We toured a lot more, and I learned more about the history of Venice. I saw San Marco square, the Doge Palace, the Jewish ghetto and San Marco Basilica.
|Girl in the Jewish Ghetto|
The city is a hodge podge. Not many things in Venice are original. A lot of what is there was plundered, stolen, or bought from other areas.
The lion is a promienent symbol of Venice
Venice had its own government, and at once, was independent.
Gondoliers go to school and training for 2 years. It cost about 50,000 Euro to buy a boat. The tradition is commonly passed down in the family for generations.
There is one casino in Venice.
Venice is known for two artisan items, masks and glass.
After we completed our tours, we had some free time. I chose to take a water taxi and go to Murono. This island of glass was absolutely stunning. Glass factories were everywhere.
|Water taxi ride|
|Murano glass shop|
After Murono, I realized a life dream: I took a gondola ride. Surprisingly, it took us a while to find one, but we located a boat just in time for dinner. Our gondolier was friendly and knowledgeable. He told us interesting facts as he rowed down the canals.
At dinner that night we had lasagna, veal, potatoes and terrimissu.
We only spent 3 days in Venice, which wasn't long enough. I hope I'll get to revisit someday.