Still… Venice. I have so much joy walking through this city – if I only ever get to go to one city I would choose Venice easily.
Because we were travelling this time with three generations we chose a classic route through the sestiere; north from San Marco to the Rialto, San Polo, Santa Croce and across the Ponte Degli Scalzi to Cannaregio.
We worked to avoid the thickest congestion around the most famous landmarks and instead tried to get a little bit “lost” in the various calle.
It is fun to have moments when you can imagine being in old Venice, 500 years ago, rushing through the dark narrow spaces and trying to manage daily life in this very unconventional city…
Just after we crossed the Rialto we stopped at a fresh fruit stand for big cups of cold sliced watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, kiwi and strawberries… so rifrescante Mr. Martini went back for seconds. We sat down to eat in the shadow of the oldest church in Venice – San Giacometto, or San Giacomo di Rialto – and relished every sweet mouthful as the perfect antidote for hot and tired.
As we walked through San Polo and into Santa Croce we revisited San Giacomo Da L’Orio where we made some great memories on our last visit.
It was as special as we remembered – filled with local kids playing soccer in the square and Nonnas out for their evening passegiata.
We wound our way through Santa Croce, taking pictures as we went, and stopping on every bridge as G.Junior made time to “just look at the beautiful view!”
Of course there are the lions:
And the windows and doors:
Food highlights: we stopped for gelato only twice (not nearly as many times as Olivia) and sampled the following: limone, melone, cioccolato, nocciola and frutti di bosco (in various combinations). Best gelato of our trip so far. Especially the melon. High marks from everyone! Also, for the grown ups only, iced coffee in a can from illy! Dark, sweet, cold, delicious. Plus caffeine always helps. Not too much shopping but I was thrilled to find a tiny bookstore I remembered from my last trip which was selling bags and T-shirts with actual Italian writing (finally!) and a new little print shop with carnevale prints for our collection. (Love the smell of ink from a press… souvenir from my childhood.)
We finished our day hot, tired and sticky but happy and well satisfied with the adventure. We photographed every interesting moment – door knockers, statues, flowers, windows, canals, palazzi, graffiti, gelato…
I wore out the battery on my little camera and I still I don’t think we captured everything… during the long drive home we shared all our highlights but there are still many more moments…
With Venice I can say I have not yet had enough, and already am looking forward to seeing her lovely sights again.