After Ravenna our next destination was Venice. We were traveling by train so that meant two trains to get there. We arrived around 2:20 and decided to use Left Luggage so we didn't have to carry our bags all over Venice.
This was our view as we walked out of the train station.
We had planned to try to connect with a friend who was spending the day in Venice. Our plan was to meet at San Marco at 3:00. We started walking and enjoying the sights along the way.
I don't think I knew how big Venice was. I also didn't realise how long of a walk it is from the train station to San Marco. We also didn't realise that our water taxi cards would have allowed us to take a water taxi right to San Marco. Various things that you learn along the way. We kept walking.
We had planned that if we didn't meet by 3:30 we would just go our separate ways. We arrived in San Marco hot and tired around 4:00. The square is large and it might have taken us 30 minutes just to fine each other.
This is the front of Saint Mark's Basilica. It was quite elaborate with the golden mosaics. They were doing some repair so part of it was hidden.
We did not go inside but just seeing the outside there was plenty of artwork.
After a long walk, we needed our daily gelato. I think Miss K had gelato every day except one day that she had a Magnum bar instead. We found a place on a street. Then we began the walk back to the train station.
We found a place for dinner near the train station. It was about 5:30 which in Italy is early for dinner. We had pizza and pasta. Then we collected our luggage and began our boat journey to the camp where we were staying. It was about a 45 minute boat ride and we had to change boats just like you change trains. We made it and then walked about a mile to the campground.
The next day we enjoyed our time at the campground both at the beach and at the pool. That is what the kids were looking forward to. Later that day, Aunt Bea stayed with the kids and we went back to explore a bit more of Venice.
This time we went directly to San Marco and just wandered around in that area. I would have loved to have another day to wander the streets or even two days and been able to go to some of the islands like the lace or glass blowing island. I guess we will have to say it for the next visit.
The sun was setting as we left Venice heading back to the campground. I love the setting sun and over the water.
This is as we rode out of the city towards the camp. I will share more about the camps later.
I love the buildings as they edge up against the water. Venice truly is like no other city.
I am glad we had the opportunity to visit Venice. I could have spent more time wandering the streets, crossing the bridges, walking along the canals, with a stop for gelato.