Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Welcome to Venice!

We spent the first two days of our trip in Venice exploring the city and learning more about its history. First we traveled by foot (a theme of the day) to the "People Mover" (a monorail that costs 1 euro, and is very easy to navigate) to catch our water taxi called a vaporetto. This took us on a 45 minute tour of the Grand Canal, where we were able to listen to an audio tour that covered sights along the route.
It ended in St. Mark's Square, where we walked through the Basilica and Doge's Palace. Unfortunately, we were not permitted to photograph inside either of these venues, but click here for a video tour through Doge's Palace. In Doge's palace we enjoyed viewing the armory, which held rooms filled with older Italian weapons and crossing the Bridge of Sighs into the prison. 
We then spent time walking through the streets of Venice, admiring the sights and learning more about the city. We were fascinated to learn that the Square often floods, and when that happens, the tables outside of the cafes are lined up and used as bridges. Although it was crowded, traveling through the city was fairly easy as there are no cars or bicycles allowed. People travel by foot or boat to get to their locations. We look forward to sharing our adventures in Murano, an island known for its glass.

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