Monday, September 7, 2009

Italy Day 9 and 10: Venice

Internet access has become a little more difficult, and thus the combined posts...

Our last two days in Venice were just awesome. We really enjoyed the city a lot, and we will have some great memories.

On our second to last day, we started out by walking through the city to catch a vaporetto to Murano. Just walking through the city to different points is a lot of fun. One minute you are walking amongst bustling tourists, such as near the Rialto Bridge, and the next you are the only people on a deserted little street walking over canals and boats.

Murano is know for its glass blowing. After getting off the boat (only a ten minute ride or so) we walked up and down the streets. We must have gone into about 50 or so little glass shops, all with outstanding piece of glass art. We got a few item to take back that particularly caught our eye. Stephanie was truly in love with this place. We had a nice sit down lunch with caprese, lasagna, chicken and potatoes before heading back.

After siesta and before dinner we took a long walk around a part of the city we had not seen before. We crossed the Rialto and walked down through the city to another bridge, the Accademia, before circling back to a restaurant we had targeted. We walked as the sun went down, had drinks and took some great pictures. We ate at a great pizzaria to end the night.

On our last day in Venice, we targeted some famous sights. We headed to St. Mark's Square early in the day. We toured the square and St. Mark's Basilica with our audioguides. We did the Correr Museum and then the Doge's Palace. The square itself and the Doge's Palace were our favorites.

In the evening, we had heard about a Venitian tradition that consisted of a Venetian pub crawl: going from wine bar to wine bar having wine and small appetizers. We decided to hit this up, and had a blast. We went to four or five different places trying different things. After we stopped eating, we continued to grab drinks to go and walk the streets. We ended up in St. Mark's square again. It was my favorite place to be at night. Three orchestra bands play great music to delight the the crowds. It was fun to listen and drink along. We crusied back to our hotel late, after a fabulous night.

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