June 10, 2014 – Venice!
From my journal:
We decided not to hurry into Venice, as we planned to avoid crowds by staying late. So we did our laundry in the morning. Bought two 12-hour bus passes around 10:30 and took the bus from the train station out to the city.
Laura wanted to visit the smaller islands, so went first to Murano (glass factories) and from there to Burano (brightly-painted buildings and houses), and landed in the city at Fondamenta Nuove.
Gelato day 10: Burano – wonderful place – S: banana/chocolate. L: pineapple!
Walked to the Grand Canal and crossed Ponte di Rialti. Then walked east to San Polo (neighborhood) in search of one of the cheap restaurants we were told we would find there – tortellini for me, salad for Laura. Walked toward Piazzale Roma (bus station) but got on vaporetto (water bus) before we got there. I don’t know which stop it was, but what was supposed to be a fast water bus had a lot of stops and they made change boats, too. Got off at San Marco. Unfortunately the Basilica and the Doge’s Palazzo were closed, so we just enjoyed the waterfront and the Square.
Belissimo. Took the boat to San Giorgio, but missed our stop and got off when it came back over the Giudecca (Canal) at Zattere.
Walked the Fondamenta a short while. Then we took the boat back to Ferrovia, and the bus back to the hostel. Venice in a day!
Video: Venice from the vaporetto.