Day 24 Monday 20th May 2019
We were up around 6:30am as we had to be out of our cabin by 7am, so down to breakfast with all of our hand luggage. We arrived in Venice about 7:45am and were ready to disembark but had to wait our turn until about 9:45am. Walked off the ship and went through immigration then picked up our luggage in the arrivals hall, and walked to the people mover in light rain (about 1 km away). We were dropped just near the main railway station and then walked to our hotel about 300 metres away. After we checked in (it was too early to go to our room), we decided to go for a walk in this beautiful city. We bought some lunch (filled rolls, fruit, juice) from a supermarket then strolled across bridges over canals, through quiet backstreets and looked at old buildings, galleries and churches that had been there since Venice was a major player in world trade from centuries ago. Took photos at the Rialto Bridge and saw the famous sights like gondolas which never cease to enchant. Looked in lots of shops with beautiful clothes, leather, glass and other fine wares. Had a really great ice cream, enjoyed the day immensely despite the occasional drizzle. Back to the hotel for an aperitif before dinner at Gino’s and set ourselves up in our room. It’s strange not having the ship’s timing and things happening all the time.
Tuesday 21st May 2019
Venice, Italy (2nd day)
Up late today. Breakfast in the hotel dining room then we set off again to explore Venice. As we stepped out of the hotel door we bumped into 4 friends from Tasmania whom we had met on the cruise - small world! We again brought lunch items in the supermarket and then walked up to the railway station to familiarise ourselves with its layout ready for our journey tomorrow. We then bought a day ticket on the transport system (ferry) and decided first to go over to Murano, the glass making area of Venice, on an island in the lagoon, just near Venice. After a brief look around we came back to San Marco Square by ferry and joined the throngs looking at the stupendous square, church and bell tower. The whole area is simply stunning in its scale - we walked through the ancient basilica, ate our lunch (ham and cheese rolls and a banana) sitting next to the Grand Canal and, in an even smaller world, the 4 Tasmanians once more walked straight in front of us! After our lunch was eaten we caught another ferry to the Rialto Bridge then slowly walked back to our hotel, stopping to look at shops and interesting views on the way. We arrived back at the hotel for a rest and an aperitif then out to a delicious dinner at nearby Dal Divin Bacco then bed. The weather today was cool but not showery like yesterday. It was very interesting to see all the major sights, although you would need a lot longer than 2 days to visit every major attraction in this city.