Approaching San Marco
The Grand Canal
some with music - and gondoliers in trainers
A quiet time on the canal
The island of Burano - yes the tower is leaning
Burano houses with boat parking
Venice turned out to be
everything we expected and more, helped by a clear warm day in early
June 2005. We stayed at the secure motorhome parking at Punta Sabbioni
just a short walk from the ferry terminal. A 24 hour ticket for €10.50
was a bargain as it allowed use of all the ferries and water buses (Vaporetti)
around the city centre. We also had time the next morning to fit in a
trip to Burano with its multi-coloured houses and narrow canals.
The sights of Venice are remarkable and to us quite unreal as we
approached from across the lido and we just
wandered around for several hours, hopping on a vaporetti when we needed
a tip - get on the route that goes around the outer canal past the
docks and the working end of the city. It stops more often than the
express routes and was less crowded. As it passes through the terminus
by the railway station most people get off and you can get a good seat
when it starts a new trip down the Grand Canal.
There are so many interesting sights especially away from the main
attractions. The variety of boats on the canals were amazing - log jams
of gondolas, ambulance, police, a hearse and even a DHL parcels boat.
One man and his boat
Foot ferry - Don't wobble!
Of course all the usual tourist trappings are there in abundance
including lots of living statues . . .
"I told you not to phone me at
The ferry trip to Burano
is worthwhile, altogether quieter, with less tourists and many pretty
sights and a pleasant way to wind down after the hectic pace of Venice.