did not find it in first evening. Instead of that we saw lots of beautiful narrow streets, happy people and canals full of gondolas. We had a dinner in one of the piazzas, we ate Pizza, which was very delicious and juicy. And then we just walked enjoyed each other and beauty of Venice.

On our second day, after the breakfast we went back to Venice. It was perfect weather - clear skies and +28 degrees. We walked from Piazzale Roma towards Piazza San Marco (also called as St. Mark's Square). As a first famous landmark, we crossed Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge). The Piazza di San Marco may be more famous, but the Ponte di Rialto is the true heart of Venice. Although the time was early, there was already market open. The bridge consists primarily of steps, making it a challenge for tourists with strollers or wheelchairs.

Venice is a pricy place. The lunch in Pizza ristorantes starts from 12 EUR. But there is also a possibility to buy a slice of tasty pizza in pizza corners, where you can’t sit. But pizzas are very tasty and cost appr. 4EUR.

After having a pizza slice with a Coke as a lunch, we took a public boat to bus station at Piazzale Roma. The public boats are called vaporetti and they run almost all the time; usually you have to wait not more than 10 minutes. We used the vaporetti No 1 from Piazza San Marco to Piazzale Roma. The ride took approximately one hour and it had 13 stops. It cost 3.50EUR per person. It was very good ride to see Grand Canale and to take a lot of pictures.

From Venice we were driving towards France. As we were really pleased with Venice, we even thought that we might drive towards Sicily and have the trip only in Italy. But we skipped that idea this time.

See more Venice pictures in Venice photo gallery.