After our day in Amsterdam, we took a flight to Venice, Italy.
In case you missed it:
I loved the airport in Amsterdam. It was very efficient and felt very futuristic. Everything was automated, including the self check of our luggage. And I didn’t have to take my shoes off in security!
My aunt and I were both tired from our busy days in Paris and Amsterdam so we slept pretty much the entire flight to Venice. Once we arrived in Venice, it was sunny and warm, which was a nice change from the cold in Amsterdam!
I started to worry in Amsterdam that I wouldn’t find Venice as impressive or beautiful since I LOVED Amsterdam and both cities are built on the water and have lots of canals. But I was wrong!! Venice was adorable and had a very different look and feel compared to Amsterdam.
We took a water taxi from the airport to a spot that was supposedly close to the hotel. Have you ever been to Venice? It is ridiculously hard to find your way around! Even with GPS, maps and directions, we spent a long time wandering around with all our luggage trying to find our hotel.
Finally, we found our hotel and the lady there to greet us was standing outside waiting for us because we were quite a bit later than I told her we would be. But really, how could we NOT know our hotel was down this alley:
We stayed at Hotel Ca’ San Trovaso, which was absolutely lovely. We were on the 3rd floor with windows overlooking other buildings.
It was also my first experience seeing a bidet toilet in real life! I still don’t understand it and no, I didn’t try it!
After eating lunch and buying postcards and (very expensive) stamps, we started our walk down to St. Mark’s Square and of course we got lost! We finally found some signs leading us in the right direction but the signs took us through every souvenir shop in Venice it seemed. I started to feel like a mouse in a maze and that we would never find the end!
Along the way, we stopped for gelato, which was the first of many gelatos to be had in Italy.
We got to St. Mark’s Square after 5pm so it was closed but there was a huge crowd outside and around the area. So many people!!
We saw the Bridge of Sighs, which connects Doge’s Palace with the prison so it got it’s name because the prisoners would cross the bridge, take one last view of Venice, and sigh before their imprisonment.
After a short time in this area, I wanted away from the crowd! So we took a private water taxi down the Grand Canal to get some good pictures of the city. I wish we had known about Rick Steves’ audio tours, because that would’ve been a good time to listen to one (we did these audio tours later in Rome when my aunt, uncle, and cousin met up with us).
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest bridge across the grand canal.
We had the taxi drop us off at the Piazzale Roma, stupidly, instead of near our hotel. So we spent more time wandering around trying to find our way.
Once we found our hotel again, we took a short break and then wandered back out to find something to eat for dinner. We followed our noses and found a lovely meal of pizza, wine, and chocolate soufflé!
It was delicious! After the meal, we had a very difficult time getting the waiter to come back to our table so we could get the check. I was beginning to get anxious because I was ready for bed. We later learned that in Italy it is rude for them to bring the check unless asked. But we also learned they avoid you like the plague when you are trying to get the check!
Afterwards, we walked back to our hotel in the dark and did not get lost! The next morning, breakfast was served to us in our room before we headed out to Florence.
I would’ve loved to have more time in Venice to explore and feel more comfortable in the area. I guess that means I will have to return!!
Stay tuned as we head to Florence next!