Hi guys!!! Hope you’ve all had a great start to the year 🙂 Mine’s been great so far and I’m finally back to regular blogging! I have A LOT of back logs coming up in the next few months. Mainly – finishing off my Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Israel and La Union posts! So excited to share them with you guys 😛
For our second touring day in Venice we spent most of it exploring the St. Mark’s area. If you missed my first post on Venice, click here.
After eating breakfast and getting ready, we went out to buy our tickets for the boat shuttle going to the St. Mark’s area. It was our first time on it and since we weren’t going to be using it all day we just opted to get one way tickets for each of us. They were about 8 to 9 euros (Php 480). We were staying in the San Polo area, it wasn’t that far so we walked going back.
It was nice seeing the all the cute Venetian apartments and buildings while on the boat shuttle although they do get full and it’s a tad cramped inside.
I think we got there at around 9-ish in the morning and there was already a long line going into St. Mark’s Basilica. It was stunning on the outside and just as beautiful on the inside. Unfortunately no photography or videography was allowed inside 😭😭😭
Also, if you have luggage or big backpacks with you you’ll have to leave them at the counter on the left side. Entrance is free, so yaaaay! We waited roughly 20 to 30 minutes before we got inside, thankfully it wasn’t as cold as London or Paris!
Photo above: View of St. Mark’s square on the roof of the Basilica.
As you can see the square is full of people! The shops around the sides are mainly restaurants, souvenir shops and retail shops. They are a little on the pricey side. But you can walk around the area and find a lot of sandwich shops, pizza places and Gelato (had one everyday when we were in Italy – no regrets 😝 haha!) which I think is more worth your money.
We had fun feeding the birds! There were so many of them! Until we found out we weren’t supposed to haha. Ekk! That police in the background wearing the bright yellow jacket was heading straight for us to tell us to stop. Haha! OOOOPS
I think I made a new friend! This birdy, just quietly chillin’ on my hand. Until…
It started attacking me!!! Hahahahaha, oh nooooooo. Maybe this was what the police was warning us about 😛
After our morning in the Basilica we had our lunch in one of the sandwich stores in the area and it was good! A bit pricey but you can expect that since you’re in a very touristy spot. Food also costs more if you dine in, so if you’re trying to save a few bucks – better get your food to go 🙂
Like I said before, I had gelato EVERYDAY while we were in Italy – not good for my health but I just couldn’t resist! 😛 Cheesecake would have to be my favorite flavor!!! But I also love the pistachio and all the fruity flavors hehe. Definitely craving for some authentic Italian gelato right now!
Photo below (left side): You can see the back of the Bridge of Sighs. We didn’t go inside – the lines were too just way long – instead we walked around the area, sight seeing, visiting the small churches around the area and souvenir shopping!
Look at all those people!
The Rialto bridge! The oldest bridge in Venice – this was the nicest photo I could get since it was under construction. The bridge is also full of shops, which I thought was kind of weird. It was so crowded!
Souvenirs!! There are a lot of these stores scattered around Venice. The masks freak me out a bit though hehe. But I did enjoy looking at all the leather bags! 😛
Pizzaaaaaa! It was only €2.50 for a huge slice – I had to try it! 😛
And of course, never forget to give thanks ♥ ending the day right.
Venice is so beautiful! It’s probably one of my favorite cities that I’ve been to so far. I hope everyone gets the chance to see this place at least once! ♥
Have you been here before? What do you think about Venice – love it or hate it? Let me know it the comments section below!