We had planned to sleep in this morning, and made it to 8:00, when the nearby church bells woke us. They rang and rang and rang. I have no idea why, but can only imagine they were telling the hungover sinners to come in for confession.
Yesterday, we saw many of the most famous spots in Venice — St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and Rialto Market, and more.
Today, we decided to skip the well known in favor of the unknown.
After a leisurely brunch, we went out for a walk. We had no real plan or purpose, just a desire to see more of this lovely city.
There are six sestieri (neighborhoods) in Venice — three on one side of the Grand Canal and three on the other side. We headed to one sestiere that is a little off the beaten path and less visited by tourists.
It’s easy to get lost in Venice. The streets are a tangled mess. They zig this way and zag that way. They duck between buildings. Even still, we took a risk and put the map away, except to occasionally get our bearings.
We saw those things that tourists aren’t necessarily looking for — people walking their dogs, trash cans that need emptying, an Italian toddler starting what promised to be an epic meltdown, laundry hanging on a line… All the mundane and normal things that one finds where people live.
One thing’s for sure, if you come to Venice, you really must pack comfortable shoes for walking. And I don’t mean your Nikes. The only sneakers I saw were on tourists. Even my own husband ditched his sneakers in favor of some nicer shoes.
It was interesting getting away from the crowds and just walking where our feet led us. We wandered for a couple of hours, covering more than five miles.
Tomorrow, we leave Venice. We’ve enjoyed this visit and will definitely come back again. That said, there’s all the rest of Italy to see, so I think that Rome or Florence will be our next Italian destination, whenever that may be.