Once we docked, we had to take a people mover to the inner part of the city, but it was more like a tram as it was like a bus on a rail system vs. a mover that you stand on. It was fairly easy to navigate but once on the streets themselves, we were glad we had a personal tour guide to get us through the city streets. There are so many alleys I’m sure we would have gotten lost for hours!
|Just one of the many canals|
We saw many buildings and churches with amazing architecture such as The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, or usually just called the Frari. This is one of the greatest churches in Venice and stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district and is dedicated to theAssumption.
|S Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari Church|
Numerous canals with pedestrian bridges to get from one side to the other…
|A canal in Venice|
And of course Piazza San Marco a.k.a St. Marks Square, home of St. Marks Basilica. It was first commissioned to be built in 1071 by Domenico Contarini. It has been nicknamed the “Church of Gold” because of its opulence and has been the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, since 1807. They wouldn’t allow any pictures inside but trust me when I tell you it was absolutely beautiful with it’s ornate carvings and paintings and rich history.
|My girls in St. Marks Square in front of the Basilica|
|The Bridge of Sighs|
After a long 7 hours of continuous walking around the city, we found this quaint family owned restaurant called Osteria Oliva Nera where we had a lovely bottle of Chianti and started out with some Zucchini Flowers. I had never eaten them before and they were delightful!