Our last full day in Venice and already I knew I wanted to be here longer. A friend of mine told me that a few days would be enough but I disagree. Next time I come I want to be here for at least a week. There is so much to see and do. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the
We’d decided to visit the Museum (museo) in St Mark’s Square in the morning. The rain had eased off but already the square was flooded so there were raised boards for people to walk on. I paddled in the water a bit but it got quite deep and my walking shoes were
already wet. I wished I’d put my walking boots on!
The Museum was huge, one museum seemed to lead into another, all for one price. I had to get used to the fact that Italian was the primary language on the display signs with English being a smaller listing. Usually everything is written in English first. I’d really like to learn some Italian when I come back to Venice and be able to at least read it.
My favourite room by far (unsurprisingly) was the library but it was a close thing with the naval display rooms which were stunning. Hubby wanted to look at the painting but other than the ones in the naval display, a lot of them were deeply religious and not my thing at all.
In the afternoon we went to the Doge’s Palace which admittedly I wasn’t top of my list but quite honestly I’d have missed out if I hadn’t gone. The architecture is quite simply stunning. The pictures I took don’t do it justice. You have to see it to believe it. Very opulent and jaw-dropping in places. The detail in places, especially the ceilings was amazing. I didn’t know where to look. It is such a spectacular place with so much to look at. I could happily have spent the whole day here.
I loved particularly loved the corridor that walked over The Bridge of Sighs. I didn’t know it was there and provided a unique view of one of the most famous landmarks of Venice. I don’t imagine the prisoners were as excited at me as they were led over the corridor, down into their cells into the dark and dank dungeon…
The weather had cleared up nicely so after we’d finished at the Doge’s Palace we wandered down to the Grand Canal to post my postcards. Dinner was a fairly quiet affair in a small local place then more wandering to look for tat to take home with me. I got the pre-requisite fridge magnet but even the tat was quite expensive so I didn’t buy too much.
During the course of the day, I realised that I know very little about Venetian history so I bought a book, along with a cookery book of traditional Venetian recipes. I like to take something of the culture home from each place I visit, especially when it comes to food.
I completely fell in love with Venice during my time here. I hope to visit again soon and explore a bit more of Italy because if Venice is anything to go by, it’s the beginning of a lifelong love affair….