We took the train to Venice so it was awesome crossing the bridge over to this magical island city of bridges. We booked to stay at the Hotel Bernardi in the heart of the old city. The hotel is very Venetian with centuries old furnishings.
The first thing you see are the all the gondolas being rowed by the men with their cute straw hats and the timber stump moorings. We love this city, streets are canals, the taxi’s are boats, the pedestrian crossings are bridges. You can tell that the city is sinking as most of the buildings have doors that lead straight into or are under water. The walk ways are paved and lined with shop windows filled with gorgeous masquerade theme displays. There is also lots of high end fashion stores like Versace.
Our first few days were all blue skies and sunny and we spent walking around and getting lost, eating amazing gellato, pizza and pasta and drinking carafes of wine. Listening to musicians or the gondola men sing as they paddle and the vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis racing down the Grand Canal. There is loads of seafood and fresh produce and markets filled with giant cheese wheels and cured meats.
St Marco Square is a big open area surrounded by al fresco dining and musicians. Italian architecture is amazing with the iconic Saint Mark’s Basilica and Bell Tower. The Rialto Bridge is another super famous sight in Venice We took a water taxi over to see the other islands. One day when it was rainy we went to the casino a won a few Euros.