VENICE (VENEZIA) IN THE RAINS: A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE – III
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.
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.
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.
And then, as we looked on, the grey clouds were giving way to a brilliant blue sky beyond.
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 :).
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 :)).
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.
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!