02.04.2011 21 °C
We boarded our train from Firenze (Florence) and two hours later we were standing smack bang in the middle of Venice. The gods were on our side and we were lucky enough to have sunshine for the first day. We checked into our hotel which was a story on its own… it had a heap of character…that’s if you like your appliances barely hanging on the wall. It was original in the sense it hadn’t been touched for hundreds of years. Haha.
So, first things first, we strolled into Piazza San Macro. It was beautiful and so was the Grande Canal. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the men selling fake goods run away from the polizia. We ate the biggest pizza imaginable and I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the cute little bridge crossings. I have to say it is an unbelievable place to see.
We entered Basilica di San Marco (Venices main church) which was completely mosaic. Amazing!
And attempted to find an original Venetian mask, which is not an easy task among the many cheap fakes. Many stores later we walked out with a stunning green one and even an original painting too. Yay!
Day two; the weather decided to not be so friendly! It rained pretty much all day so we decided to board a water taxi and head to Morano Island to check out the glass factories. We managed to get a personal tour into one of the factories and see the chandeliers being made. Unfortunately I couldn’t take any photos but it was unreal.
We only had two days in Venice, and as we left the weather decided to be perfect again. Below is a little snap shot of the markets early in the morning.
I don’t even know if any words can really describe it. Over the top, yes, beautiful, yes, but the religious feel, no. Strange really! Every room was glitz and glam with the most beautiful and intricate artwork. The photos don’t do it half the justice it deserves.
Unfortunately you couldn’t take photos in the Sistine chapel and we were to side tracked from the vast array of paintings and sculptures in the museum that we missed the pope doing his regular Wednesday wave.
Afterwards we went to check out Fontana di Trevi and were hit by a hail and thunder storm. Unusual to say the least… I hope it has nothing to do with visiting the Vatican. Haha. (We went back the next day to have a second look too – while the sun was shining, and I have to say it is the most beautiful sculpture of all, even beats David
Next to the Pantheon
Day two; the weather could not have been any more perfect, especially for site seeing. We checked out Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, Areo di Tito, Arco di Costantino and the Palatino.
Along with the Colosseo; along with many cute streets, cafes and more monuments.
I would definitely go back to Rome any day; I would have to say I was very sad to wave goodbye to the beautiful city.