WANDERING AROUND VENICE
Part 2 of our 24 hours in Venice continues with leaving the Libreria Acqua Alta and making our way to Piazza San Marco.
It's mid-afternoon and the area is at it's peak – with tourists filling up every single inch of the square. We fight our way through the crowds so I can show the child the famous piazza, the campanile (bell tower), Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs (like, seriously had to fight to get the child a spot to view the bridge).
Then it's off to see the famous wooden bridge that spans the width of the Grand Canal, Ponte dell'Accademia....fighting through more crowds, but stopping for a gelato or two along the way to make dealing with the crowds easier.
Hunger strikes, so we eat our dinner at "old people" time (4:30 PM), while enjoying the view of the Venetian Lagoon with all the boats zipping by and cruise ships leaving port (no wonder the city was jam-packed, there was like 4 huge cruise ships there that day). We wander through streets until we end up at Ponte dell'Accademia to try to wait for sunset, but tired-ness is starting to set in, so we hop on vaporetto and head back to the hotel for a quick nap.
Night time sets in, and me and the child venture out to see a bit of this magical city at night before finally hitting the sack.
3:30 PM – Basilica San Marco
3:31 PM – Absolutely stunning Basilica San Marco
3:31 PM – Campanile di San Marco
3:36 PM – Bridge of Sighs
3:45 PM – The Bridge of Sighs from the other side
3:49 PM – Getting some shade and checking out the shops at Piazza San Marco
3:52 PM – Love the entrance for this hotel
3:52 PM – Always packed Piazza San Marco
3:52 PM – Walking over little bridges and getting views like this
4:14 PM – View from Ponte dell'Accademia
4:16 PM – Still on Ponte dell'Accademia, looking the other way
4:22 PM – Hard to tear ourselves from this view....
4:24 PM – Walking down Campo Della Carità
4:25 PM – Old building on Campo Della Carità
4:26 PM – The child, taking her selfies everywhere
4:27 PM – Chiesa di San Trovaso along Rio San Trovaso
4:28 PM – Squero di San Trovaso
4:33 PM – Time for a quick bite to eat with a view the Venetian Lagoon and Guidecca
4:47 PM – And a glass of wine....two...for me
4:51 PM – From here, we also get a nice view of all the cruise ships leaving the port
5:02 PM – Pizza and calzone, perfect!
5:56 PM – Golden hour starting to set in
5:58 PM – Walkng along Fondamenta Nani and spotting another cruise ship leaving the port
6:00 PM – Peeps on Fondamenta Nani having a wine and cicchetti
6:01 PM – Mini soccer players
6:05 PM – Back at the Grand Canal to see everything bathed in golden light
6:06 PM – View of the Ponte dell'Accademia from the Dorsoduro side of the Grand Canal
6:07 PM – The view from Ponte dell'Accademia
6:13 PM – Still admiring the view, and trying to stick it out until sunset at 7:00 PM
6:14 PM – Last shot of the Grand Canal, time for the child to go on a vaporetto ride
6:29 PM – Checking out the sites along the Grand Canal on our way back to the hotel
6:29 PM – Beautiful scenery along the way
6:29 PM – Old buildings and stuff
6:33 PM – Gondola sighting
6:37 PM – On a packed vaporetto going towards the Rialto Bridge
6:39 PM – This gondolier.... on his phone while 'driving'
6:39 PM – Gondola parking
6:45 PM – Beautiful everywhere
8:27 PM – Rio del Magazen by our hotel
8:30 PM – Fondamenta Gaffaro
8:32 PM – Fondamenta Minotto
8:32 PM – Rio dei Tolentini
8:35 PM – Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino
8:36 PM – Rio de la Cazziola e de Ca' Rizzi
8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Fondamenta de la Croce
8:40 PM – Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi
8:47 PM – Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi
8:48 PM – Rio Terà Lista di Spagna
8:48 PM – Enjoying the view
9:23 PM – Walking back to the hotel along Fondamenta S. Simeone Piccolo
9:34 PM – The child has named this the "lip" bridge because with the reflection it looks like lips (its real name is Fondamenta Malcanton)
9:38 PM – Around the bend of this canal (Rio de Malcanton), there was like a "boat-in" concert
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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