This is one of those things that I added to my list because it felt easy-ish to accomplish, after all Italy isn’t too far from me yet it also felt like something that I’d never do. Perhaps this was because I couldn’t see us parting with the money to hire a gondola!
Enter then the Vaporetto. A water bus.
When we were planning our summer trip to Tuscany I added a day trip to Venice into the mix. It is not close but it was closer than Leeds so I thought we could make the train journey and I could cross something off my list.
The ride on the Vaporetto was the main event. And Gav did an amazing job of planning where we should get on and off the bus and then how to spend the rest of the afternoon. It worked out great.
We visited Venice on another day trip about 20 years ago and I admit that I didn’t like it all that much. Yes, it was beautiful and quirky but oh so crowded. Still I wanted to go back and take that boat trip and I am so glad I did because I fell in love with the quieter streets and the bridges, oh the bridges!
But this story is not about the bridges. This story is about the canal and all its beautiful buildings lining the waters edge. We hopped on board at the train station.
Loved that traffic light in the picture below!
Seeing the city from the water was perfect and I guess this is how it should be viewed.
Managed to snap a reflection of us while we were docked.
After thirty minutes or so we came to the San Marco basin where the canal opens up into a bigger area of water and where we disembarked.
The building in the below photo is the Doge’s Palace with the domes of San Marco’s Basilica in the background.
And to finish us off one of the perfect little bridges. Oh yes, the large white bridge at the top of this post is the Rialto Bridge a spectacular and grand example which has shops actually on it!
So there we go a memorable trip on a water bus that can be crossed of the list!