VENICE: For 24 Hours? Why Not! (The Last 12 Hours)

October 18, 2015  •  1 Comment

Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 939 times



If you missed The First 12 Hours, click here...If not....read on, or just enjoy the pics - not many get to see Venice without the never-ending crowds of people bustling about.

 

3:30 AM
... and the alarm goes off. We roll outta bed, jump in the shower, and thank god we had the foresight to buy a few croissants and coke (for the caffeine!) the night before so we'd have something to eat before we set out to have all of Venice to ourselves for a couple of hours.

We are out the door at 4:00 AM and start walking around the Canneregio district, to the Rialto Bridge. Sure enough, I think we saw maybe 5 people during this walk.....and perhaps the same amount of large-ish rats (yes, no typo there - there are large New York looking-rats roaming around Venice at this time!). From Rialto, we continue on to Piazza San Marco and Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace).

What a difference it is to see Venice like this!

 

4:32 AM - Chiesa di San Geremia - an elegan, 1700s Romanesque church4:32 AM - Chiesa di San Geremia - an elegan, 1700s Romanesque church

4:32 AM - Chiesa di San Geremia, an elegant, 1700s Romanesque church in Campo San Geremia 


4:35 AM - At the bottom of Ponte dell Guglie looking down Fondementa Labia4:35 AM - At the bottom of Ponte dell Guglie looking down Fondementa Labia

4:35 AM - At the bottom of Ponte dell Guglie looking down Fondementa Labia


4:46 AM - Rio de la Maddalena4:46 AM - Rio de la Maddalena

4:46 AM - Rio de la Maddalena


 

4:57 AM - Standing on some bridge, somewhere in Venice4:57 AM - Standing on some bridge, somewhere in Venice

4:57 AM - Standing on some bridge... somewhere in Venice


5:08 AM - Rialto Bridge5:08 AM - Rialto Bridge

5:08 AM - Rialto Bridge


5:11 AM - Again, not sure where we are - but it's somewhere along the Grand Canal5:11 AM - Again, not sure where we are - but it's somewhere along the Grand Canal

5:11 AM - Again, not sure where we are - but it's somewhere along the Grand Canal


5:14 AM - Gondolas docked for the night5:14 AM - Gondolas docked for the night

5:14 AM - Gondolas docked for the night


5:20 AM - Window shopping for masquerade masks5:20 AM - Window shopping for masquerade masks

5:20 AM - Window shopping for masquerade masks


 

5:27 AM - Piazza San Marco without a soul in sight!5:27 AM - Piazza San Marco without a soul in sight!

5:27 AM - Piazza San Marco without a soul in sight!


5:29 AM - When do you ever see this place empty?5:29 AM - When do you ever see this place empty?

5:29 AM - When do you ever see Piazza San Marco empty?


5:32 AM - Calle Salvadago in front of Hotel Cavalletto5:32 AM - Calle Salvadago in front of Hotel Cavalletto

5:32 AM - Calle Salvadago in front of Hotel Cavalletto


 

5:37 AM - I wish everyone could experience Piazza San Marco like this!5:37 AM - I wish everyone could experience Piazza San Marco like this!

5:37 AM - I wish everyone could experience Piazza San Marco like this!


5:40 AM - During the day you really don't get to appreciate the details and the beauty5:40 AM - During the day you really don't get to appreciate the details and the beauty

5:40 AM - During the day you really don't get to appreciate the details and the beauty


5:41 AM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) before the crowds swoop in5:41 AM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) before the crowds swoop in

5:41 AM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) before the crowds swoop in



 

PUNTA SABBIONI 
The plan was - to walk the 20 minutes back towards Fondamente Nove to take the first vaporetto out to Burano at 6:15 AM. However, it's 5:45 AM, it's kinda chilly and walking by the San Marco stop, there was big boat there, and the sign clearly said "Burano, via Punta Sabbioni". Just to be sure, we asked the guy before boarding if this goes to Burano. He told us it goes to Punta Sabbioni, but to get off there and change to the 12 vaporetto that will take us to Burano (even though this particular route number was supposed to go to Burano as well).

