Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Spanish Steps and Venice

After a full day of sightseeing at the Vatican we wanted a day to sleep in, relax, and not have anything we had to see. I picked up these pastries for breakfast from a place near our hotel.

I don't think we even left our hotel until 3:00 this day. We walked around, picked up a few gifts for people, and then decided to head towards the Spanish Steps. We got there right as the sun was setting and it was beautiful. Our first night in Rome when we, cough, got lost,  actually walked down the stairs not even knowing where we were. 

The next morning we got up early and headed to the train station to catch the train to Venice. 
On the train heading into the station.

Venice was a beautiful city. There is something about a city completely on water, no cars, no buses, and no taxis. The buildings were bright and colorful and the city was actually bigger than I thought it would be.

You can't go to Venice without taking a gondola ride! There were lots of gondola stations all along the main canal.

We chose to do a single person gondola so we didn't ride with anyone else. I will warn you gondola rides are not cheap. Our "driver" was telling us there are different price levels depending on what company you go with and what you want. Single riders are more expensive than riding with a lot of people. Singing "drivers" are more expensive than ones that don't. You can also chose to do the short or long route. We choose to do the long route and it was 200 euros. Yes, it is a lot for a 40 minute boat ride. But we're only going to be in Venice once and our wedding guests and family were very gracious to us.  We took in every minute of the ride and I was so thankful this is something we were able to do.

We ate lunch by the water. The food was less than stellar.
Lasagna for J.

Pizza for me.

After lunch and the gondola we walked around and managed to walk all the way to the end of the island.

This also means we got lost. One down side of Venice is all the canals and walkways. We would go down a street only to find out it ended at the water and have to back track. It was also incredibly hot and humid inside all the little ally ways. 

The train we were taking back to Rome was also the last train of the day which meant if we missed it we were stuck on the island overnight. I may have started crying at one point when we got to another dead end after walking for almost an hour when J told me only 10 more minutes. In the end, J did not disappoint and managed to navigate us back to the train station and to our train on time.

Goodbye Venice, Hello Pantheon and our last day in Italy!

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