The Italian Job 2

We left Florence by train, and it is a civilised way to travel.

Walking out of the station to be greeted by the sight of water was amazing. We bought a pass for the waterbus and we were on our way to the lido!

Hotel Biasutti was quaint and not too far a walk from the pier.

We unpacked then caught the waterbus to the Rialto bridge.

We took in the sights and sounds, just amazing and found a restaurant to have dinner.

Replete we made our way back and enjoyed watching the setting sun.

Next morning an early start for the walking tour, and our guide didn’t disappoint. She really gave an insight into being Venetian and the advantages and disadvantages of being a population of 52800 with 30 million visitors a year!

A walk around and over bridges and we made our way to St Mark’s, not quite the wow I expected, but still impressive.

Next up a gondola ride- what a treat!

How they navigate those narrow canals takes skill and a certain amount of arrogance!

Lunch next and another walk around before the waterbus to Murano with more photo opportunities.

A freshen up and a mediocre dinner before we crashed after a full day!

Sunday was the Vogalonga regatta and that meant the grand canal was a no go area for most of the day, so we stayed on the lido.

I’d booked the panoramic view from the Fondeca department store for 6:15pm which meant an hour and twenty minute round trip for a 15 minute slot. The views were worth it, and the cruise ship was an added bonus?

A real highlight before the waterbus back where we got ready for dinner.

Over dinner Kevin and I discussed what were our highlights of the trip and Kevin said that looking along the Grand Canal felt like he’d stepped out of a painting, which I had to agree with. Magical!

We packed, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before making our way to the pier for our water taxi. It was late and I called what I thought was the number but in fact was the taxi driver in Florence, hence his shock when I was asking why he wasn’t picking us up in Venice ! 🤔🤔😂

What a week, what a trip. I truly feel at home in Italy, I feel I belong and luckily don’t have to wait too long to return!

Ciao for now 😘

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