I am back with an update on our first day in Venice! We had a little bit of a late start getting to the island of Venice because we slept in a bit. Our Airbnb hosts kindly offered us some croissants and coffee in the morning for breakfast before we left the place for the day. We walked a few blocks to the train station and from there somehow figured out how to purchase a 2 day transportation pass (which I would HIGHLY recommend if you are visiting Venice because they only use boats for transportation and this can get costly). By some miracle we ended up on the correct bus which drove about 15 minutes to the island of Venice.
Upon arrival we got our first glimpses of the incredible city.
After walking through the streets for awhile we ended up stopping at a café by the water for some drinks and sandwiches.
A funny little story that happened was that while we were eating I went inside to ask about the wifi password and an elderly man was in a wheelchair along with another older man who was pushing him. The two were trying to get into the café and I stepped to the side to let them pass. The man pushing the wheelchair smiled, took my hand, kissed it and said “Merci” (which in case you were wondering is a French word, not Italian). This instance served as another example of how many travelers are visiting places like this.
After our break we boarded our first water bus to Murano which is an island off the main island of Venice. This island is particularly known for their traditional glass blowing work.
We enjoyed walking around the island and seeing the beautiful canals. We took a small nap in the sun in a plaza and got to explore the less touristy part of the island. We eventually stopped at a restaurant for some Cokes because we needed energy!
After our pit stop we boarded another water boat which brought us to St. Mark’s plaza which is a large area on the main island. There we walked around, saw all the gondola riders and bought some art from a local artist.
Our artist friend kindly gave us a recommendation for a good seafood restaurant for dinner. Let me tell you- it was probably some of the best food I’ve ever had for seafood and the best food we had eaten in Italy thus far.
After finishing dinner, we returned to the Airbnb via water bus, real bus and walking. It was a very nice successful first day in Venice.
Worry less and smile more.