There are no roads in Venice. The roads are waterways. The vehicles are boats. How great is that?! We dropped our car off in a cheap long-term parking lot at the Venice airport, which is on the mainland, and took a water ferry to the island. The ride took about 90 minutes (there are faster, more expensive options) and was a great way to arrive in Venice, thanks to dramamine. We arrived at sunset, which unintentionally became a theme throughout the rest of trip.
Our hotel was very close to one of the water ferry stops, in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. After getting settled into a our hotel room, with a cute balcony overlooking a canal and walls covered in rich purple fabric, we headed to dinner.
We had seafood risotto, fitting for Venice. I also had the best wine I’ve had so far – a Veneto Carmenere. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t write down the name of it. It’s quite something to be able to order wine from the very region in which you’re currently breathing. The same can be said for food. It makes such a difference in how fresh, delicious, and healthful a meal is. We walked around for a bit after dinner – the area we stayed in was quiet and serene, since it’s a little ways from the main tourist area, but still within easy walking distance. We took photos for a couple who had just gotten engaged.
The next morning we meandered through the streets of Venice, taking it all in and working our way towards St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Piazza San Marco has such a feeling of history and enormity to it.
We hopped on a waterbus to get a much-cheaper-than-a-gondola ride along the Grand Canal, hopping off at the Rialto Bridge.