May 26 – Sunday – Venice, Italy
May 27 –
Monday – Venice, Italy
AHHHhhhhhh, here we
are at the end our cruise, and our beautiful home at sea is gone. What a lovely time we had. We were rocked to sleep at night and fed all
the food we could eat and more. We were
entertained when we wanted to be, quiet when we wanted to be alone and met some
new friends. I would recommend this type
of travel to anyone who likes to relax and has hobbies like reading and
resting, or those who like running around from town to town when there are
ports-of-call. It can be restful or tiring,
your choice. I like the days at sea
Well, here we are
in Venice. Our first day, while still on
the ship was spent checking out our future hotel and the train station. We were going to walk our suitcases from the
ship to the hotel and wanted to be sure how far this would be. It looked pretty easy on the map. Of course the map looks pretty flat. Venice has hundreds of little bridges, with
many little and sometimes big steps.
Venice (Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsja] Venetian: Venexia [veˈnɛsja]; (Latin: Venetia)) is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshyVenetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon.
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. In 2009, there were 270,098 people residing in Venice's
comune (the population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population
of the whole Comune of Venezia; around
60,000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000
in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the
large frazioni of Mestre and Marghera; 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon). Together
with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice
Metropolitan Area (PATREVE), with a total population of 1,600,000. PATREVE is only
a statistical metropolitan area without any degree of autonomy.
The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century
BC. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian
Republic. Venice has been known as the "La
Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of
Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and
"City of Canals.
|Students waiting for their school water bus|
The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
History, art, beauty
and bridges….Venice here we come. We
left the ship on our second day. In
order to get our luggage to the hotel we walked from the ship to the People
Mover, then over two fairly medium size Venice type step bridges. I’ve taken a picture of some of our lighter
luggage at the top of one bridge.