Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Venice Italy

The Gritti Palace on the Grand Canal
After a long Flight from SFO to Schiphol Airport (AMS) in the Netherlands, we transferred to a flight to Venice for the rest of the trip. We landed at the Marco Polo airport (VCE), then took a speedboat across the lagoon to the Gritti Palace Hotel on the Grand Canal. Perfect airport taxi!

Taking the Speed Boat from the Airport
The Gritti is a fifteenth century palace with a unique gothic structure that’s been turned into a luxurious hotel with views of the Grand Canal and charming surroundings.  

View from Room at Gritti
Each room is one of a kind with different views, sizes and each has unique decorations. There are  82 rooms and only 9 are overlooking the Grand Canal. We were lucky enough to get one with fantastic views of the Grand Canal. Sublime.

Grand Canal Side Street
The Grand Canal is Venice's main water thoroughfare, lined with great Renaissance palaces and is a colorful and busy spectacle of gondolas and vaporetti.

The Gondola in Action
Also had a great trip on a Gondola with a wonderful Gondolier. Expensive but a unique experience. Definitely worth it.

We Visited St. Mark’s Square and Basilica that’s quite close to the Gritti. There’s so much to see in Venice. Traveled all around town on foot and visited the Rialto bridge while walking through the antique surroundings to get there. 

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum was a fantastic break from old Venice. It contains works by artists such as Magritte, Jackson Pollack, Alexander Calder, Picasso, Duchamp, Braque, Brancusi, Mondrian and many more. It’s a must see.

Small Palace that's a Venitian Home
Venice is a wonderful city that has been a host to travelers for many years. It has grand architecture and many sights to see.   

Highly recommended!

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