Venice…a land of islands, cathedrals, waterways and much history. The city structures date back a few thousand years in many cases. The water has caused some structures to shift and need additional support via wooden poles below the water's surface. Venice has 120 islands and 170 churches. In addition to the many foot bridges, boats and gondolas are common modes of transit between islands.
I had always wondered if seeing this city would be as amazing in person as I thought it was in photos. Now, I, along with the rest of the group would agree today was well spent exploring Venice. We started out touring parts of the city with a Venetian tour guide and then all went our own directions for a few hours.
Below are just a few of the sites from today.
|St. Mark's Cathedral|
|Riikka gave us final instructions as we started our day in Venice. One important reminder was to make sure we kept our belongings close as pick pocketers tend to be active in the large tourist crowds.|
|On our tour it seemed every time we turned a corner a different |
church appeared. Everyone of them was unique in its own way.
St. Maria's church was one built to appear larger than it really is.
|It was rare to come across a quiet street.|
|Gary and Amy Cammack also enjoyed a bit of time away from the crowded streets in their gondola.|
|This is a view of the Grand Canal, the main water way that weaves through Venice.|
|Even the floor of the cathedral is beautiful mosaic.|
|St. Giorgio's Cathedral and island can view to the south of Venice.|
|Another leaning tower in the background.|
|The Jesuits built this church bordering the water in Venice.|