The last of our Italian adventure took us to Venice. Who doesn’t love canals filled with gondolas? We stayed at the Hotel La Fenice et Des Artistes, and although the rooms were small and dated, it was in a great location and included breakfast.
[Note for Venice in general: If you call the hotel, they can book you a private water taxi, which is the way to go if you are traveling in a group. Especially since the water taxi’s take you right to the door of your hotel in most cases. We learned the hard way of walking from the train station, which meant carrying our luggage up and down stairs to get over the canals, over and over again.]
From Venice, you can take the vaporetto to some nearby islands as well to see glass blowing at Murano, the beach at Lido, or lace at Burano.
We ate plenty of pizza, pasta and gelatto, and visited San Marcos square many times. Unfortunately, I caught a cold around this part of the trip and took it easy and rested a lot during our Venice portion.