DAY 8 Saturday 28 May 2005
A day in Venice
Boarded the buses at 0900 for the drive into Venice - well to the Tronchetto bus park actually as you cannot drive into Venice unless your vehicle is amphibious. We then boarded a ferry to take us to St Marks Square - the centre of Venice.
Piazza San Marco
At Piazza San Marco we were met by local guides who told us something of the history of Venice and its buildings. We examined the Square with the Ala Napoleonica at the far end, built by Bonaparte to house a ballroom. To the right is the Procuratie Vecchie and to the left is the Procuratie Nuove, housing the Museo Archeologico and the state library known as the Libreria Sansoviniana or Biblioteca Marciana.
Some of the architecture on the Doge's Palace is extremely intricate, and is a testament to the skills of the early stonemasons.
Beside the Palace is the Basilica di San Marco: a "grandiose and magnificent hodgepodge of Byzantine domes, mosaics, and plundered treasure from the Near East and Asia" (More info.....)
St Marks Basilica
We then entered St Marks Basilica with its 7 domes and Byzantine architecture.
After returning to the bright, hot sunshine we then had until 1500 hours to explore Venice, walking through its narrow streets, past hundreds of small shops and cafes, over many bridges and through throngs of thousands of tourists.
We invested 80 Euros on a gondola ride that took us in a circle down to the Grand Canal, under the Rialto Bridge and back to our starting point. These gondola rides are a bit over-rated, but it was a good opportunity to rest our feet in the cool shade.
At 1500 hours we re-grouped outside the Doges Palace and returned to the ferry wharf. Here the party split, some going back to the buses (and the hotel) while others took a ferry out to Murano Island and the famed Venetian glass works.
Murano we travelled across parts of the Laguna, watching as
many small boats shot past us - from small dinghies to large and
boats. Most were filled with younger people - many in their teens. In
boats take the place of cars and "going cruising" has a more literal
but none-the-less similar meaning.
Back to Tronchetto
We returned to Tronchetto and the buses, walking past another collection of stalls selling all manner of touristy junk. They seemed to specialise in cooking aprons that were displayed to best advantage.
We arrived back at the tired ex-Ramada Inn Hotel at 1830 hours. Dinner that night was Spaghetti, grilled fish with potatoes and peas, followed by ice cream slice.
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