There we were retracing back our flight to Venice, this time with our son who was surprisingly patient despite the fact that we had a 5 hour lay-over in Turkey. Thankfully, we decided to book a private water taxi, so upon arrival at the Marco Polo Airport after midnight and winding down to the pier, it took us only 20 minutes to reach our hotel, Hotel Ça Dei Conte, which was 2 minutes away from where our water taxi dropped us off. After a goodnight sleep in our elegantly decorated room and a good breakfast that was included with our stay, we began to show our son, K, what Venice is all about.

Since it is easy to get lost in Venice based on our first few experiences, when we booked our hotel this time, we chose it because it is strategically located close to everything important that we want to visit with the added bonus of nearby restaurants. If one goes straight and turn left twice, one would hit San Marco Piazza. When one turns right going straight near the water, one could see the Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute, passing by Harry’s Bar, which is famous for it’s bellinis and a must-go bar for Bostonians like us. This is also the route to find the bridge that leads to the Basilica di Maria Della Salute. We also went to visit Murano, where K learned about glass blowing. Peggy Guggenheim museum is a place not to miss. After a whirlwind of gondola rides, hundreds of steps going up towers, dining, and more old world history than our brain can hold, our days in Venice came to an end as we took the train at Santa Lucia Termini towards Rome.

Booking a private water taxi is the way to go if you arrive in Venice at midnight or later.

Our  hotel was 2 minutes away from where our water taxi dropped us off.

Our room windows open up to this view and the San Marco Campanile.

Basilica di Maria Della Salute

Anthony, our gondolier, belongs to a family of gondoliers.

On the Grand Canal

Rialto Bridge

Marco Polo’s house

Santa Maria Assunta Lido (taken from San Marco Bell Tower)- “founded in the 15th Century and rebuilt in 1557. The interior is a single nave with a vaulted roof and contains 17th and 18th Century works by Girolamo Forabosco, Lama and Pittoni.”

The Bridge of Sighs

Harry’s Bar

Santa Lucia Terminal