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Published: November 6th 2018
This morning we decided to go to the sights around Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) so breakfast on the go was a slice of mushroom pizza, which was absolutely delicious and not greasy at all.
High tide was at 9:30am so we diverted around to the Rialto Markets to see the fish sellers, whose catches were literally still jumping. The produce in the vegetable stalls is incredibly fresh and looks very appealing. We wandered along the canal’s edge, towards Ponte de Rialto (Rialto Bridge), and it was really interesting to see the areas where we had stood the other day all under water.
Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) was knee deep in water so we walked along a boardwalk that ended up entering Basilica di San Marco (St Mark’s Basilica). The water was actually inside the entrance of the building, held back by some further internal stairs. No photos were allowed inside unfortunately, but the domed ceilings were amazing with tiny gold tiled mosaic pictures of saints and other images. We paid to go into the Pala d’Oro (main altar) & Tesaro (Treaury) to see the gold paraphernalia used in ceremonies. We also walked up some killer
stairs to get into the Museo di San Marco (inside the Basilica). This gave us a closer and higher view inside the domes, as well as access to an outside walkway where we had a wonderful view across the Piazza towards the Museo Civico Correr and of the Campanile (belltower), the canal and Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace).
After exiting the Basilica, we walked across the boardwalk to enter the Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace) which adjoins the Basilica. The gold and plush décor in this building was incredible.
After a quick cup of tea to rest our already aching legs, our next stop was at the opposite side of the Piazza, at the Museo Civico Correr (Correr Civic Museum). This is an L-shaped museum, formed by the buildings at the far side of Piazza and the canal side of the Piazza.
It was about 1pm when we finished so we decided to see one more tourist site that day so on our route we found a small café, Ostaria a la Campana, where we had lunch. Jo had penne pasta with vegetables in a Napolitano sauce and I had Risotto with pumpkin and ham.
from a delicious meal, we crossed over the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto), stopping for a delicious ice cream on the way (Limone sorbet for me and cheesecake for Jo).
Our final stop for the day was Palazzo Mocenigo, which is a costumes & perfume museum.
Finally, we got back to the hotel at 3:30pm, absolutely exhausted and with legs like lead. According to Jo’s pedometer, we had walked 8.5kms and the equivalent of 14 floors climbing.
For dinner, we walked along the canal and over a few bridges until we found a restaurant that appealed to us. Jo had spinach and ricotta cannelloni with a tuna salad and I had a pork chop with grilled vegetables.
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