The other week I decided a need a break and so a friend and I headed off to Italy, specifically Venice. Italy is one of the few places in the Mediterranean that I haven’t been to so I was looking forward to it.
When you look at a map of Venice it actually looks like a fish with a stylised wave underneath it. Quite appropriate for a city with such watery connections. During the four days spent there I think I walked almost the length and breadth of the place.
Arriving a lunchtime, we made our way to the hotel in the Cannaregio district and after checking in headed out for some of the more obviously locations – Rialto bridge and St Marks Square. The rest of the day was spent wandering and getting a feel for the place.
The second day we headed off to the San Polo area and walked slowly down through Santa Croce and finally to Dosoduro taking in the many little squares, magnificent churches and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the way.
On day three we headed south, past St Marks to the little back streets of Castello, before catching a water bus across to San Giorgio to climb the Campanile (church tower) to look back over
Venice. Then another water bus over to La Giudecca for a walk along the water-front looking back north at the city.
Finally, on day four we headed north to explore the Cannaregio district where our hotel was located discovering yet more beautiful churches and piazzas before heading back towards the Rialto bridge for dinner.
One of the things I love about Venice is the fact that although it is very busy with tourists, they seem to congregate in fixed areas. You only need to wander down an alley and turn a corner to find yourself in a sleepy little square with a great local cafe on one side.