So...... thankful to get out of the cold, we hop on, convinced that the change over in Punta Sabbioni would be fairly short. We arrive in Punta Sabbioni (situated on the west coast of Cavallino-Treporti, Italy) about 45 minutes later and get off and ask when the next 12 vaporetto is coming. Guess what? Seems the schedule is not set in stone and very chillaxed on a Sunday morning.....so we are stuck here for the next 1.5 hours. 

Ah well.......we tried to make the most of it, but there truly is nothing to see here! We walked along the dock.....walked back, and when a resto finally opened around 7:30 AM, when most people were ordering a coffee.....it was wine that I needed to calm down a bit. 

 

7:06 AM - Watching the sun wake up in Punta Sabbioni on the west coast of Cavallino-Treporti7:06 AM - Watching the sun wake up in Punta Sabbioni on the west coast of Cavallino-Treporti

7:06 AM - Watching the sun wake up in Punta Sabbioni on the west coast of Cavallino-Treporti


 

7:10 AM - Wishing one of these restos would open soon, starting to get the munchies7:10 AM - Wishing one of these restos would open soon, starting to get the munchies

7:10 AM - While we ended up here by accident, still tried to make the most of it until the next ferry


7:11 AM - Nothing to do in Punta Sabbioni but stroll bu the water and take pics7:11 AM - Nothing to do in Punta Sabbioni but stroll bu the water and take pics

7:11 AM - Nothing to do in Punta Sabbioni but stroll along the water and take pics


8:01 AM - Snow-capped mountains off in the distance8:01 AM - Snow-capped mountains off in the distance

8:01 AM - Snow-capped mountains off in the distance


8:02 AM - A birdie posing for us as we're waiting for the ferry to Burano8:02 AM - A birdie posing for us as we're waiting for the ferry to Burano

8:02 AM - A birdie posing for us as we're waiting for the vaporetto to Burano


8:36 AM - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello, viewed from a vaporetto on the Venetian Lagoon8:36 AM - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello, viewed from a vaporetto on the Venetian Lagoon

8:36 AM - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello, viewed from a vaporetto on the Venetian Lagoon



 

BURANO (Finally!)
Finally arrive in Burano, and we hit the ground running, criss-crossing the island to enjoy the colourful houses, the church and be back in time for the next vaporetto back to Venezia. Turns out we did miss the next vaporetto.....but at least this place is gorgeous. I wouldn't mind being stuck here....indefinitely. 

Still pissed I didn't get here earlier, but happy that the island is still pretty empty - the hoards of tourists have not infiltrated the quaint streets yet (yes....I am fully aware that I am one of those tourists!).

The colourful houses...the bridges..the canals....are a feast for the eyes. You won't find the same colour side by side, and it seems like the whole spectrum of the rainbow is represented here. The story goes that the houses were painted so brightly to help fishermen recognize their houses when they came back after a long fishing day. Currently, any resident on the island that wants to repaint their house, needs to consult with city officials that will give them a selection of colours permitted for that spot.

 

8:38 AM - Arriving in Burano on Fondamenta dei Squeri - almost 2 hours later from when we wanted to8:38 AM - Arriving in Burano on Fondamenta dei Squeri - almost 2 hours later from when we wanted to

8:38 AM - Arriving in Burano on Fondamenta dei Squeri - almost 2 hours later from when we wanted to


8:40 AM - Surprised to see a 9/11 square in teeny tiny Burano8:40 AM - Surprised to see a 9/11 square in teeny tiny Burano

8:40 AM - Surprised to see a 9/11 square in teeny tiny Burano


 

8:41 AM - Alone on Calle dei Saladi8:41 AM - Alone on Calle dei Saladi

8:41 AM - Alone on Calle dei Saladi


8:42 AM - Curtains for privacy when the door is open for air8:42 AM - Curtains for privacy when the door is open for air

8:42 AM - Curtains for privacy when the door is open for air


8:42 AM - Out of the maze of houses we come out onto Fondamenta San Mauro8:42 AM - Out of the maze of houses we come out onto Fondamenta San Mauro

8:42 AM - Out of the maze of houses, we come out onto beautiful Fondamenta San Mauro


 

8:43 AM - Ahhh....the colours!8:43 AM - Ahhh....the colours!

