Sunny skies and a perfect blue sky only added to the beauty our Holiday Vacations group explored in Venice. A city basically built on water, Venice is made up of 160 islands. Some 400 bridges help you get around, along with water taxis and gondolas - no vehicle traffic on these narrow streets. Our tour of the city began with the grandeur of the Doge's Palace and continued with the splendor of St. Mark's Basilica. These buildings and many more featured such spectacular detail, it's hard to believe they are centuries old - St. Mark's dates back to the 1100s. Exploring the city is a test of your sense of direction - narrow streets twist and turn, each filled with shops - anything from blown Merona glass, to Italian leather handbags, to Ferrari accessories, to "made in China" souvenirs! We ate sandwiches of local cheese, Italian meats and fresh-baked breads as artists touted watercolors of the sites. Of course, we also experienced a gondola ride through the city's famous canals. It's a city unlike any other - and it's my pleasure to share some of the sights and sounds!
The view as we came in on the water taxi
The Doge's Palace
The Golden Staircase in the Doge's Palace
The buildings along the canals are beautiful
The Rialto Bridge
The view thru the pillars on Rialto Bridge
Yuvon and Carl ride the canals
Becki and Bill enjoy the ride!