Arriving in Venice (via Marco Polo Airport)
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The Marco Polo airport in Venice is surprisingly small, and fairly nice. Not as nice as Zurich's airport with smooth modern lines and cowbell sounds in its subways, but nice.
On the day we arrived, we went around and investigated all of the transportation possibilities for getting from the airport to our hotel (Hotel a la Commedia) near the Rialto bridge in Venice. The public water buses were on strike the day we arrived and the private water taxes were about 90 euros, so we settled on the private water bus, Alilaguna, which was 12 euros per person. The ride took about 45 minutes (versus 15 on the private water taxi) but the cost savings was well worth it since we were buying with weak U.
We arrived at the Rialto bridge stop at dusk and the sight was amazing. I've included pictures of the Grand Canal at dusk and some pictures from around Venice that I took that night.
Venice is not a friendly place for luggage. Even with our luggage on wheels, we had to roll it over cobblestone and brick streets, up and down some stairs, and over at least two bridges which link the walkways that are separated by small canals. Having a fairly small suitcase and a large backpack was a blessing at this point because the walkways can be crowded and two suitcases would be on the border of unmanageable. The last thing you need on vacation is to throw out your back or have your suitcase end up in a canal. :-)
Obviously a large part of the allure of the city is the water.
We asked the concierge in our hotel where to go for dinner. He suggested several places where more Venetians than tourists would be dining. We ended up just walking and walking, taking whichever paths looked the most interesting until we found a restaurant that seemed to satisfy our expectations for a typical Venetian dinner. The wine was definitely better than the food, but we had a great time anyway.