We actually spent two nights in Venice, though they weren’t contiguous. The first was the night before the cruise, which we spent on the island of Lido.
Sunset as seen from the boat to Lido
That morning we walked along the main road on Lido and spent some time chilling on the beach. The water was the perfect temperature! Of course, we had pizza for lunch.
The canals in Lido were so beautiful
We took a vaporetto (the public boats in Venice) up the Grand Canal to the cruise terminal. We got an awesome view of the Rialto Bridge as we approached and went under it.
When we returned from the cruise, we stayed on the actual island of Venice. Venice has a biannual art show called the Biennale, where various countries have an artist represent them. It’s all modern art, but some exhibits were more interesting than others.
This art piece was like being in a tree fort
We spent the rest of the day wandering around the narrow streets, enjoying the canals…
…and taking in the sights like Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, and the shopping on the Rialto Bridge.
Because we were in Italy, we managed to eat pizza for both lunch and dinner, and have gelato three times!
It was a short amount of time in Venice, but we felt like it was enough to see the whole island (though there’s of course more we could have done). The next day my friend flew back to the States, and I was on my way to Berlin!