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2006 Trip - Italy - Florence to Venice

Wednesday 5-17-06

Our day began in Florence when we boarded the Eurostar train for the three-hour ride to Venice. We arrived at about 1:30 pm. I had pre-reserved a Venice Card, which was to cover all water transportation and museum entry fees for three days.

We then tried to locate the vaporetto to get us to St. Mark's Square, where our bed and breakfast was. This was a quest we will never forget!

First we got on the vaporetto for line 1, but unfortunately it was in the wrong direction, and it went down one stop and made us get off. A kindly Brit told us where the stop was going in the right direction, and we finally made it there. The vaporetto became really crowded with tourists, working Italians, and young children on a field trip. Fun to watch - such beautiful faces!

After arriving at San Marco, we had a long walk wheeling our luggage (2 bags each plus shoulder bags) up and down several sets of stairs - I thought we would never get there! We did, of course, and the folks at Locanda Orseolo made us feel right at home, greeting us by name as we walked in. Matteo and Luigi (aka Gigi) were on hand when we arrived. More on the wonderful Locanda Orseolo tomorrow!

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Photo from Locanda Orseolo website.

Comments (4)

I enjoy riding the vaporetti but not when they are so crowded. Can’t wait to read about your adventures in Venice!

Aren't those Orseolo folks the best? I love staying there!

Barb Cabot:

Oh Be Still My Heart...I love Venice...what a magical place. I can hardly wait to hear about your stay there.

I did the same thing once getting on the wrong vaparetto at the train station. I have always heard wonderful things about Locanda Orseolo but have never stayed there.

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