I loved this church!
Venice was my favorite city! I've been obsessed with it ever since my freshman year Venetian history class. We only spent a day and a half there, but I wish I could have been there a whole week! We called months in advance for tickets to San Marco, but we couldn't manage to get any, which was disappointing. I really wanted to see the amazing mosaic inside, especially after all I had already read about it and the extreme influence of the Byzantium on its art as well as its architecture. We did get to hang outside in Saint Mark's square and looked at the shops. I was tempted a few times to get Gucci...but I never did. We took Rick Steve's advice and took one of the taxi boats along the grand canal and saw some great buildings and took as many pictures as we could. Once we got to the end we walked along the grand canal and looked at all the vendors.
Look at that great dome.
I saw this beautiful oil painting the first day, and the second day I was still thinking about it, so we got it! I couldn't believe it was still there. I was also on a mission to see Murano and Burano
and get some glass and some lace. I achieved both, though Murano was full of factories, it wasn't picturesque, but we got over there for free by taking one of the taxis provided by one of the companies. They take you to their shop and you watch the demonstration (which is great by the way) and you're all set. I ended up getting these beautiful Cassanova and Lady Dancing figurines. Burano was amazing as well. Colorful houses all over the island, but I can't find my pictures! Handmade lace as well. I got some for my wedding dress for good luck and I got a handmade black lace fan. The boats only go to Burano every hour, so that's all the time we had. The other great part about Venice
are their Carnival masks. I really wanted to get one that REALLY spoke to me. My dad can attest to the loooong adventure to find it! There were some really great ones if you went off the beaten path. I mean, you can easily get a cheap one from one of the vendors, but it's really worth it to find a unique one made by an artist. One of the coolest parts of Venice was going to the Vivaldi string quintet concert right off the accademia bridge.
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So a lot of people think that the taxis are the cheapest way to get around, but actually using the bus system is the way to go (aka Vaparetto). As per… read entire review