Venice Travel Blog› entry 23 of 48 › view all entries
My host from Padova needed to go to Venice for work and he suggested that I joined him. I thought it was an excellent idea, being so close to Venice it would have been unforgivable for me to miss it. We took the regional train and arrived into the island city pretty early, around 9:00 AM. I got myself a map of Venice and soon learned that it is not so difficult to navigate around the city. I don’t think I had ever been in a city which was a Patrimony of Humanity in its entirety. I took about 150 pictures of Venice, but I could have easily taken 1,000; basically everywhere you look makes a nice corner worth of a picture.
Since we arrived from the train station, one of our first stops was the ancient ghetto. It was Saturday, and so, we couldn’t take pictures in from of the synagogue. I kept on walking the Strada Nuova until I arrived to the Campo of Santi Apostoli. Very near to that is the access to the Ponte Rialto and the Market. I walked the area a bit and then headed to San Marco. One thing that is nice is that there are a lot of signs indicating you how to get to San Marco in virtually every street.
The Basilica and Piazza of San Marco are of course magnificent and very worth of its fame. I wanted to enter the church, but the line of tourists willing to get in made me think otherwise. I only had one day in Venice and I did not want to spend it in a line. I got myself a day pass for the motor boat taxi and visited the Church of Santa Maria de la Salute, a very singular church, as it is round in the inside.
I was getting pretty hungry by the moment and it was also starting to rain, so I thought it would be good to find a place to eat. When I got down from the boat in San Marco, I saw an ad of a Hard Rock Café. I know many may think that it doesn’t make sense to go there being in Venice, but I would definitively kill for some good chicken wings. It ended up being a good call because even though the price was a bit expensive, I met some cool people from Costa Rica, Spain and the Netherlands to hang out with. I saw the first half of the Holland-Japan game and then I decided to resume my touring.
It was raining a bit more outside, but I still took a taxi boat and got at the Accademia. I walked a bit on the other side of the Grand Canal, visiting some Churches and other interesting places. I got a little tired, so I went back to the boat station again and now I travelled the Gran Canal up until I got to Piazzale Roma, where I took a little nap in a bench, lol. I then decided to call it a day and went back to Padova. At night my host took me to a Mexican restaurant that was quite cool and then we walked a bit of Padova downtown at night. It was a perfect day touring Venice! Wow, this trip just keeps on getting more and more exciting!