It was our last night in Italy. Our last bus ride from the hotel to Venice.
This time we entered the islands from another side and what a difference! There were way less tourists around and it felt more like a community, where people actually live, go to school, to work and do their shopping.
What a gorgeous day!
In this big piazza (square) we could see locals hanging out and school kids running around.
It's normal life here away from the touristic craziness.
The market was wrapping up and some people were buying the last fresh fish available.
Fruits and vegetable are sold on boats.
We walked all the way to Piazza San Marco through a completely different route.
I absolutely loved the floors everywhere here.
They are normally marble floors and have these amazing designs.
Since we had a bit of time today, we went up the Campanile San Marco, where we had a beautiful aerial view of old Venice.
St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
The tower is 98.6 metres (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica. It has a simple form, the bulk of which is a fluted brick square shaft, 12 metres (39 ft) wide on each side and 50 metres (160 ft) tall, above which is a loggia surrounding the belfry, housing five bells. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show the Lion of St. Mark and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514. The current tower was reconstructed in its present form in 1912 after the collapse of 1902.
Part of Piazza San Marco.
Down there we could see the two columns, one with the Lion - the San Marco - e one with San Teodoro. These columns used to be the main gate to Venice, and Europe.
The bells ring every hour.
Each of the five bells of the campanile had a special purpose. The Renghiera (or the Maleficio) announced executions; the Mezza Terza proclaimed a session of the Senate; the Nona sounded midday; the Trottiera called the members of the Maggior Consiglio to council meetings and the Marangona, the biggest, rang to mark the beginning and ending of working day. They are tuned in the scale of A.
We went back to the hotel in the evening and we grabbed dinner around the corner in a small family owned restaurant.
This was my last beer in Italy. :(
Juju was sad to find out this was her last pasta bolognese in Italy.
We had an amazing trip and will definitely carry many incredible memories of this charming and welcoming place.
See you later, Italy!