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We were out the door bright and early to catch the train from Rome to Venice. Unfortunately our plans got a little derailed. We got to the metro station only to find that it was closed due to a strike (later we found out that this is pretty common in Italy). So we walked from our hotel to the Termini station. It wasn’t too far, but put us a little behind schedule and bumped us back to a later train.
We waited for our train and hopped aboard – then made the 3.5 hour ride to Venice. We didn’t have any set plans in Venice, just some basic bucket list items to see so it was a full day of strolling along the canals.
We walked past a pizza shop and decided we were both hungry for lunch – so we each grabbed a slice to-go and sat by the canal to enjoy it. This random pizza stop ended up being my favorite pizza we had in Italy!
After that we set out to find the Rialto Bridge.
We hung out at the top of the bridge for a bit gazing out onto the waterway. I could definitely see why this bridge was so popular – the view was gorgeous!
We decided it was definitely time for a quick gelato stop and with our ice cream in hand we explored more of the streets of Venice.
We stumbled upon the San Giacomo Dell’Orio – quite impressive for a clock tower if you ask me!
We stopped at lots of little bridges to take photos.
Eventually we meandered towards St. Marcs Square. Despite how the pictures look, this place was packed with tourists! But it was quite a sight!
So many details on all the buildings surrounding the square – I loved all the wonderful colors.
The front of St. Marcs Basilica was covered in gorgeous mosaics
We waited in a short line to go into St. Marcs Basilica and wandered around inside. Somehow we made a wrong turn and went up some stairs – then had to pay a couple Euros to get into this other area. We weren’t really sure what it was so we decided to go check it out. We got to see more of the detailed tile mosaics.
Then the best part – we got to walk around on the outside balcony that surrounded the basilica and overlooked the square.
It was so awesome – the views of the water were gorgeous! There were only a couple people up there, so it was quite peaceful.
We hung out on the balcony for a bit before checking out the rest of the second floor. It was filled with various artifacts and artwork.
I knew Harry’s Bar was somewhat close to here so we did a little searching and finally found it. It wasn’t well marked so we almost walked past it!
Harry’s Bar is known for it’s peach Bellini’s, so when we went inside that’s exactly what we ordered. This was by far the most expensive drink I’ve ever had, but holy cow it was good! There’s a reason why they are known for them.
After our quick Bellini stop we did a little more wandering through the streets and the canals.
After walking along the Grand Canal a bit we decided to hop on one of the water taxis and take a little cruise down the canal.
We sat in the back of the boat and I snapped photo after photo.
We passed under bridge after bridge. They were all so different and unique.
We rode the canal till the end of the line, then hopped back onto land to finish off our day in Venice.
We worked up an appetite from all that walking and exploring – so next on the agenda was dinner!
Naturally, we both wanted pizza, so we found a place with some tasty looking pizzas on the menu.
After dinner we had about 45 minutes to kill before it was time to catch our train – which meant we had time for one last gelato stop in Venice.
We each got a scoop and found some steps to sit and eat and watch the sun set over the City.
We said our goodbye’s to Venice and it’s beautiful canals before jumping on our long train ride back to Rome.