It was the most magnificent entry into a port as we ever so slowly sailed into Venice along the Giudecca Canal, looking down from the top deck of our cruise ship, a birds eye view over the colourful rooftops, past the Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, and the many canals leading into the city. Venice is known as La Serenisima, the Serene Republic and from this fantastic vantage point it seemed all that until we actually set foot onto land where the congestion of tourists hardly gave it a peaceful atmosphere.
What an intriguing city with it's maze of canals and bridges, higgily piggily narrow streets, street vendors and gondoliers. Once again, an afternoon with too few hours to explore so much, but what we did see was fascinating.
Piazza San Marco
St Mark's Square
The Campanile or bell tower which stands 323 feet topped with a golden weather vane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.
St Mark's Basilica
The Clock Tower with mechanical
bell ringers marking the hours
The Rialto Bridge along the Grand Canal
Our 12 day cruise has come to an end and what an amazing adventure it has been. We have seen and learned sooo much and yet realize that it was just a minuscule taste of the Mediterranean.