After locating our luggage, we made our way to the bus ticket kiosk so that I could retrieve the tickets for our bus ride into Venice, which I had previously purchased online.
I gave the nice lady my 2 vouchers and she gave me two bus tickets and pointed me in the direction of the bus platforms.
Since I had done quite a bit of reading and research, I knew what bus I was looking for and how the whole system operated for the most part.
Our bus ride took us about 20 minutes to get from the airport to the Piazalle Roma...this is basically the entrance to Venice but more importantly it is as far as where cars, buses, taxis and such can go. Beyond this point, everything is done on foot, or by some sort of boat.
Our hotel was only approximately an 8-10 minute walk from the Piazalle Roma and we had to walk over just one small bridge that luckily had a few spaced out steps especially for us because we were dealing with 3 suitcases, another wheeled bag and two backpacks. The shorter the walk and less steps to navigate the better.
Our hotels location would also prove advantageous when it came to to head to the pier and board our boat. The entrance to the people mover was about a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel but proved to be a bit more challenging. More on that later.
Upon arriving at our hotel...the Hotel Papadopoli around 1330 hours, we were able to get into our room and get settled in just a bit before heading our onto the streets of Venice.
Veronica and I were planning on getting on a gondola ride but we met this this guy with a boat that offered us a tour for 60 euro an hour. The gondola rides are usually anywhere between 80-120 euros and they last about 40 minutes and they mostly go the same route.
This guy said he would take us to all kinds of different areas and he was good to his words. We could not have asked for a better tour. We went all over the place and actually saw hardly any gondolas on our tour. We got to see things that no one in a gondola ride would ever see. It was really fantastic and we could not have asked for a better deal or tour guide. After that tour, Veronica and I decided to fore go any thoughts of a gondola ride.
After the tour, Veronica and I walked all over the place. Venice is definitely a walkers city. There are fantastic nooks and crannies and alleys everywhere to discover great things to photograph.
During our walk near one of the canals, we came upon what appeared to be the filming of a movie scene with someone trying to "row" a gondola. I am not sure who it was or what the film was but it was interesting to watch them filming on this small canal.
We ended up grabbing some pizza to take back to the hotel with us because of the long day it had become.
As it turned out, as tired as I was, this night was about to turn out to be a lot longer and one that would provide little sleep.
Our really nice 2nd floor room that faced onto a small canal. This would be a really beautiful view and a real plus if it were hot out and the windows were closed and the air conditioning was turned on in the hotel. Unfortunately none of those applied while we were there. We had to open the windows because the a/c was turned off.
Throughout the course of the night, I could hear the sounds of delivery boats...yes you heard correctly...everything is delivered by boat to a dock or pier and then hand truck basically to wherever the product needs to go. There were several delivery boats that night, along with boats that stop to pick things up and of course you have boats that drop off linens and boats that pick up garbage.
Then you have really loud voices talking or what seemed like arguing but from what I was told they are "passionate". I even heard some guy singing loudly to himself at some hour that seemed impossible for anyone to be singing at.
It seemed like every time I started dozing off a new boat would show up and then it would be banging and clanging and all kinds of noise for hours on end.
By the time the morning came, I was ready for a nap but there was no time nor any way I was going to do that...after all I was in Venice and I was going to stay awake and enjoy every moment I was there...whether I wanted to stay up all night or not.
I took lots of photographs on our latest adventure. If you double click on any photo it will enlarge it so that you can see it better.
Here are some photos as we arrived into Marco Polo Airport and from our very first day in Venice:
Just a very small part of the Venice lagoon. The posts sticking up designate a lane or channel that might be just a little deeper for a boat
Below is the causway that leads into the Piazalle Roma, which is the last place where any car, bus, train, taxi, or anything else like that can go before you get into Venice. There is plenty of parking in the area
View as we landed at the Marco Polo International Airport, which is about a 20-25 minute bus ride into the Piazalle Roma and Venice
Another View of the airport
From the airport we got on a bus for the 20-25 minute ride to the Piazalle Roma. We gathered up our luggage from underneath the coach bus.
Here we are preparing ourselves for our journey over one bridge that will lead us into a park and then up to our hotel. It is about a 10 minute walk from the Piazalle Roma but when you are tired it seems longer and the steps on the bridge seem to be more of a challenge than they actually are
There is said bridge
There is our hotel
The stairs behind Veronica lead into the Hotels' restaurant...I believe it is called the Winter Garden...it has plants and vines growing throughout
Just off to the right and out of sight is a Piazza with a cafe and tables with large umbrellas to sit under. Where you see this boat is at...this is just below and to the right of our 2nd floor window and it was where a majority of the boats pulled up and stopped during their late night delivery drop offs or pickups. This included the garbage boats too.
Other room rental and small hotels and hostels were located along this small canal
There was some foot traffic at night but not a lot. There weren't a lot of bars in the immediate area but it was a good direct way to walk back to the Piazalle Roma
Antico Forno ....Ruga San Giovanni (Ruga Rialto) 970 | tra il Ponte di Rialto e Campo San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy It is rated #9 on TripAdvisor out of all restaurants in Venice. It doesn't look like much but the pizza is fantastic. You get a huge slice for about 2.50 euro that is about the size of a dinner plate. If you go to the Rialto Bridge and start asking around, someone will lead you in the right direction. A little hard to find but so well worth looking for. If it wasn't so far from our hotel, we would have had all of our meals here.
As you can probably tell most of these next photos are during our boat tour
What can I say...the shot always comes first then the personal photos
Various ambulance boats parked outside of a hospital building
Veronica bought a bunch of miniature mask to use in her art work. Many were only 1 euro
We ate this meal outside as we watched people walk by
More mask shops
Various Grand Canal at night photos