8:43 AM - Ahhh....the colours!


8:44 AM - Everything is so colourful and charming that it almost looks like a movie set8:44 AM - Everything is so colourful and charming that it almost looks like a movie set

8:44 AM - Everything is so colourful and charming that it almost looks like a movie set


 

8:47 AM - Fondamenta di Cavanella8:47 AM - Fondamenta di Cavanella

8:47 AM - Fondamenta di Cavanella


8:48 AM - Lost track of where we are in Burano, but just enjoying walking...8:48 AM - Lost track of where we are in Burano, but just enjoying walking...

8:48 AM - Lost track of where we are in Burano, but just enjoying walking...


8:48 AM - No two houses in row are ever the same colour8:48 AM - No two houses in row are ever the same colour

8:48 AM - No two houses in row are ever the same colour


8:49 AM - Shades of pink8:49 AM - Shades of pink

8:49 AM - Shades of pink


 

8:50 AM - Looking down Fondamenta di Cao Moleca where this canal leads out to the Venetian Lagoon8:50 AM - Looking down Fondamenta di Cao Moleca where this canal leads out to the Venetian Lagoon

8:50 AM - Looking down Fondamenta di Cao Moleca where this canal leads out to the Venetian Lagoon


8:50 AM - Poor Jeremie, always stuck having to wait for me cuz I'm too busy snapping away8:50 AM - Poor Jeremie, always stuck having to wait for me cuz I'm too busy snapping away

8:50 AM - Poor Jeremie, always stuck having to wait for me cuz I'm too busy snapping away


8:54 AM - The sun shining on Fondamenta della Guidecca8:54 AM - The sun shining on Fondamenta della Guidecca

8:54 AM - The sun shining on Fondamenta della Guidecca


8:54 AM - Can't get over the prettiness of everything8:54 AM - Can't get over the prettiness of everything

8:54 AM - Can't get over the prettiness of everything


8:54 AM - Someone is too tall for most of the doorways in Burano8:54 AM - Someone is too tall for most of the doorways in Burano

8:54 AM - Someone is too tall for most of the doorways in Burano


8:55 AM - The views......wow....8:55 AM - The views......wow....

8:55 AM - The views......wow....


8:56 AM - The colours....the doors....the shutters.....I love all of it!8:56 AM - The colours....the doors....the shutters.....I love all of it!

8:56 AM - The colours....the doors....the shutters.....I love all of it!


8:56 AM - Two men out for their morning paper run -  Rio Terrà del Pizzo8:56 AM - Two men out for their morning paper run - Rio Terrà del Pizzo

8:56 AM - Two men out for their morning paper run -  Rio Terrà del Pizzo


8:57 AM - Via Baldassarre Galuppi8:57 AM - Via Baldassarre Galuppi

8:57 AM - Via Baldassarre Galuppi


8:58 AM - Chiesa di San Martino with it's leaning Bell Tower8:58 AM - Chiesa di San Martino with it's leaning Bell Tower

8:58 AM - Chiesa di San Martino with it's Leaning Bell Tower


8:59 AM - Dudes setting up for some sort of market8:59 AM - Dudes setting up for some sort of market

8:59 AM - Dudes setting up for some sort of market


9:00 AM - Strolling through San Martino square9:00 AM - Strolling through San Martino square

9:00 AM - Strolling through San Martino square


9:01 AM - Houses on Riva dei Santi9:01 AM - Houses on Riva dei Santi

9:01 AM - Houses on Riva dei Santi


9:02 AM - Notice the "Riservato" docking sign9:02 AM - Notice the "Riservato" docking sign

9:02 AM - Notice the "Riservato" docking sign


9:02 AM - Everyone takes pride in the way they decorate the exterior of their houses here9:02 AM - Everyone takes pride in the way they decorate the exterior of their houses here

9:02 AM - Everyone takes pride in the way they decorate the exterior of their houses here


9:04 AM - You can better see the Leaning Bell Tower from here - Fondamenta di Terranova9:04 AM - You can better see the Leaning Bell Tower from here - Fondamenta di Terranova

