We visited Venice when we were staying on Lake Garda at the Hotel Le Palme in Garda. This was via Inghams the travel company who I must admit are very good. Their tour guide for our excursion
was superb and she set the scene straight away on the coach. The drive there was very pleasant and arriving at the entrance to the city was spectacular. The ferry boat took us into the grand canal where we landed and began our tour on foot. Very hot but shaded parts made it bearable. Very busy in June 2013 and the tour guide said to come back in October when it is quieter. Luckily we had lunch arranged for our group so I was satisfied. Pizza, wine and tiramisu - yummy!
Anyway St Marks square and the Campanile were tremendous, the gondolas we saw seemed to be like London buses in the rush hour, all queuing up. The canals were a bit smelly at times but we quickly moved on to the rialto bridge and the bridge of sighs, near the prison. Our ferry then took us on an hours tour along the grand canal which was especially great because of the breeze it gave us. So I can thoroughly recommend a day trip, longer would be better if you could.
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