Venice - A Misty Morning

A view of St. Mark's Campanile from San Salute Church in Venice, Italy.

On sunny days Venice sparkles. But when the sun gets high and hot, the island heats up and quickly grows muggy. I preferred days when with a bit more cloud cover. It doesn't take much to make a romantic moment in Venice, but I found misty mornings to feel particularly mysterious. And photogenic.

Looking out onto the Grand Canal from San Salute Church in Venice, Italy.
A window seat on the Vaporetto, or water bus, in Venice.
Dogs are welcome to ride the Vaporetto in Venice.

If you want to travel like a local, or if you just need some time off of your feet, find a seat inside the Vaporetto instead of hanging out on the deck. It can get a little stuffy if the water bus is full. But if you score a window seat you get a nice view and a breeze. Plus you might meet a cute puppy.

A vaporetto driver steers the water bus through Venice's Grand Canal.
A misty view across the Venetian lagoon to San Giorgio Maggiore.
The iconic Santa Maria della Salute church at the head of Venice's Grand Canal.

After checking in at La Salute, the picturesque Roman Catholic church situated right at the entrance to the Grand Canal, walk right to the end of island to Punta della Dogana. That's the little bit of land where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal (and the name of the museum that's situated there). On my visit there was a great statue of a boy holding a frog, but it seems that the statue has since been removed to make room for a lamp-post.

A whimsical statue of a boy with a frog at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.
A gondola ornament at rest along a small canal in Venice.
Pizzette through a bakery shop window in Venice, Italy.
A Venetian butcher prepares some sausage for a customer.
A mixed plate of cichetti at a restaurant in Venice.
Ready to get messy with a plate of squid ink pasta, a Venetian delicacy.
I stopped for lunch at a cafe I'd read about in an online travel guide and had a pretty mediocre meal. I ate outside and my table offered plenty of atmosphere and some nice people watching. A pleasant meal, even if the food was barely average. A disappointment quickly assuaged by a cup of gelato and another ride on the Vaporetto.

Making a mess of my squid ink spaghetti in Venice.
Moorings along the Grand Canal in Venice.

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