9:04 AM - You can better see the "lean" on the Leaning Bell Tower from here - Fondamenta di Terranova


9:05 AM - Still on Fondamenta di Terranova9:05 AM - Still on Fondamenta di Terranova

9:05 AM - Still on Fondamenta di Terranova


9:06 AM - Someone's getting their fish nets ready for the day9:06 AM - Someone's getting their fish nets ready for the day

9:06 AM - Someone's getting their fish nets ready for the day


9:07 AM - Time to make our passed this guy and try to catch the next vaporetto9:07 AM - Time to make our passed this guy and try to catch the next vaporetto

9:07 AM - Time to make our way passed this guy and try to catch the next vaporetto


9:19 AM - Seems we have 15 minutes to kill, so let's see where this bridge leads to9:19 AM - Seems we have 15 minutes to kill, so let's see where this bridge leads to

9:19 AM - Seems we have 15 minutes to kill, so let's see where this bridge leads to


9:20 AM - You can see Venice from this bridge, which locals call Ponte Longo9:20 AM - You can see Venice from this bridge, which locals call Ponte Longo

9:20 AM - You can see Venice from this bridge which locals call Ponte Longo


9:22 AM - Seems I'm suddenly on another island Isola Mazzorbo9:22 AM - Seems I'm suddenly on another island Isola Mazzorbo

9:22 AM - Seems I'm suddenly on another island Isola Mazzorbo and have stumbled into a vineyard


9:25 AM - Time to head back over the bridge to Burano9:25 AM - Time to head back over the bridge to Burano

9:25 AM - Time to head back over the bridge to Burano


9:26 AM - How did I not notice this statue at the dock when we arrived?9:26 AM - How did I not notice this statue at the dock when we arrived?

9:26 AM - How did I not notice this statue at the dock when we arrived?


10:32 AM - The vaporetto drops back in Venice at Fondamente Nove10:32 AM - The vaporetto drops back in Venice at Fondamente Nove

10:32 AM - The vaporetto drops us back in Venice at Fondamente Nove


10:33 AM - Snapping away at every canal we cross over rushing back to the hotel to make our 11 AM check out10:33 AM - Snapping away at every canal we cross over rushing back to the hotel to make our 11 AM check out

10:33 AM - Snapping away at every canal we cross over rushing back to the hotel to make our 11 AM check out


10:41 AM - Another canal somewhere in Venice10:41 AM - Another canal somewhere in Venice

10:41 AM - Another canal somewhere in Venice


10:41 AM - And another....10:41 AM - And another....

10:41 AM - And another....


10:42 AM - And yet another.....10:42 AM - And yet another.....

10:42 AM - And yet another.....


11:25 AM - This spot by the hotel looks way different now than at 4:30 AM!11:25 AM - This spot by the hotel looks way different now than at 4:30 AM!

11:25 AM - This spot by the hotel looks way different now than at 4:30 AM!


11:25 AM - I think this gives a better idea of all the tourists that have crammed into the city11:25 AM - I think this gives a better idea of all the tourists that have crammed into the city

11:25 AM - I think this gives a better idea of all the tourists that have crammed into the city


11:28 AM - If I tried this, I'd be in the water for sure11:28 AM - If I tried this, I'd be in the water for sure

11:28 AM - If I tried this, I'd be in the water for sure


11:31 AM - Making our way to Piazzale Roma but stopping to snap Rio Novo11:31 AM - Making our way to Piazzale Roma but stopping to snap Rio Novo

11:31 AM - Making our way to Piazzale Roma but stopping to snap Rio Novo


11:38 AM - Under the Ponte della Costituzione11:38 AM - Under the Ponte della Costituzione

11:38 AM - Under the Ponte della Costituzione


11:40 AM - Last view of the Grand Canal11:40 AM - Last view of the Grand Canal

11:40 AM - Last view of the Grand Canal - CIAO VENEZIA!!! Until next time!


 

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Lori(non-registered)
Gorgeous and entertaining, as always! ☺ Thanks for the vicarious journey to a beautiful city.
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