Beautiful Venice

I have been to Italy a few times in my life. Among smaller cities I was in Milan, Florence, Genoa and Cagliari. I have even seen their state printer from the inside. Okay, I just mention this to have something to tell about Rome. But I never was in Venice before. This time I closed that gap.


As on other trips before, we used the evening hours for sightseeing. Benefits: Most day tourists are leaving in the afternoon and temperatures are getting more comfy every minute. Especially in smaller Italian cities, street life wont start before 7pm. And of course, the advantage of the golden hour for taking photographs.


The trip: Spending the day in an air conditioned mall in Mestre (Italy trip without fashion shopping is no Italy trip), later then a short drive to the pre-booked parking lot at Mestre train station, followed by a 10 minute train ride and we arrived at Venice St. Lucia station around 4pm. An easy and stressless way to get there. when queueing up for Vaporetto tickets, some Germans appoached us and offered their day passes, for free! They where already leaving and they would become useless for them anyway. What a gift. Thank you!

We jumped on a Vaporetto which brought us to St. Mark’s Square. Then we were strolling through Venice via Academia and San Polo to the Rialto-Bridge. Another Vaporetto took us back to the station.

This photo was taken from Rialto-Bridge, shortly after sunset.


Tip: later we learned, another way to get to Venice is by Ferry from Fusina. In my oppinion the perfect way. Could there be a better way to enter a city, built on water, by coming over water?


Summer, Sun, Kayak.

Better a fun kayak than no kayak. Never imagined river Po when thinking about kayaking. Not that bad. Plenty of water in branches of rivers and lagoons. Plenty of midges included. Its also possible to go from delta del Po national park to Venice by Kayak. Idea: with a folding kayak to Venice… reminds me about our 1996 Trabant trip through Tuscany.