We woke early on our first morning in our beautiful hotel in Venice, grabbed some treats from the breakfast bar downstairs and jumped aboard our first water bus of the day!
Sunday was windy, super-duper windy, but we didn’t let it ruin our day of sightseeing. We stopped off first for a gander at the Bridge of Sighs, before heading around the corner to take in the bells of St Mark’s in the Piazza San Marco and the beautiful architecture of Doge’s Palace (shame about the scaffolding!).
If we’d had more time we’d have joined the queue to go in and take a look as if it’s anything like the outside, it’s bound to be spectacular on the inside. As it was, we already had plans to hop on another water bus and head to 2 more Islands, so we made our way to the other side of Venice, getting slightly lost along the way, but taking in all the wonderful sights of the floating city.
Every corner we turned, there was another delicate bridge, even prettier than the previous. We watched the gondolas pass us underneath and took in the cute wooden shutters and flower boxes lining all the windows. We eventually found our way to our stop and made our way to the Island of Murano followed by Burano, but I’ll have a separate post on these soon.
We journeyed back on the water bus with some gorgeous views of Venice in the sunset behind us. Once we got off at Lido we took a brisk walk down to Lido Beach to catch more of the sunset and get caught in a mini sandstorm! I imagine Lido Beach to be chocka and really cute and pretty in the summer with its pastel shop fronts. After getting sand in everything, we nipped back to our hotel to get dressed up for our last night in Italy! It was back over the road to Ai Do Mati to explore their menu some more. This time we shared a starter of Buschetta and then ordered our own mains. Erica went for the gnocchi, whilst I went for penne pasta in a cream mushroom sauce. We’d bought a cheeky bottle of Prosecco from a shop round the corner, so we went back to the hotel to enjoy it from the comfort of our beds in our pjs whilst planning how to use our last couple of hours in Venice wisely.
Whilst trying to find our way to a water bus stop that would take us to San Maria della Salute, we managed to accidentally find another place of note that we quite wanted to visit; San Moise, a Baroque style Roman Church which is very quaint and pretty. We were beginning to run out of time and still hadn’t found the water bus stop we needed, until I thought I’d give one more turning a go. This turning was down a teeny tiny alley way, and hey presto, it led straight to the stop which we needed!
Our plan was to go straight to San Maria della Salute from Lido as it’s the main iconic dome of Venice. We thought we could get off the stop before and take some shots of the church from the other side of the water. We were wrong. San Maria della Salute is on the opposite side of the water at a stop called Salute. The other 2 stops before this are too far down river each way so you’re better off just getting straight off at Salute and trying to fit it all into one photo without falling into the water! I’m glad that we did make it over as we also popped inside and my goodness, it is even more beautiful on the inside! I really loved the mod like tiles.
We had just enough time to make it to the bus station, snapping some final shots of this beautiful city which I miss so very dearly!