I fell in love with St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). I could not walk by without taking a million pictures. We took a great tour of Doge's Palace in the square where I especially enjoyed learning about the "justice" system and seeing the prisons.
|The Bridge of Sighs|
This is the bridge that connects the Doge's Palace to the new prisons (the old prisons were actually in the Palace). The bridge got its name because it was supposed to refer to the sighs of the prisoners who took one last look at the city through the small windows as they walked from the courtroom to the prison to carry out their sentence.
Of course, we had to take a gondola ride.
|The Grand Canal|
|The streets of Venice|
|Rialto Bridge - oldest bridge spanning the grand canal|
We took a day trip to the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is famous for its glass making, Burano for lace and brightly colored houses and Torcello holds Venice's first cathedral.
|Murano glass blowing|
|Brightly colored homes on Borano|
|Cathedral in Torcello|
I loved how wine and beer were sold along side the water and soda and it wasn't uncommon to see someone enjoying a bottle of wine on the street.
|Cleanest public restrooms ever - each one had an attendant.|
We had almost two days in Venice before it was time to pack up and head out to our next stop - Cinque Terre!