Sept. 7, 2016 Arrived in Venice
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. These are located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers.
We had arranged with the hotel for a driver who would take us to the Piazza Roma where we would then be escorted on foot (he pulled the luggage, thankfully) the 0.2 miles from our hotel. (We took the boat route on our last visit.)
The beautiful Hotel Moresco is on a side canal with a lot of motorboat boat traffic but not as busy as the Grand Canal and we have a spectacular canal view from our room.
In Venice you have to walk everywhere or take a water taxi or vaporetto which is analogous to a bus on water. There are no automobiles, motorcycles, or other internal combustion vehicles on the streets. Deliveries are made by boat and the motorcycle police ride jet skis.
As the staff at the hotel checked us in and scanned our passports, we were treated to a cappuccino and croissant in the outdoor eating area. Our bags were whisked up to our room and then we followed with an introduction by one of the desk persons.
After that we stretched out on the bed and enjoyed a nap. It was great to lie flat since our only “sleep” on the plane was sitting up. The trip had taken 22 hours - almost an entire day!
Our initial explore was to find a Vaporetto stop and purchase the 2-day pass. The iPhone maps took us directly to the stop through winding alleyways. On the Vaporetto, we circled the city and caught a glimpse of the busy waterways. As the hour crept to 7PM, we experienced a glorious sunset as out boat brought us to a landing where we headed to our dinner reservation. One of the highly rated restaurants, Osteria ae Cravate, had our table ready and presented us with a delicious peach-sparkling wine drink. With an excellent Pinot Grigio, we had local cheese and for our mains, Anne had Spaghetti Bolognese, and Tom had grilled scampi. The scampi had claws and must have been local - never saw such crustaceans before. We walked back to the hotel and Tom had a gelato.
We must have walked miles yesterday, including airports, by the time we went to bed!