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Report 1114: Bergamo, Venice, Lerici, Piemonte, Friends & World Cup Mania

By girasoli from Hawaii, Summer 2006

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Page 7 of 23: Last Day in Venice

photo by girasoli

Rialto vegetable market - fiori di zucchine & other veggies

On my last day in Venice, I spent most of the day wandering the streets, taking more pictures, and savoring every minute I had left in Venice. I started off my day going to the Rialto fish market as well as the adjacent vegetable market.

After leaving the fish market, I wandered into a few stores on the way to San Marco for one more walk through Piazza San Marco. I took more pictures and then took a traghetto across the Grand Canal. The traghetto is like a little gondola that costs half a euro for a quick ride across the canal. You can either stand or sit - most locals stand. This was my first ever traghetto ride. It went by pretty fast but was still fun nonetheless.

I wanted to get up close to the huge church, Santa Maria delle Salute that is pictured in so many pictures of the Grand Canal/San Marco area. It was closed when I got there but the views of the church close up and the San Marco area across the canal were well worth the visit.

After taking more pictures, I wasn't sure where I wanted to go. I took the next vaporetto. A couple of stops later, I made a quick impulse decision to get off to head back to Campo Santa Margherita to have lunch and another gelato. I really loved this campo. After lunch, I decided to take a quick look in the Accademia Museum since I was so close and I had never been there before. I was pretty tired from all the walking I had done and I was not in my "best museum" mood to look at paintings but went anyway. I thought the museum was "just okay" but again, I may have liked this museum more on a different day. By this time, it was very hot both outside and inside the museum. After a quick tour, I left the museum, got a second wind, and decided to walk instead of take the vaporetto.

I walked back through the San Polo and Santa Croce sestieri, taking more pictures along the way. Time seemed to be flying by. Four days is NOT enough time in Venice, even when having already visited Venice before. As I reached my hotel, I realized that I had not visited the Palazzo Mocenigo yet. It was located very close to my hotel. Since it was almost closing time, I asked the woman in the ticket office if I would have enough time to tour the museum. She insisted there was plenty of time. I was the only one in the museum other than a few workers. The rooms were very interesting but I felt rushed while there. After leaving each room, the woman would close the door to close that part of the museum. The Italy-Czech game was starting when I entered the museum and I think that they wanted to close early to watch the match. I really couldn’t blame them. When Italy scored, I could hear the roar of the people outside. Palazzo Mocenigo was an interesting place to explore. Someday I hope to return to spend a little more time in this place.

The three most popular things sold in Venice are glass, lace, and masks. I had spent time in glass and lace shops on this trip, but not any mask shops. After leaving Palazzo Mocenigo, I walked over to this little mask shop that was located not too far from my hotel called Peter Pan. The woman in the shop was extremely nice. She told me all about how she makes the masks by hand. I wanted to buy one but could not figure out how I would carry it during the rest of my trip. I also could not decide which one to buy, as there were so many different types of mask. I really should have visited the shop earlier in my stay. This way, I could have shipped the mask home through the mail. Instead, I took some pictures of some of her masks, took her card, and hope to go back to her shop some day to finally buy a mask.

I have definitely changed my opinion on Venice and look forward to returning again soon! I found the real Venice this time and have fallen in love.

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