I forgot to mention that we didn’t eat before last night’s Grand Canal cruise. We disembarked about 9:30 pm, only to find that most restaurants in Venice (and it seems Italy) close between 9 and 10. Yelp to the rescue! We walked 10 minutes to a place that was open until 11, at which point we learned another valuable lesson: when you arrive an hour before closing and all tables are currently full, you will not get to eat. Figuring that we were skipping supper, we slogged back toward the vaporetto stop (turns out Venice has a ghetto, and we found it) and ran across a joint that was still open. We ate the Italian equivalent of gas station pizza. As Paul Harvey would say, And now you know the rest of the story.
We rolled out of our hotel at the crack of 11 this morning (I blame the wine used to wash down the pizza) and headed to St. Mark’s Square.
We toured the basilica (no photography, so here are some stock photos). The interior is designed in the Byzantine style, based on the Greek cross. The walls and ceiling are covered in gold glass tesserae mosaics (no I didn’t know any of this 2 days ago, and yes, I stole it from another web page).
We finally made it to the top of a tower! St. Mark’s Campanile provided great view of Venice (thankfully the bells didn’t ring while we were up there):
This afternoon we headed to Milan by train. We ate dinner in the hotel, wrote this post, and are headed to bed early – two more sleeps until motorcycle! 🙂