After our Grand Canal cruise (see previous press), we spent most of day 10 in St Mark’s Square. Besides the Doges Palace, there was plenty of must-see in the only piazza in Venice.
We had a small misadventure at our first stop – the Clock Tower. According to our tickets, we were supposed to meet the guide at one of the museums at the piazza but she was nowhere to be seen minutes past the meeting time. Not sure if there was a miscommunication, we decided to go straight to the Clock Tower. The entrance was so well-hidden that we took a while to locate it – I always thought the entrance to a famous landmark would be quite grand (well well :P). So we started knocking on the door and pressing the door bell. I found it quite funny when the mister at the shop next door came out and told us to go back to the museum to wait for the guide. I thought he looked a bit bemused – the poor chap must have been the ‘guard’ for the Clock Tower over the years 😛
We passed the Hard Rock Cafe several times in Venice and decided to have lunch before our next stop to the St Mark’s Basilica. Yes, it’s a bit touristy ( I heard that Venice is a weekend getaway destination for Italians) and yes, it’s comfort food like Mac 🙂
No photos allowed at the St Mark’s Basilica (not unusual in famous places in Italy). Think grand altar and a big collection of art – known for its gold mosaic ceiling.
But we can take pictures of the facade and here are some of the people taking photos and feeding birds with the basilica in the backdrop. We had a go too, thanks to the lady who offered us some bread (but we was stopped by a policeman halfway through :p)
Next stop is to the Bell Tower with a great view of Venice. There was a queue to get in – everyone wants to be on top of Venice. Nice but very cold and windy!
Finally, a leisurely stroll in the Piazza before we board the water bus for a sunset cruise down the Grand Canal (again?) 🙂
This time, parts of the facade of the Clock Tower and Basilica were covered up for restoration. So was the Bridge of Sighs. Some reasons to visit Venice again, perhaps during the annual masquerade festival 🙂