Venice Day 2

I got up around 7 and headed straight out to the San Marco Piazza, to avoid the tourists….too late, but at least they weren’t the throng they are later in the day. Eileen had a bit of a lie-in, while I went photo-walking:

San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice
San Marco Square in the early morning before the tourist hordes, Venice

After that we went to breakfast in the hotel and planned our day…vaguely. We headed down to the Rialto bridge to take the obligatory photos, and then across to the Jewish Quarter (the original Ghetto) to have a look at the Jewish Museum and do the tour of 3 of the Synagogues, including one that is still active. It was quite interesting:

Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice

We had a look around the square as well:

Jewish mosques and museum, Venice
Jewish mosques and museum, Venice

Then we walked across to the San Polo district and were heading for a palazzo with renaissance art and furniture. We stopped off for lunch and coffee and continued on.

Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice
Views around Venice

We stopped again for gelato, as you do. It was hot! 🙂 While I was checking the best route to the palazzo, I discovered that it was closed all day (not just at 9am!), so, since we were really close to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which had been recommended to us by the guide, we went in there instead. Good move! It was magnificent!

La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice
La Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

After that, we stopped for a beer (it was hot, I say!) and then headed to our hotel…

More views around Venice
More views around Venice
San Marco Square in the mid-afternoon, Venice

…to prepare for our tour of San Marco. This was no photos allowed, unfortunately. It was amazing inside – with the gold mosaics everywhere etc. Just gorgeous.

After that we went to Caffe Florian on San Marco Piazza. This was quite expensive, but an amazing, historic place with fantastic service. I couldn’t resist taking some photos (none of the outside, since it was being restored):

Cafe Florian, San Marco Square, Venice
Cafe Florian, San Marco Square, Venice
Cafe Florian, San Marco Square, Venice

Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for our bacari crawl. We went to a few of the bacaris I had read about in my research. The first couple were quite good, but the last Eileen didn’t like. The service was a little slow and lacking, true, and it was a little more expensive than the others.

We toddled back to our hotel via the Rialto bridge, which had to be photographed by night, of course:

The Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice
The Rialto Bridge, Venice

Then back to the hotel for a night-cap and then sleeeeeeeep!

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