We arrived in Venice! There is one way to describe this city: amazing. There really are no words to describe how beautiful and unique Venice is. Obviously there is the main canal running through the city, but there are many other smaller canals all over, including one right outside our hotel! We arrived last night after a few plane delays, it was a relief to find our hotel and get settled in. Today we spent the daylight touring, seeing many of the famous sights. We started out visiting Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, a beautiful church near where we are staying. We then went to the famous Rialto bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. The atmosphere here was very lively and it was pretty crowded, surprising for the winter time! I can’t imagine how crowded it would be during the summer months. After crossing the bridge we visited Piazza San Marco to see the Basilica di San Marco and climb the bell tower. The Basilica was gorgeous inside with artwork that included real gold. The view from the bell tower was outstanding (see picture below). There are more pictures on Facebook of every angle of this amazing view. We then stopped for lunch at a local restaurant, I had seafood pasta. Yum! Finally, we splurged and took a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Leonardo really enjoyed this! The views from the water were just as amazing as the views from land.
Tomorrow we will see more sites around the city and soak it all in since it is our last full day here. We have been very lucky, there has been no rain in the last couple days here so the city isn’t flooded! This was an unexpected surprise based on recent weather patterns.
Arrivederci for now!