|Venice Grand Canal|
We are currently on the Letter V for our AlphabeThursday. I couldn't decided which word to use, so I decided to include two of my favorite places while in Italy: the Vatican and Venice. They should both be on anyone's to-visit list.
I've always wanted to go to Venice, and I got my chance this past May. It was just breathtaking. We spent two nights on the island and walked the canals, taking in all the wonderful sites. This was at the end of our stay in Italy, before returning to the airport in Rome.
|looking out on St. Mark's Basin|
We made our way to the city by boat after parking our rented car on the mainland.
Here's the whole gang, excluded me, the photographer: Mitch, Mom, Nicki and Judd. Cute photo, eh?
The Vatican was exceptional too. We went there on our second day in Italy. I would recommend you book a tour for the Vatican, either before you get to Rome or when you first arrive there, since they are very popular. Going on a tour allows you to past long lines of waiting tourists. You receive headphones that your guide talks into. And all the guides carry high flying flags, making it easy to follow them and listen as you go.
We basically spent the whole afternoon at the Vatican; our guide took us on a three hour tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. She was originally from Detroit!
|Mom and Mitch in St. Peter's Square|
There were about 12 people in our group: the four of us who flew in from Oklahoma (we met the rest of the family in the Hill Country) and some people from England, Australia and the Netherlands.
When we left, we walked out through St. Peter's Square and by the Castel Sant'Angelo.
See other AlphabeThursday posts at Ms. Jenny's ...off on my tangent...