3 days in the city of water
02.06.2011 - 05.06.2011 26 °C
We arrived at Mestre in early afternoon and parked our car at the multistorey car park opposite the train station to Venice. From Mestre train station the trains leave about every 10 minutes for Venice which is about a 12 minute train ride. In Venice we had booked an apartment and the owner was meeting us at St Lucia train station Venice, we were to sight him because of the orange cap he was wearing. Lucklily for us he was the only one with a orange cap and easy to find. After a short 5 minute walk from the train station we were at our apartment which was just off the main street in a very quiet and safe complex with great security and peace of mind.
On the first evening we took a quick stroll down the central street and the kids were amazed with stalls selling all sorts of souveniers, Kenzie really liked the masks.
The second morning we took a water bus to San Marco Square which took us out around the harbour, there were plenty of cruise liners and super yachts moured everywhere. San Marco square was pretty empty from last time we were there so we got a chance to have a good look around.
For the rest of the day we meandered through the back roads stopping for Pizza and Gelato on the way back to our apartment.
On our last day we ventured out to Murano and Burano to see the sights we had read about. Both did not let us down.
Murano with its local glass work was fantastic and the kids mavelled at how a glass master could make a horse out of a glowing ball of molten glass in about 3 minutes. We walked past the first lot of glass factories as they wanted to charge to watch the glass work, and found plenty of others who were more than happy for you to watch. Briana and Kenzie purchased some small glass confectionary keepsakes.
Burano was postcard perfect with its brightly coloured buildings and boats. Burano sells alot of lacework which I am sure is nice if you like that sort of thing.
All in all we all loved Venice, it is expensive so go with deep pockets, water buses are not cheap.
If you don't want to shell out $150 for a gondula ride (we did'nt) catch a tranchetto across the grand canal for 0.50 euros, these are just a large Gondula which you share with others it gives you the idea and does'nt empty your bank. The only down side of Venice is the people on every corner trying to sell you junk you don't need and they don't give up easy.