|I loved the Gothic architecture of the Duomo.|
|Even upscale shops have mice! :)|
|I could have spent hours in there trying on shoes!!!|
We took the subway back to our hotel and then headed to the train station to take our next train to Venice. We sat in first class this time and the only bad thing was that Chris and I weren’t able to sit next to each other. Three hours later we arrived in Venice. I instantly feel in love with the city. We exited the train station and you walk out and see the Grand Canal. I was looking for the water taxi that would take us to Saint Mark’s Square. But there were a ton of people walking around and we were tired. Someone wearing a blue official vest asked if we needed a taxi. We said that we did and where we needed to go. Chris asked how much the guy would charge us to take us there and he picked up our bags and we got into a rather scary looking speed boat. He took us down canals that we probably shouldn’t have gone down but we pulled up to a dock 20 minutes later. He picked up our bags and we walked 5 minutes to our hotel room. We stayed in the Hotel Dianna and it wasn’t as nice as the first hotel but a bed is a bed. After we got all settled in we headed out to see Venice at night.
|The Grand Canal|
|I loved all of the smaller canals.|
Venice is magical at night. Everyone leaves and there aren’t that many people who stay on the main island. Thankfully our hotel was located right off Saint Mark’s Square. We decided to eat at Caffe Florian in Saint Marc’s Square. It was highly recommended by travel expert Rick Steve which meant that it was pretty pricey! But we soon learned that everything in Venice was very expensive because everything has to be boated in. A normal bottle of water costs thirteen dollars!! But we knew that going in so we tried not on to dwell on it. Caffe Florian had a band playing in the square so we decided to eat outside and people watch. After dinner we wandered around Venice. If you get lost in Venice just follow one of the signs for either Saint Mark’s or the Rialto Bridge. We ended up going to the Rialto Bridge and watching all the boats and people riding in their private gondola rides.
|St. Mark's Square and Basilica.|
|St. Mark's Basilica|
|Gelato for dinner is a must!|