Italy (Part 4 – 8 hours in Venice) – Dec ’16

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.

Movies depict Venice as a city of love where couples enjoy their time on-board a gondola through the passageways. While the old time gondoliers sang in octave seventh some mesmerizing melody of Venetian song, the modern time gondola is pretty pricey.

Overall, Venice is still beautiful with its stunning architecture, mysterious passageways and of course, the canals. We enjoyed the marble paved streets with no car, no traffic light hence no CO2 emission and at the end of the canals, the open sea was captivating.

Left baggage

We arrived in Venice early in the morning and we would catch the night bus to Austria, therefore we chose the option to deposit our baggage at Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station (deposito bagagli).

Opening Hours: 06.00 – 23.00 (everyday)

Charges: EUR 6 for the first 5 hours and EUR 0.90/hour from 6th to 12th hour (per baggage)

So we paid about EUR 15 for our two big backpacks for 7 hours plus.

Getting lost

See the direction the bulk of the crowd is going? Turn left. Or right, if left would put us in a canal. And keep walking. Find another crowd? Go the other way. Keep walking until we found those quiet back-streets of Venice, where Venetians live and work and shop. It was fun getting lost in Venice and the map was of no help at all.

We roamed around the streets of Venice, got into small alleys and found ourselves back to the main canals again.

Some attractions

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

The Doge’s Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of Venice.

The Rialto market is particularly known as a fish market, but there’s plenty of fresh veggies and fruit for sale as well. Everything was fresh and colourful.

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