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

If the curtain-raiser and day 1 of our trip were exciting, here’s more action from day 2 :).
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. A (crowded!) bus ride from Mestre to Piazzale Roma.
Tip: There’s a ‘baggage deposit’ place at Piazzale Roma where you can leave your heavy bags before heading out to explore Venice.
The skies were overcast and a light drizzle kept us constant company.
In the streets of Venice

In the streets of Venice

We picked the  vaporetto route 2 this time (for variety’s sake :)), and cruised along the Grand Canal. Our group, led by the 2 kids, hopped off at Rialto for a walk .
The charming narrow streets, quaint little corners, pretty little canals with gondolas (and gondoliers!) and the tiniest of bridges made it a very memorable experience.
In the streets of Venice

In the streets of Venice

In the (NARROW) streets of Venice

In the (NARROW) streets of Venice

Little bridge, Venice

Little bridge, Venice

Junior and his pal were delighted to spot a Ferrari store during the stroll!

Soon, the rain let up, and we followed the directions to Piazza San Marco. A gelato break at the piazza was a perfect excuse to stop and admire the view.
The majestic columns in Piazzetta San Marco – one with the winged lion representing St. Mark, and the other with St. Theodore – looked breathtaking against the backdrop of cloudy skies.
The winged lion, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice

The winged lion, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice

St. Theodore, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice

St. Theodore, Piazzetta San Marco, Venice

And then, as we looked on, the grey clouds were giving way to a brilliant blue sky beyond.
Spot of sunshine? Venice

Spot of sunshine? Venice

Grey clouds and the blue skies beyond. Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Grey clouds and the blue skies beyond. Santa Maria della Salute, Venice

Boarding vaporetto route 2 again, we set off for the San Giorgio Maggiore island right across. This one had been on my wishlist for quite some time now :).
San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

At Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, we visited the church and climbed the tower for spellbinding views of Venice. This island is relatively less crowded and there were just a few folks in the queue for the tower
Tip: If the queue at the tower in Piazza San Marco is unending (which is often the case), you can choose to head to the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, instead. Splendid views all around, and relatively fewer tourists. (I do hope it stays that way :)).
San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

View from the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

View from the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

Piazza San Marco from Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

Piazza San Marco from Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

View from San Giorgio Maggiore tower, Venice

View from San Giorgio Maggiore tower, Venice

When we returned to the Piazza San Marco, the sun was out and it was a glorious day!!! An outdoor lunch (basking in the sun!) at a cafe overlooking the Canal was a perfect ending to our trip.
Well, almost the end.
We headed back to Piazzale Roma on a different vaporetto route, and this time, magnificent cruise ships and beautiful hotels provided plenty of eye candy.
A hotel in Venice

A hotel in Venice

Cruising along, Venice

Cruising along, Venice

An hour later, we were on the FrecciaBianca train back to Milano Centrale, brimming with joy after a wonderful trip to Venice, and hoping to discover more the next time!
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