Venice, Canals & Gondolas, Venice, Italy – UNESCO Site

What a wonderful surprise this was, getting to Venice: we flew to the nearby airport and then traveled by car, then by boat via the canals. Long, but well worth the travel time to get to Venezia. We took two ferries to get to our hotel which was across from the Canal. The hotel was grand! Wish I remembered its name 🙁 We fell in love with the magnificent fireplace, which was way taller than us. It looks as if in its golden days the hotel was a massive mansion; now it’s a beautifully renovated hotel. We loved it!  Restaurants were close by. We checked-in and headed down the street for dinner, at a very, very cozy Italian restaurant. The food and vino was amazing.

We rented a small yacht to take us around the Canal, since this is the fastest way to get around. The ferry just takes too long and you have to deal with the crowds aboard it. The hotel we stayed at had a shuttle ferry that takes you back and forth to Piazza San Marco.  The experience of the yacht was very exciting and well worth the spend.  We explored the quaint nooks of the small Venice towns, surrounded by water. We took a stroll on the Rialto Bridge to the Bridge of Signs and stopped at cafes in between our stroll.

It is definitely the City of Love and absolutely a dream city for couples of all ages.  We toured St. Mark’s Basilica and its mosaics which will bewilder many for years to come with its huge terraces and its beautiful architectural paved design. We have seen so many pictures of the Basilica but to stand in front of the Basilica is to be mesmerized.  Standing in between and under the Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice was so exciting – we couldn’t believe how huge these statues were. So very overwhelmed by the history and the air resplendent with amor. Everything about Venice is picture-perfect.

One of the highlights of our Anniversary trip to Venezia was exploring the romantic waterways of Venice in a Gondola. Our ride on the gondola was beautiful, amazing and perfectly setup for a romantic evening.  Our gondola captain, was a very, very old school Italiano. He sang for us while he rowed the beautifully decorated gondola, as we stared into each other’s eyes and couldn’t believe we were here – in Venezia! A beautiful and romantic trip worth the traveling time and the on and off boat and ferry rides to the City of Amor. One of our most romantic trips we will savor forever in our memories.

“Venice is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks.”  [wiki].

Site is Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The next day we headed to the island of Murano, world-famous for its glass-blown creations.  We got a private tour of the factory where we observed the glass-blowing process.  The amount of heat these workers have to deal with is incredible. These huge fire pits of hot scalding coal, some exposed and some enclosed, for the even hotter glass-blowing process.  The end result – beautiful, colorful Murano glass bowls. Which of course we had to buy for our home. To witness the whole process was very enlightening.  So much effort, work and labor goes into one Murano bowl.  It was very much worth the trip to the Murano factory.

 

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