This afternoon we fly back to Budapest. The weekend in Venice flew by, it was so much fun! Yesterday we again spent the daylight touring the city, visiting the last couple spots we were interested in seeing. First, we walked back to Piazza San Marco to tour the Doge’s Palace. We learned that the Doge was the head of the state in the Venetian Republic. The Palace contained his apartments, meeting rooms for important political leaders, a court system, and prisons. Although there was a devastating fire centuries ago, many artifacts were saved and preserved for the viewing of the public. The inside of the Palace was beautiful, containing many rooms with elaborately decorated ceilings and walls. After touring the Palace, we took a 10 minute boat shuttle ride to the island of Murano. This island is famous for its colorful glass, known all over the world as ‘Murano glass’. Murano was quieter and smaller than Venice, although just as touristy, especially near the boat port. We were able to see a beautiful view of Venice, quite a sight on such a nice day. Last night we topped off the trip with a nice dinner on the Grand Canal near the Rialto bridge. Leonardo enjoyed the spinach/ricotta ravioli and Scaloppine Marsala! Yum.
My trip to Venice was very memorable and will be one of the highlights of my entire Study Abroad experience (special thank you to Grandma Janice and Poppy for encouraging me to go). We were extremely lucky in that it didn’t rain all weekend, in fact, it was sunny and 50-60 degrees most of the time. For anyone who hasn’t been to Venice, I would highly encourage you to go someday. It is an extremely unique city that is small enough to have a quaint atmosphere yet has everything a tourist could want. For now, it is back to Budapest for me.
Arrivederci for now!