Oct 1: Venice!
Oct 1: Venice!
Oct 1: Sightseeing in Venice
After arriving in Venice on the night of the 30th, we checked in at the Instituto San Giuseppe, a monastery that runs a daycare & primary school and also a boarding house for visitors to the city.
On the morning of Oct 1, we headed out to St. Mark’s Square (San Marco) where we met at 9:15 beneath the twin columns. Because we’d have only one full day of visiting we had booked tickets for a guided tour group. The tour did provide “skip the line” access although the normal line did not actually look that long in the morning. The guide mentioned to us that before COVID-19 in 2020 things had gotten so crowded that there was a line for “skip the line” as well!
Afterward, we began a walking tour around the area between San Marco and Rialto Bridge.
After a hour-and-a-half break for lunch, we hurried back to the meeting point again for the afternoon tour of the Doge’s Palace.
After touring the palatial chambers and halls of justice, we proceeded also to see the attached “new prisons” where prisoners were held. Accommodations were spartan, but better than in most prisons of the time.
After touring the palace, we took a break and then purchased water bus (vaporetto) passes for a night time tour of the Grand Canal, narrated via the Rick Steves Audio Europe app. After a few mistakes getting there, we started at the bus station stop and rode the #2 vaporetto to San Marco, enjoying the beautiful sights of the palaces as they were originally meant to be appreciated: from the water.
After the “cruise”, we landed at St. Mark’s square again and quickly found some pizza to eat before making it back before the curfew of 11 p.m. at the monastery!
Oct 2: back to Rome
There’s not too much to say yet about Oct 2, as we simply got up and wandered around before getting croissants from a cafe and a drinkable yoghurt from the supermarket. We then re-used our vaporetto passes from the previous night and headed to the the train station, where we departed and are now on our way back to Rome, from where Christina will leave for America tomorrow.