Welcome back so where were we? oh yes so moving on from beautiful Florence it’s just another quick (ish) train ride to Venice. nothing could prepare me for just how stunning this city is. even more so i was surprised by the water, now don’t get me wrong i knew the city is built around the grand canal with plenty of little of shoots, but i was surprised by how far into the city these went, but i loved it.
The hotel was a lovely quiet canal, a 10 minute walk from the station with rooms overlooking one of the canals. the room had a gorgeous 4 poster bed, a first for me and shutters instead of curtains outside the large french windows which led to a balcony. The staff also left helpful hints to enjoy Venice by!
one of the main attractions in the city is the Doges Palace, which along with housing a lot of interesting historical artifacts and information about the city and its leading family’s it also houses the dungeons Cassanova escaped from in 1756, definitely worth a visit on any trip to the city
there are many different modes of transportation on offer in the city, walking is the cheapest, fastest and best way to explore all the nooks and crannies, water taxi is by far the most expensive but will get you close to main streets.Alternatively there is the waterbus which is relatively chap and has stops at most of the major sites around he city, prices start from 7 euro for a one way trip or you can buy tourist passes which allow unlimited usage over 1-2 days for 20-30 euros.
However you absolutely cannot visit the city without taking a gondola ride . Prices start from 80 euros per boat ( which can seat upto 6). there are gondola stations all over the city and near to many of the major bus routes. any are manned by gondoliers in uniform and there are sometimes a range of routes on offer at varying price increases. I’m guessing that demand differs through the year, as it was January dusk seemed the best time to view the city as the sun falls and the lights come on.
This was a once in a lifetime experience and a city i will never forget
So it is arrivederci to Italy and……. well who knows where next