With our stomachs full of Italian spaghetti, it was time to walk off the calories. We had half a day ahead and there were still plenty of time. First stop, was Teatro Fenice just 2 blocks away from St Mark’s as the crow flies. We were not in the mood for any theatrical production but was serenaded when a flotilla of gondolas ferrying mainland China tourists passed by. I wonder did they knew what they were singing?
There are plenty of surprises around every corner in Venice
Just around the corner was Santa Maria del Giglio. I guessed I mentioned earlier that Venice is full of churches and what-not hidden around the narrow alleyways. It wasn’t in my itinerary but we had a stop to enjoy the Venetian architecture.
A few twist and turns later we found ourselves at a large square, known as Campo San Stefano. This square is flanked by a few churches on either side, so you can actually spend your time around here. It is also a good landmark in case you get lost, since the Ponte dell’Accademia is just at one end of the square. It is made our of wood and steel beams.
“Why are there locks on the bridge railings?” asked my Mum.
If you have an extra padlock, you can lock it on Ponte dell’Accademia. Although I’m not sure what the authorities will do to you if you get caught.
“They copied it from Paris’s Pont des Arts, where lovers would write sweet nothings on the locks, lock it on the railings and threw the key into the river Seine.” I said.
“I see,” murmured Mum.
You can see this palace from the Grand Canal. This 18th century palace was for the Rezzonico family, unfortunately the family name died out in 1810, leaving only the building. The Venetian authorities took over and turned it into a museum. If you’re looking for a replica as to how the nobles lived back in those days, this is a must-visit museum. Surprisingly, not a lot of tourists around here, most preferring to spend their time on St Mark’s Square.
The famous Ca Macana mask making shop can be found alongside Ca Rezzonico
Since we missed out on some of the churches previously, we decided to have another try. Our first stop was San Rocco, however, the entry price was slightly higher than usual due to an exhibition taking place within its doors, so we gave it a skip.
The hot weather and the long walks led us to Gelateria Millevoglie, located in between San Rocco and Basilica dei Frari. Besides the gelato, you can get some pizza snacks and drinks here too to quench your thirst.
Another of Venice’s palace-cum-museum run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, and was also covered by our museum tickets. You can catch a ride on the vaporetto right up to San Stae to save time, but we decided to hoof it and walk there.
Reminder: Museum Pass costs 24 euros per person
Currently, this 17th century palace houses artworks from the 18th and 19th century including some Oriental pieces in its 10 rooms. Don’t worry, there is absolutely no queue at all over here.
Gelateria San Stae
Looking for locally made gelato? Then this is it, or if you really want to try others, look for the words ‘propria produzione‘. Located along a quiet path just behind the San Stae vaporetto stop. This tiny shop sells a real big scoop of gelato. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!
Rest of the day/Conclusion
It was almost 6pm by the time we finished our gelato and were walking back to where we came from earlier — Campo San Polo. We had a quick power nap before heading towards dinner. Unfortunately, it was a mediocre experience, not worth sharing.
Know your landmarks!
Today was our last day at Venice, the trip started with a lot of walking and ended up with a lot of walking too. So wear some nice comfortable walking shoes, pack a hat and a good map, you’re good to go! I don’t like to boast but I do have an innate sense of direction, so Venice didn’t really trouble me much. Just make sure you know your landmarks and you will soon find it easy to get around.