Not sure if this is what Casanova had in mind...
Venice Travel Blog› entry 4 of 18 › view all entries
We woke up and went down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast; as it was included in our price, and Venice is VERY expensive, we weren't about to turn it down!
After filling ourselves with enough coffee, bread, fruit and cheese, we headed out for our day. First, it was our chance to view Saint Mark's Square in the daylight. Our hotel was directly off from the square, so we didn't have far to go.
It was stunning in the fog. So beautiful, I had never seen anything like it. We spent some time just walking around it, took some pictures, and then headed into St. Mark's Cathedral to walk around. It was really lovely. It's funny... I guess I thought maybe in a big, old cathedral like that, I would have more of a sense of worship; and while it was very pretty, I didn't feel anything else.
Anyway, we left the Cathedral and that's when we learned about the clock in the square - it is a 24 hour clock, and at midnight will ring out 24 times, as opposed to the more typical 12. The mystery of the night before was solved.
We proceeded to wander the streets, beginning by heading out behind the left side of the Cathedral away from the square, and then choosing the alleys and paths that struck our fancy. Neither of us could get over how empty the streets were; time after time we would turn down a path, and be the only people on it; it was like we rented out Venice for our own private exploration.
We found an internet cafe to quickly write home. I got a call from Dario in Rome, to make final plans for the day we would see him in Rome.
Finally, we made our way around to Grand Canal, and the Bridge of Sighs, which had been my big goal for Venice - to take a good, up close look at the Bridge of Sighs. It was lovely, and ancient, and all the romance of all the old stories seemed so close at that instant; like you could almost still see the ghosts of the past crossing it.
We headed away from the Grand Canal and started wandering towards the Rialto, although we didn't know it at the time. We found more un-populated squares, and then had our first real Venetian meal at a small restaurant we found on a side street.
After lunch we began to head back towards the hotel and were stopped by a gondolier who offered us a boat ride for 70 Euros. This was on the lower end of what our research had said they were, and we had been interested to see Venice from a gondola, since people say you see a completely different view of Venice on them - so we said yes.
He lead us to the gondola, and we got in. The ride began really well, and I was glad we did it. He had a lot of information about the city and it's history, and was great at pointing out special buildings, bridges, etc. Then at some point, he showed us the house that the famous Casanova had lived in, and right after that there was "Casanova's Bridge".
Shortly after that the tour was over. We headed back to the room and I took a quick nap (I think Michelle read, but she could have napped) and then got up to head out to dinner.