I know, I know--we're nuts, but so be it! We'll be in Rome for 6 days, then FLO and Tuscany for 2+ weeks. We're 6 in a family of siblings, cousins and kids, and I've been out-voted--they want to take a train to Venice from FLO, so we're doing so in 2 weeks. We'll be having a private tour w/a wonderful tour guide in FLO who's an art history prof. and comes highly recommended by a good friend, whose teen age kids also loved the tours, and visiting the Uffizi, and also so much "must do" cultural stuff in Rome, so thought we'd take a break and just try to soak in the atmosphere of Venice.
I know--worst time of year/weather/throngs of touristas (like us), but we'll just go w/the flow...
I've narrowed down WHAT I THINK WE CAN DO, based on every posting in the Venice Forum, but I could be totally off base, so I'm going to write it down here, and hope that some kind, but knowledgeable and experienced TA member, will give me feedback, suggest the best order of things to see in the itinerary, and I thank everyone in advance!
Arrive at San Lucia train station.
Go to the vaporetto and take it to the Grand Canal.
Where to get off?
-Then hit Piazzo di San Marco,
-Go to the top of the Camponile to look over the tile roofs from S. Giorgio Maggiore (a via?)
-Try to make the Mercati di Rialto before iti closes at noon, Have the "best" gelati at the market across from the Rialto Bridge
-Visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
(hope it won't be too crowded),
and munch on chichet- (sp?) in the Rialto area at Do mori on the Calle del Mori, and perhaps not sit down to lunch because of time?
-If we do have a sit-down lunch, try Al Paradiso (located?), or the Osteria alle Botteghe on the Calle alle Botteghe just off Campo San Stefano. Near the "Main drag", but recommended as small & welcoming.
We have to get the last train @ 7 or 8:30 (I can't remember.)
Am I nuts--or is this do-able? If so, in what order, given we're coming and going by train from San Lucia.