“Ah Venice”..the line Indiana Jones delivers on reaching Venice in search of his Dad. Venice is unique, beautiful, crowded with surprises around every corner. We reached Venice about Noon and made it to our Airbnb about a half hour later. We opened the window and saw views of one of the many small canals that wend there way through the city.

We saw our first Gondolier, had our first pasta dinner and our first bottle of wine at an outdoor restaurant along the canal. It was delightful. After dinner it was dark and we were quite tired.

It was quite late after we finished dinner and everyone was tired but I really wanted to ride down the Grand Canal on a Vaporetto. It was a beautiful night. The moon was a silver ball in the sky and light reflected in the water of the canals and the lagoon. Only one or two people were traveling on the boats that night. We stood outside and drank in the beauty of the city.

We got off the boat at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square” and our first look at this historic sight was by moonlight with hardly anyone else there. We saw the famous pillars at the entrance to the square, the Basilica of St. Mark and the famous tower.

We boarded the Vaporetto for the return journey and passed the Bridge of Sighs. The last view of Venice for prisoners was from this bridge as they crossed it on their way to the prison.

The Rialto Bridge is another iconic spot and in the daytime it is crowded with hundreds of people. At night you can actually see the bridge noting it’s graceful span across the water.

Venice is filled with magic and you will find it especially beautiful on a midnight vaporetto ride up the Grand Canal.


12 thoughts on “Venice…An Introduction

    1. Venice at night is definitely a wonderful introduction to the city. You don’t have to fight the crowds and everything is lit up. It was great. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  1. Oh I have always wanted to go to Venice. That sounds like a wonderful introduction into the city!

    1. Joanne, you should definitely put Venice on your list. It is really crowded but filled with treasures and at night it’s magic. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Good call, riding the vaparetto at night, on a moonlit evening, no less! As an antique purse collector, scenic beaded purses from the late 1800s – first quarter 1900s depicting Venice water scenes are particularly highly coveted subjects. I have three, love them all.

    1. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them in the antique shops. I enjoyed when you shared your collection on your Blog. We had such a great time seeing Venice at night on her first day here. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Elvis, thanks. Venice is an easy place to take photos. There’s something wonderful at every corner. You just have to shoot high to keep all the people out of the photo. LOL. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love being an armchair traveler with you; your photography is so awesome! A midnight ride through beauty trumps fatigue! I bet you fell asleep as soon as your head hit the pillow!

  4. Loved our visit to Venice. I visited you via Inspire Me Monday If not already part of SSPS, and are interested, find my entries: 11+12 You will find the linkup information (1) In the sidebar: Click on 2nd image; (2) under the “Recent Posts and (3) In the Top bar under Blogging: Weekly Senior Salon Pit Stop.
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