You can follow my AESU Tour to Europe from the start here.
The tour continued on from Austria and we traveled to Italy with our first stop being Venice (Venezia). I had visited the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, but it did not even begin to prepare me for Venice, Italy!
We took a water taxi to the main square, Piazza San Marco. I could not stop smiling or taking pictures.
One of the highlights of the visit here was taking a gondola ride with my friends while a gondolier steered his way around the canals singing to us in Italian.
We later ventured to St. Mark’s Bell Tower (campanile) too for some great aerial views of Venice. I still have a copy of the ticket for this in my photo album. It was soo much cheaper to travel in Europe before the Euro. I’m glad I was able to travel so much in my early 20’s!!!
Above are a few more photos from my time exploring Venice.
Our tour also included a stop to Murano where the make glass. It was nice to visit the glass-blowing workshop and see how all the beautiful jewelry is made.
I enjoyed walking around the city up and down the stairs connecting the canals. At the end of our two days in this city I was exhausted!! Venice was great Italian city to start off in as my tour crossed Italy. After this experience I could not wait to see the cities of Florence, Rome and Pompeii as we traveled by bus through the country.
I have been extremely lucky to visit Venice two times since this AESU tour. I look forward to returning with Max and the kids hopefully on our next trip to Italy!!
Chilling out in the hotel after a long day of walking