Sometimes mistakes can lead you on the best adventures. Our whole trip I struggled with converting the time on my watch to the 24 hour clock time on tickets & passes. My now, non-jetlagged brain can do it easily now but while constantly on the road, it was something that I struggled with. Needless to say, I misjudged the time of our return train to Florence! I was feeling like we needed to get back quickly so we opted to take a water taxi back to the train station. I’ve never been so grateful for a mistake before. This was the best experience ever!
Water taxi is the only way to travel! I am currently trying to figure out how I can stop using cars and only travel to places that require a water taxi. Seems doable right? It was our own private boat, very luxurious! The boat cut through the canals at high speed. I again felt like I was in the Italian Job, this time in high speed chase! It was one of the most fun things we did on our travels!
We arrived back at the train station full of smiles after our fast ride through the canals, only to discover that I hadn’t misjudged the train time & that we were now early! So, we picked up a bottle of Proscecco (made in the Venice region) & some panini’s (delicious) and had a romantic picnic right on the canals. Our picnic was followed by some gelato (of course!) at a little place off of the main drag, in a little park where local kids kicked a soccer ball against the brick wall, and moms clustered nearby with their grocery bags.
It was so much fun to wander through the winding streets after our picnic. I loved listening to the water lap the sides of the pathways & wandering over the little bridges. We passed street vendors painting beautiful canvases, filling them with the colorful buildings of Venice. We ducked into little shops stocked with Venetian masks & Murano glass to pick out pieces to bring home.
Must Do’s in Venice:
Eat gelato (Because it’s Italy)
Take a gondola ride (let’s be real, it’s probably why you came in the first place!)
Get lost in the alleyways to get away from the tourists
Take a water taxi ride as many times as you can
Have a picnic on the canals
Buy some Murano glass & Venetian lace, it really does live up to the hype
Enjoy our video of Venice below. You can hear the bells of St. Mark’s Basilica ring out!: