Welcome to Italy!

Venice Travel Blog

 › entry 39 of 65 › view all entries
One of the beautiful little canals.
Coming into Italy, our tour guide warned us that a lot of Italian toilet seats go missing! We found this to be true, and we also found a system i have never seen before - a self cleaning seat. After you flush, the seat rotates and gets its own wipe from the arm that comes out...not a bad system in my opinion, as it makes paying the service fee you pay at EVERY toilet (even Macca's!) throughout the UK and Europe not so bad!
Our accommodation was at a camping village just outside the city which was very fun and relaxed, and I would really like to do more camping when i get home!
We caught a shuttle bus to town on both days to explore the wonder that is "La Serenissima" - The Most Serene Republic! I had no idea it was so big - between trying to blindly navigate through the mish mosh of tiny streets, bridges and canals to just trying to find your destination, one could get quite tired.
The Grand Canal...the local "taxi" rank!
..but then again, there's no time. There is so much to see, explore and do in the city that feels like an overgrown Ashcombe maze.
Our first day included a stop on the famous Rialto Bridge, a painstaking 30 minute attempt to capture Steph's traditional family photo in St Mark's Square (where the pigeons run wild and people actually hand feed them) and a look at The Bridge of Sigh's. We went up the Campanile (bell tower) and got a fantastic view of Venice, then caught the No. 1 Vaporetto (waterbus) along the Grand Canal including out to the island of Leto. We finished the day with the Italian specialty of Gelato...yummo!!
Day 2 was much less hectic - we got a group of six together and hired a GONDOLA!! It cost 80 euros ($128) for 35 minutes, no matter how many people, so it was best to get a group together which we did before leaving the camping ground.
Gondola in one of the canals!
The ride itself was lovely, i can see why it is so romantic for couples - cruising along quiet back streets...i mean canals! Our gondolier was fairly nice (and cute!) though he did answer his mobile several times. Afterwards, Steph and I looked in at St Mark's Basillica, where the stone floors are wildly uneven due to centuries of tidal shifts messing with the foundation!! Crazy! Steph had to buy a 1 euro oversized orange napkin to tie around her shoulders, as bare shoulders are forbidden; she looked like an odd sort of flying nun! I was luckier on the other hand, as i was wearing a t-shirt due to burning the day before (sorry Mum!). Inside was quite lovely, and I said a few prayers for my sick Pop. The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping at the markets and then (yes!) another gelato before hitting the pool back at the camping grounds!
I thoroughly enjoyed Venice - it was more than I expected (had heard a lot of bad reviews) and was definitely another place to add to my list of "very sad to leave"!
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
One of the beautiful little canals.
One of the beautiful little canals.
The Grand Canal...the local taxi…
The Grand Canal...the local "taxi…
Gondola in one of the canals!
Gondola in one of the canals!
Steph on our group gondola ride!
Steph on our group gondola ride!
Me on our gondola ride - about to …
Me on our gondola ride - about to…
photo by: asturjimmy