Thursday, October 27, 2011


City: Venice, Italy

Dates: 10-11 October, 2011

Transportation to City: Train from Florence to Venice (Italia Rail)

Transportation in City: Our feet

Places Seen/Visited: 
- Rialto Bridge
- Santa Maria della Salute
- San Giorgio Maggiore
- Dorsoduro Neighborhood
- San Geremia Square
- St. Mark's Square and Basilica
- Doge's Palace
- The Campanile
- St. Mark's Clock Tower

Food Eaten:
- Margarita Pizza

- Split Fettuccine Alfredo and Ravioli with Brandon
- Choco-Mint Gelato
- Sandwich (Rosemary Focaccia, Mozzarella, Some Kinda of Meat)
- Four-Cheese Pizza

Hostel Review: 
PROS: Clean. Nice location near to the train station, so it was very easy to find when we first got there. Also, we were on the island itself, so we didn't have to pay for water taxis everyday.

CONS: Our roommates spoke no English, so we couldn't even ask simple things like "Is someone in the bathroom?" Having roommates is always a little awkward. My bed was very close to the bed next to me and I woke up to a big Spanish guy snoring next to me . . . We were promised WIFI, but it never worked. The website also said we would receive free towels, but apparently that applied only to private rooms (I would have had to pay a euro or two to use one). Had to wait awhile for the bathroom in the morning.

Things Learned:
- You don't really need to use the water buses if you have more than a day in Venice. You can easily walk everywhere and you'll see a lot more. Be warned though, there are a lot of bridges. My knees/feet were hurting a lot in Florence and the bridges in Venice nearly killed me.

- Check the signs before you get in line for something. You aren't allowed to bring a backpack into St. Mark's Basilica, which we only realized when we reached the front of the line. We lost our place and had to go to the basilica's office on a side street of the square to store Brandon's backpack while we went inside (it was free, at least, both to store the backpack and to enter the basilica).
- Don't leave your toothbrush in the hostel!
- Do buy wine with a screw-on cap or ask (before buying) if the cashier has a corkscrew. Don't try to remove a cork with your keys.
- If a man selling roses comes up to you at the end of the night and offers to give you the rest of the roses as a gift because he's stopping business for the day, don't believe him. He will ask for money and you will get mad.
- Buy a map! A simple little picture printed off the internet won't do. You'll probably get lost no matter what, but a map really helps.

Favorite Parts:
- First seeing the canals and gondolas. I've never seen a city like Venice and after seeing it so much in pictures and movies, it was amazing to see in person. 

- Eating (always!).
- Watching the sunset on the canal. The first night, we watched it on the Southern shore of the Dorsoduro neighborhood. The colors were magnificent. The second night, we watched it on the Grand Canal and again, it was gorgeous. 

My First Look at Venice!

On Ponte degli Scalzi

Rialto Bridge

Santa Maria della Salute

San Giorgio Maggiore

A Canal

Sunset the First Night


Sunset the Second Night

St. Mark's Square



  1. I LOVE the picture of the gondolas. Wow.

  2. That picture of the gondolas looks like it should be in National Geographic! Although my favorite part of the post is reading about what you ate - my mouth is watering!


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