Day 97– Gondola Ride and Getting Lost in Venice

Today we woke up with hotel breakfast in our room of hot tea and croissants, and then we headed out! We came across a beautiful gondola so we decided to go ahead and take a ride around the canals! Our gondolier not only sang us a lovely Italian song, but he also told us about the buildings we saw! 

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At the spot we were dropped off, I saw a Victorian looking dress sitting outside a shop and I wanted to check it out! Inside we found colorful handmade, one-of-a-kind dresses and masks! The woman who designed them explained to us that they were usually rented out for the large 11 day festival that takes place in Venice. She also told us about how she created each individual piece in her collection. It was so kind of her to speak with us and tell us about her craft! 

Next, while wandering around, we came across an old church that was turned into a museum of Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions. Based on his detailed drawings, they built these unique contraptions! 

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Following the museum, it was time to grab some lunch! We each got a pizza at an inexpensive pizzeria. Then for dessert, we stopped and got some gelato! Alexander fell in love with the Nutella flavor! 

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While walking around with our ice creams, we made it to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute!

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Since the Basilica is on a small peninsula, we had a great view of the water and the city surrounding us!

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We then weaved our way through the tiny streets and got lost a number of times! 

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Eventually, we stopped for another carb-filled dinner and then passed out in our hotel room for the night!