VENICE (VENEZIA) IN THE RAINS: A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE – II

Colors! Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

Colors! Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

With the kids being a little tired, and an incessant drizzle threatening outdoor activities, we decided to explore Venice by vaporetto for a couple of hours. The kids could cool their heels (well, their parents, too :)) and we had shelter from the rain during the ride.
Splash-splash! Along the Canal Grande, Venice

Splash-splash! Along the Canal Grande, Venice

Armed with our transport cards, off we went on the “must-do” vaporetto Route 1 from Piazzale Roma in the direction of Piazza San Marco. This route traverses the length of the Canal Grande, and stunning views are guaranteed. Tip: Head to the back of the boat – an open space with a roof.
In fact, we were fortunate to have the entire space to ourselves (well, a couple of folks ventured in and out from time to time) – it almost felt like a private boat tour on the Canal Grande :)!
This was Junior’s first long boat ride (what better location for that than in Venice!) . He was rivetted to his seat and the views for the entire duration (I think he even managed a power nap! :D).
There is something about the Queen of the Adriatic that is instantly captivating – a coup de foudre :).
Little canals and the Grand Canal, slow romantic gondola rides and fast modern water taxis, the beautiful but crowded popular tourist attractions and the charming calmer “off-beat” paths, …
Here are some remarkable sights of Venice along the Canal Grande through our camera lens.
Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

Museum of Natural History. Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

Museum of Natural History. Along the Canal Grande, Venice.

Beautiful churches abound. Along the Canal Grande, Venice

Beautiful churches abound. Along the Canal Grande, Venice

The unmissable Rialto Bridge. Along the Canal Grande, Venice

The unmissable Rialto Bridge. Along the Canal Grande, Venice

We hopped off the vaporetto near the Piazza San Marco.
This piazza, with the stunning Basilica di San Marco, is usually recognized by the hordes of pigeons and crowds of tourists occupying almost every inch of space available. On this rainy day, minus the pigeons and the crowds, it looked completely different, but breathtaking, as always :).
Where are all the pigeons? A rainy day at Piazza San Marco, Venice

Where are all the pigeons? A rainy day at Piazza San Marco, Venice

Beautiful in the rain. Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Beautiful in the rain. Piazza San Marco, Venice.

We walked around the piazza, stopping at the little shop windows,  admiring the vibrant souvenirs and curios on display.
All that glitters... Shop window, Piazza San Marco.

All that glitters… Shop window, Piazza San Marco.

Sparkle! Shop window, Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Sparkle! Shop window, Piazza San Marco, Venice.

The rains gave us an opportunity to see the piazza and its surroundings from a different perspective.
Bell tower (Campanile), Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Bell tower (Campanile), Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

Basilica di San Marco, Venice

And after a wonderful few hours, it was time to take the return trip by vaporetto to Piazzale Roma, and from there, by bus to our hotel.
Along the Canal Grande, Venice

Along the Canal Grande, Venice

Stay tuned for snapshots from our second day in Venice! 🙂
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