I was all set to call Venice the city of Bridges in the title, but after googling the term “City of Bridges” I found out that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania holds that distinction at 446 bridges, with 3 more bridges than Venice. As I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, or crossed any of their bridges, I still consider Venice to be the city with the best bridges.
Day fifteen was a partial day in Venice with the ship leaving port at 4:30 pm. As now Venice veterans we were able to catch the water bus to the Piazza San Marcos with no problems and visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and do some shopping. Visiting Saint Mark’s Basilica is free, you just have to spend about 15 minutes in line waiting to get in. Once inside you have the option of either walking through the church in about 5 minutes or less, or you can visit the museum and gift shop by walking up some cool and narrow steps off to your right. I think the charge was 5 Euros to get in. It was worth it as you could spend all the time you wanted there, and you were able to see the four Horses of Saint Mark.
Sunrise over Venice as seen from our ship.
The cruise ships come and go all day at the port.
A beautiful bridge in Venice, so of course I use it for a background in selfie photo.
Outside Saint Mark’s Basilica.
Yes, even the Garbage trucks are boats.
Ferrari racing cologne for the woman who is attracted to smell of F1 racing I guess.
Stacks of pizza ready to go at the Ramo del Fontego Dei Tedeschi. I think they would do more business if the had a website. They don’t.
The price is higher in the afternoon as more tourists arrive.
The tight and narrow walkways and streets of Venice make for interesting delivery methods.
It’s Italy, they drive the boats like they drive the cars.
It’s just you and boatloads of people in the Piazza San Marco.
Turns out Venice is the city with the second most bridges in the world.