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2011/09/06 Visiting Italy Day 5-9: Venice
π 2011-09-06 01:01 in Italy2011, Trips
We arrived in Venice a little late the first day due to a strike from public workers, but thankfully Italy added a law that prevented them from striking during rush hours, so we were able to get a train after 17:00 from Bologna, and get to Venice.

We had a few hours of daylight after arriving:

Getting to Venice was quick with 300kph trains like in France
Getting to Venice was quick with 300kph trains like in France

Fresh off the train, to the Vaporetto to Piazza St Marco close to where our condo was
Fresh off the train, to the Vaporetto to Piazza St Marco close to where our condo was

There we are
There we are



The next morning, we went out for sighseeing and started with Piazza San Marco and its beautiful Basillica:



one of many many churches
one of many many churches


Venice has lots of small plazas
Venice has lots of small plazas

Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco

Basillica Di San Marco
Basillica Di San Marco















Across the Plazza, we started with the less busy Correr Museum before Doge's Palace which we did the next day





Then, we went up the Campanile (clock tower) for a nice panoramic view:

Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace









For the rest of the day, we went to see the Accademia Gallery:


from a random art museum
from a random art museum








view from Accademia Bridge
view from Accademia Bridge



The following morning, we went back to Piazza San Marco to see Doge's Palace with the Bridge of Sighs that yields to the underground prison across the canal:





crossing the bridge on the way to their cell, prisonners got a last view of venice, and Sighed
crossing the bridge on the way to their cell, prisonners got a last view of venice, and Sighed



From there, we went towards the huge Frari Church past the Rialto bridge.



Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge




Frari Church
Frari Church





time for a little wine and snacks
time for a little wine and snacks



nice house :)
nice house :)


The next morning, we went to another random church and the market by Rialto Bridge, and headed towards the train station to take the full grand canal cruise with a front view:






I love those mini strawberries
I love those mini strawberries


DHL, delivering day and night :)
DHL, delivering day and night :)



It was weird to see streets and cars at the limit of Venice
It was weird to see streets and cars at the limit of Venice

Once we were at the first Vaporetto station, we ran in to score a couple of front seats to do the grand canal cruise as per the Rick Steve book (and its audiobook we had on our phones):





Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge


there are only a few seats in the front of a Vaporetto
there are only a few seats in the front of a Vaporetto





Gondolla traffic jam
Gondolla traffic jam

At the end, we hopped off at a random art museum and the nearby Church




Eisher would be proud :)
Eisher would be proud :)

Nice view of Piazza San Marco
Nice view of Piazza San Marco

Once we were back, we took another Ferry to Murano (glass blowing) and Burano (nice colored houses and lace-making). We went to Murano first, and checked out some glass blowing places and a local museum on glass:







how the hell do you get a horse off a blog of glass?
how the hell do you get a horse off a blog of glass?




Then, we went to Burano:









And it was time to head back for the main island and the church of San Giorgio Maggiore and the great view from its top:

cool 'boat' :)
cool 'boat' :)








Doge Palace again
Doge Palace again




After that, we were pretty much done with what we wanted to see, outside of a Gondola Ride on the todo list. The next and last morning, we went for that, and here are a few random picture:

moving equipment from boats looks interesting...
moving equipment from boats looks interesting...



not so good for the first floor...
not so good for the first floor...


high waters that day
high waters that day





almost looks like rush hour :)
almost looks like rush hour :)

And just like this, it was time to move to our next city, Florence. We're lucky because 4 nights in Venice turned out being just right for seeing everything.

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