Arriving in Venice, start of our cruise

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San Giorgio Maggiore Island - Typical Venezia scene
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As planned we left our hotel in Verona at 8:00am to drive the last stretch toward our cruise ship, the MSC MUSICA in Venice.


We arrived at Venice harbor at 9:30am. The bus stopped right next to our ship so we wouldn't have to drag our luggage all across the major construction site that is Venice harbor. After getting our luggage off the bus and getting it and us checked in at the ship, we hit the closest information stand we could find for a free map. Something I had learned on my previous trip to Venice was, that without a map your screwed. haha Sure you can try to follow the signs for the Rialto bridge or St. Marco square but that won't keep you from standing in front of water with nowhere to go other then back the way you came.

So armed with a map and the sun shining on our heads we were off to explore Venezia.
Santa Maria della Salute Church
We took the Alilaguna water taxi for 6.50 Euro which left right by the cruise ship terminal and went straight to
Piazza di San Marco .  From the boat we could see a lot of Venice's "shore line". One church after the other. I snapped a few pics along the way of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and San Giorgio Maggiore island .

When we got to the end of the line we were right in between St. Marco square and San Giorgio Maggiore island. What a great place to be. The first thing I noticed that St Marco square had a mild case of Acqua Alta, which is Italian for high tide/flooding. Darn it! I didn't bring my rain boots. ;) There were walkways that could be used to navigate over to San Marco Basilica without getting your feet wet.
St. Mark's Campanile


We took a view pictures of this side of the square including the Campanile. Dad filmed the area and was delighted that the bells started ringing so he could get it on film. :)  I got a great shot of St. Marco basilica reflecting in the 2 inch deep water. After referring with our map we/I decided to talk a long way around the flooded area to get closer to Ponti di Rialto.

Half way around San Marco square we got another chance to look at San Marco Basilica in all its glory. I have to say I actually missed all the pigeons that usually swarm the area. I guess they don't like wet "feet" either. ;)

So navigating Venice's alleys is not a whole lot easier with a map as it turns out.
Acqua Alta at St. Mark's square and I didn't bring my rain boots. ;)
Good luck finding one of the "streets" on the map even though you know you're in the right place but there are more street names then streets posted on the walls of buildings. Your best bet is to follow signs for Ponti Rialto.


We came buy a beautiful looking Best Western hotel which just happened to be right across from Hard Rock Cafe. Go figure. haha
Venice is beautiful. My dad had to admit that Venice doesn't always smell. Probably had the high water (natures cleaning device) to thank for   that. There were so many impressions along the way. The beautiful little wrought iron balconies everywhere covered in flowers; The gondolas in the water ways, as overpriced as they are; church after church; piazza after piazza.

We enjoyed an authentic Italian cappuccino and a piece of, the one, the only, Tiramisu. YUM! The price was okay, I guess. Seeing how you pay for the atmosphere and the authenticity of it all. ;)

We managed to find Ponti Rialto or Rialto bridge.
More people that didn't bring their rain boots
It was crowded, of course. The sun was shining and the air was a comfortable temperature. It was about 1:00pm now. The ship won't leave for another 3 hours. After taking a ton more pictures and enjoying the weather we moved on.


More piazzas and churches along the way. We were now navigating toward Piazzale Roma, which is close to the ship harbor and overall collecting point for people coming to Venice. Located at the end of Liberty bridge with parking garages, bus station and train station. We figured we would find our ship again from there.

We saw a couple more things along the way, like Basilica Frari and the University of Venice. I had to buy a spare battery for my camera, which I didn't get around to while I was still home. I'm not going to tell you how much that cost me. At least it's working properly and came in handy quite a few times on this trip.
Basilica St. Marco


At Piazzale Roma we were thrilled to find a shuttle bus from MSC Musica waiting for us. We were even happier when we saw that it was free! We were back at the ship at 3:00pm so we went on board for the first time. Dad and Irene had already been on a couple of cruises so they knew what to expect. Me, being a cruise virgin, had no idea.

 
missandrea81 says:
Have a great time, Daniel!!
Posted on: Mar 15, 2010
missandrea81 says:
How many times have you been there Enrico?
Posted on: Jan 11, 2010
eglp says:
Venice is such a nice city, I have enjoyed it every time we have been there.
Posted on: Jan 10, 2010
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Santa Maria della Salute Church
Santa Maria della Salute Church
St. Marks Campanile
St. Mark's Campanile
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Acqua Alta at St. Mark's square a…
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More people that didn't bring the…
Basilica St. Marco
Basilica St. Marco
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Best Western Hotel behind St Marc…
Rialto Bridge and Canal Grande
Rialto Bridge and Canal Grande
Ponti di Rialto
Ponti di Rialto
Canal Grande viewed from Rialto Br…
Canal Grande viewed from Rialto B…
Me :)
Me :)
Another view from Rialto bridge
Another view from Rialto bridge
One of the many many churches
One of the many many churches
Two Gondoliers taking a break
Two Gondoliers taking a break
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa d…
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa …
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I believe this is Scuola Grande A…
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Frari Basilica from a different a…
View from Piazzale Roma toward a s…
View from Piazzale Roma toward a …
View from the cruise ship over Ven…
View from the cruise ship over Ve…
BIG cruise ship MCS Musica
BIG cruise ship MCS Musica
First look at our ship
First look at our ship
The stern of the ship
The stern of the ship
Different angle of Santa Maria del…
Different angle of Santa Maria de…
Campanile
Campanile
At St. Marco square
At St. Marco square
Close up of the window
Close up of the window
Basilica St. Marco close-up
Basilica St. Marco close-up
Bell, clock and lion
Bell, clock and lion
Santa Maria della Salute Church, y…
Santa Maria della Salute Church, …
Campanile and Basilica St. Marco
Campanile and Basilica St. Marco
Best Western hotel different angle
Best Western hotel different angle
Venice street and bridges
Venice street and bridges
Love the little balconies
Love the little balconies
More little balconies with flowers
More little balconies with flowers
Canal Grande
Canal Grande
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Canal Grande and Venetian houses
Canal Grande and Venetian houses
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa d…
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa …
Basilica Frari
Basilica Frari
Another bell tower
Another bell tower
Another venetian building
Another venetian building
Quiet little corner
Quiet little corner
More Venetian architecture
More Venetian architecture
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also don't remember what this was…
The German embassy. I wasnt looki…
The German embassy. I wasn't look…
Park by Piazzale Roma
Park by Piazzale Roma
More water ways
More water ways
Our cabin on the ship
Our cabin on the ship
Cheese!
Cheese!
Mini golf on board?
Mini golf on board?
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