Buying the three day
travel pass was worthwhile as a single journey ticket on the vaporetti
was €7 and we were able to frequently hop on and off, although many of the boats were crowded with
standing room only. The routes were
rather confusing to start with so we had a couple of journeys
zig-zagging across the Grand Canal sometimes heading in the wrong direction. We ended up in the back streets quite
often where there were many interesting sights such as markets, a carnival masks
workshop and a gondola boatyard among the ever present bustle of boats.
A worthwhile longer trip was the twenty minute boat ride across the
lagoon to the island of Murano, famous for its glassware and
continuing further to reach Burano, a riot of colourful houses
lining the narrow canals with shops selling delicate lacework and
delicious gelati (ice creams). Returning to the centre of Venice,
as we disembarked from the vaporreto we spotted some friends from home
who we knew were visiting Venice - it's a small world!
Murano glass sculpture
A colourful corner in Burano
For our final day in Venice we caught the crowded early morning bus to
the Piazzale Roma bus station and headed for the Peggy Guggenheim
Gallery containing mostly Twentieth Century art and a temporary
exhibition of work by the American artist Jackson Pollock and his
father Charles. There was also a small terrace giving an excellent
views across the Grand Canal.
As we left the gallery we met our friends from home for a second time -
what are the chances of that happening in a city packed with thousands
of visitors?!! We somehow managed to catch an express limited stop bus back to the
campsite but with the help of an English speaking
local persuaded the driver to stop in the next village after the
site so didn't have to walk back too far in the intense 32°+ mid
afternoon heat and welcome ice cold drinks in the shade.