We started our day in Venice pretty early and headed to San Marco Square to see numerous sights in one place. Instead of walking to the complete other side of Venice, our hotel had a boat “shuttle” that had a stop at the square. It was perfect. We didn’t have to navigate and get lost trying to find the square and we were able to make good time so we had our day open to spontaneous turns on different cute alley-ways.
Since we went during the heat of tourist and travel season in Europe, the square was overflowing with people. This made us decide to skip the lines this time and just admire the exteriors.
San Marco Square housed multiple stops we wanted to make that included, the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Torre dell’Orologio, and Florian Cafe.
I wish I had brought my real camera instead of just my phone for this day, but after my mom’s purse was stolen and returned by an undercover cop the day before, I wasn’t feeling quite confident in such a touristy destination.
The Doge’s Palace is beautiful and unlike any palace I have ever seen. The pattern made from the pink, white and gray bricks is so eye catching. The arch ways and details are stunning and make the palace one of a kind. The palace is connected to Saint Mark’s Basilica since it used to be the Doge’s private chapel.
One aspect I loved from Saint Mark’s Basilica and Torre dell’Orologio was the gold tile in the mosaic work. The detail and the way the gold shimmered and shined in the light was such an amazing sight to see.
The Torre dell’Orologio is a beautiful clock tower with one hand and beautiful gold detail. It has been standing since the last decade in the 15th century. It is located on the eastern end of the square so people navigating the waters could see the time and so onlookers could see the wealth of Venice.
We wandered around the square looking into little shops until we arrived at our next sight in the square.
I was dying to go to Caffe Florian after seeing History in High Heels post about it, so we went and enjoyed an espresso and cake among a few other things. They had amazing live music outside in the square that you could easily enjoy inside Caffe Florian. It is one of the oldest cafes in Europe (it opened in 1720).
At our last stop, the Bridge of Sighs, we peered over the water to see the infamous bridge. After nudging my way through fellow tourists, I was able to see the detail of the bridge. The bridge connects the new prison to the palace’s interrogation rooms. Through this bridge and the designed “windows” prisoners would walk and catch their last view of Venice before being brought to their cells.
After spending enough time in the touristy areas, my family was ready to adventure to our next destination which was thankfully off the main roads.
Also taken from History in High Heels‘ instagram was this adorable and memorable book shop called Acqua Alta bookshop. From weathering water damage the bookstore repurposed the books into stairs to look out over the canal and as unique decor.
We also stopped adorable kittens sleeping among the books and running around!
And yes we had to stop in front of the light pink building (basically in ever single city).
Venice is one of my favorite cities in Italy and that I have seen so far. I love the peacefulness when you get off the main roads, with no cars, and just water to listen to. With an occasional boat of course. Venice is just one of those cities you have to visit in my opinion. There really isn’t anything like it.
I am hoping to go back soon!