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Venice in October – Day 2

Venice honeymoon holiday

St Mark’s Square from San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

The weather on the second day was less Italy and more England. Still the drizzly morning didn’t deter the crowds from flooding St. Mark’s Square.

St Mark's Square, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Thanks to my attempt to be more spontaneous (i.e. not have bookings for every thing) we had to join the queue.  Someone posted on TripAdvisor that you can bypass the lines to enter St. Mark’s Basilica (the huge cathedral at the square) if you’ve got a bag to deposit at the baggage counter.  We did but it didn’t seem to help.  Anyway things moved along fairly quickly and we were in after five minutes.

Once inside, the line snaked around past the treasury (3 euros for a small room of sparkles) and the Pala d’Oro, the gold retable.  Did you know there are 8,000 square metres of mosaics in the cathedral?  Neither did I.

For a smashing view of Venice including St. Mark’s Square and the Santa Maria della Salute, hop on a water bus to the neighbouring island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

The church there is beautiful and less crowded.

San Giorgio Maggiore church, Venice

An elevator ride up its bell tower will reward you with gorgeous views of the surrounding islands.

View from San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

View from San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

A quick stroll around the side of the church along the water…

From San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice

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