The cruise was over! We were sad that the vacation was coming to an end; but excited to get a chance to see Venice. We made it off the ship early in the morning and took the Express Alilaguna route from the port to Saint Mark’s Square. Locanda Orseolo, the small, boutique hotel we stayed at, was a short walk north of the Square in a private courtyard. We walked to the hotel and dropped off our luggage before heading out for the day.
We had originally planned on going out to the islands of Murano and Burano; but the hotel owner informed us that the vaporetto operators were on strike that day. So, we decided to just walk around Venice and explore, instead.
Down the alley headed from the hotel to St. Mark’s Square.
We looked around St. Mark’s Square; but didn’t stay long because we had tours booked for the next day. We walked toward the waterfront and turned left, towards a less touristy part of town.
We turned left and walked to Campo San Zaccaria and the San Zaccaria church.
The church was originally founded in the 9th century A.D.; but was rebuilt in 1515. Inside the church is the “Madonna and Child with Saints” painted by Bellini in 1505.
After leaving the church, we continued walking towards the eastern end of the island. Looking down one of the small canals, we saw this leaning bell tower.
And this cute little couple walking down the street with the laundry hung out to dry.
We somehow walked all the way over to the Arsenale, the greatest naval shipyard in its prime. During the 16th century A.D., it had a workforce of 16,000 men and, with its revolutionary assembly line system, could assemble one full galley ship per day.
One of the fancier gondolas. We planned on taking a gondola ride. But, once we got to Venice, we changed our minds. In a lot of the canals, there were traffic jams of gondolas. And, the ride is expensive for two people (80 Euros for a 40 minute ride). So, we decided to skip it.
From there, we walked over to the Cannaregio neighborhood.
At that point, it was time for lunch. I had researched beforehand and found a place that made gluten free pizza. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the place; but it was the best gluten free pizza I have ever had.
The view from our table.
We finished lunch and headed back to the hotel for a short, afternoon break. We had a great stay at the Locanda Orseolo. The owners and staff were very welcoming and helpful. And, the breakfast they served included fruit, eggs, sausage, and different pastries. The hotel is located on the Orseolo canal and some of the rooms, including the one we stayed in, have canal views. The window/door in the room next to the office has direct access to the canal. So, if a guest is arriving or leaving via a water taxi, they can get dropped off or picked up right at the hotel.
We stayed in the Arlecchino room. It was very nice. And, they even provided robes and slippers for us.
Canal view from our room.
After a short break to cool off and put our feet up, we ventured out again. We walked west through Campo San Moise.
On to Campo San Stefano.
And, across the Ponte dell Accademia. View from the bridge, towards the south end of the Grand Canal.
We visited the Galleria dell’ Accademia, a museum that houses the largest collection of Venetian art in the world.
Inside the first gallery.
Some of the artwork.
After walking through the Accademia, we had some extra time before dinner. So, we walked around a little more.
Unfortunately, it started to rain. And, of course, we didn’t have our umbrella with us. So, we walked to the restaurant and waited for it to open. Luckily, they didn’t mind us getting there early and gave us a table. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for sleep and to rest up for the next day.