Yesterday, Brooke and I wanted to beat the rain, so we woke up early, got our free breakfast that came with the hotel, and were on our way. Okay. Venice is SO confusing and almost impossible to navigate. Our first destination was walking through the Jewish Ghetto. Honestly, there wasn’t too much to see there. There was a holocaust memorial and we couldn’t even find the synagogue. After the Jewish section, we got on a water taxi all the way to Piazza San Marco. Gondolas are super expensive, so a water taxi was the next best option. The ride was so so so beautiful. I honestly can’t believe that a place looks like this in real life. You see Venice on postcards and in photos, and you don’t think the whole city can actually look like that, but I kid you not, it is exactly what you expect it to look like. Right out of a movie. On our way to San Marco, we got a view of Ponte Rialto, the Rialto bridge.
We got off at the San Marco stop, the very last stop. It was beautiful. The plaza was so big and the church was really nice. This is the plaza where all the pigeons were supposed to be, but the pigeons really weren’t that bad. After taking a bunch of photos at San Marco, Brooke and I wanted to walk around in the inner smaller streets of Venice, so we walked around and headed back to our hotel. Like I said before, Venice is so hard to navigate! You have to cross bridges to get to the other side but then have to cross back on a bridge to like the left to get back to the side you want to be on because streets don’t exist. It’s crazy.
So at this point Brooke and I were really hungry and we decided to go back to the hotel to check out my travel book for a place to eat. So the book said to go to this little sandwich shop right next to our hotel, but it was such a bust as sandwiches weren’t even out yet, so we decided to go to this pizza place called Cip Ciap instead which was supposed to have the best pizza in Venice. It was so hard to find and it was way further than we thought. We got there and we’re so underwhelmed…big disappointment. So we thought since we spent all this time looking for this place, we may as well go somewhere that actually looks good. On our way to Cip Ciap, we passed this other pizza place called Antico Forno which was also in the travel book. We didn’t have the address, but we knew we passed it, so we retraced our footsteps, which wasn’t an easy task, and we found it. It was worth it. Very good.
At this point, it was already late afternoon, so we went back to the hotel and got some wifi for a little bit. Social media is a pretty amazing tool. I was looking through Instagram and saw that my friend Allyson in AEPhi posted a photo in Venice and I also put a photo of Venice on Facebook. So now I knew Allyson was in Venice also, and then about 2 minutes later, my friend Jamie in AEPhi commented on my photo on Facebook that she was in Venice too with Allyson. So we made plans to meet up for dinner that night with Brooke and their other friends too. We went to this pizzeria which we didn’t really want since we had pizza for lunch, but it was good. Of course it was raining and my really crappy umbrella was really useless. On our walk over to the restaurant, Brooke and I heard sirens which we learned was a flood warning! This city is just a completely flooded city. It’s nuts! So Jamie, Allyson, and their 3 other friends met us at the restaurant. It was great to see them! They are going to Rome next and then coming to Florence, so I’ll see them in Flo!