We kicked off our two weeks in Italy in Venice. We only had a day there, so even though it was raining we decided to make the most of it! We had planned to follow World Wanderista's one day walking map, but by the time we had gotten from the airport to the city centre, bumped into our Airbnb host in a restaurant (it really was a coincidence, we had gone into a restaurant for coffee and their free Wi-Fi to contact him, but he happened to be there to and recognized us!), and dropped off our bags at the Airbnb, it was already after noon.
Our Airbnb happened to be partway along the walking route, so we decided to just start from there. We quickly learned how tricky it was to navigate through Venice. Not only are the streets very narrow and windy, but the street names also seemed to change at different parts of the street making it quite confusing! But then again, there are worse things that can happen to you than getting lost in Venice. It is such a beautiful city, and visiting it has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I was warned by a couple of people that it isn't as pretty as it looks in pictures, but I can honestly say that I was not at all disappointed!
One of the highlights on the walk was the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Saluta, a church that's beautiful both on the inside and outside. The inside is octagonal, with a stunning floor, and amazing paintings and statues. Plus, it was free to enter which is always a bonus!
It is also right by the Ponte dell'Accademia, where you can get some amazing views of Venice over the Grand Canal.
After admiring these views, we decided to veer off course from the walking map to check out the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). This square is home to a number of famous landmarks in Venice such as St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and the bell tower.
From there, we walked alongside the Grand Canal. It had gotten dark by then, and it was still rainy. But the lights reflecting off the wet ground made for some very pretty shots!