Contiki Day 8 - Venice, Italy
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We were up early this morning, had a quick breakfast and hopped on the bus. Magoo was driving us to where we had to hop on the boat which would take us to Venice, as there are no cars on the island. We walked along the dock and let me tell you it was a prett rickety dock!! We hopped on the boat and it was really hot already, the temperature had really increased as we were heading further south.
The boat ride was only about 20 minutes and before long we could see the floating/sinking city! It was quite impressive. We walked to St Mark's square and JB told us that our meeting point for the day would be the bell tower. Our first stop though was to a lace making demonstration, kind of lame, but some the the lace was really beautiful.
JB then asked if the group wanted to go for lunch together as he knew a really nice pizza place not far from there. All of us went of course, because JB knew more about the are than we did. The pizza place was quite small in a tiny alley way, and it was the nicest pizza we have ever had!! It was so fresh and we ordered two between 5 of us and we had to order a third because it was just so nice!
After lunch we were left to our own devices.
After the Rialto bridge, we decided to head back to St Marks square to meet everyone at the bell tower. We were hoping there would be enough time to have a look at the basilica as well as walk across the Bridge of Sighs, but the line was really long and we only had half an hour until our meeting time. So instead, we went to the top of the bell tower. From the top you could see views of all of Venice, it was beautiful, and you could really notice how cramped the living situation in Venice is.
We headed back down the bell tower and some of the group were already there waiting for JB. We saw an Italian guy in pink hotpants and Bree and I couldn't help but take a sneaky photo of him. Bree pretended to take a photo of herself, the end result was quite funny!
When everyone had arrive, JB began walking us to where we were to take our gondola ride.
It was late afternoon by now, and we had 45 minutes to spare before our optional dinner.
We then walked to our dinner, it felt like it was so far away because we had all been walking so much today and it was getting late, but the dinner was close to our water taxi so that wasn't bad. Dinner was ok, there were a fair few courses, but definitely not as good as the pizza from earlier in the day.
The group all met up at the Bridge of Sighs to wait for our water taxi.
We hopped back on the water taxi and finally got home about 10pm. Bree and I were pretty tired, so we went upstairs, did some washing and repacked our bags ready for tomorrow. It was a great day, but a long one at that!