Trieste Grand Canal, Italy
Italy with Gate1 Travel – Trieste
Our 15 day tour with Gate1 Travel finished in Italy. The Italy visited started with a bus ride from Bled in Slovenia to Trieste in Italy. Our time in Trieste was quite short. We started from the Piazza Unità d’Italia, which includes Pitteri Palace and the Governor’s Palace. Next we walked through the classic architecture of the pedestrian only streets past the Piazza della Borsa and the roman amphitheater to the very small Grand Canal of Trieste. At the Grand Canal we were drawn to the intricate exterior of the Saint Spyridon Church. Then it was time to head to Miramare Caste.
Miramare Castle, Trieste, Italy
Italy with Gate1 Travel – Miramare Castle
The ride from the Trieste Main Square to Miramare Castle took only a few minutes. The castle looks back toward Trieste from a small point of land on the Gulf of Trieste. You could see the Dolomites in the distance. Miramare Castle was home to the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. The rooms are filled with ornate furniture, art and knick knacks from around the world. The gardens are extensive, but not professionally maintained. After the Miramare Castle visit, we continued on to Venice.
San Giorgio Maggiore Church, Venice
Italy with Gate1 Travel – Venice Bauer Palladio
Our bus ride ended at the main bus terminal on the island of Venice. Our group then took a chartered water taxi through the Giudecca Canal to the Bauer Palladio Hotel on the island of Giudecca. The Bauer Palladio Hotel was recently developed in the buildings adjoining the Church of St Mary. The Bauer Palladio was a great choice. Few tourists visit Giudecca. The views and the small restaurants face St Mark’s across the Giudecca Canal. A free hotel shuttle delivers you to St Mark’s Square when you are ready to join the tourist crowds.
Viki and Tim, Grand Canal, Venice
Venice – Grand Canal Tour
After a pleasant dinner beside the Giudecca Canal, the water taxis arrived for our Grand Canal Tour. Each boat held about 6 members of our tour group. The water taxis are called vaporettos. The ceiling in these boats are so low that your head almost hits the roof top when you are sitting. We crossed Giudecca Canal to the entrance of the Grand Canal. Then our driver had us slide the roof tops so that we all could stand in the open to enjoy the view.
The Grand Canal Tour experience was amazing. We followed the Grand Canal all the way under the Rialto Bridge and up to the main train station. Along the way were amazing views of apartments, hotels, casinos, museums and churches all hugging the edge of the Grand Canal. After the main train station, the vaporetto water taxi entered very narrow canals that felt a lot like Amsterdam. Eventually we exited the narrow canals on to the Giudecca Canal where we returned to the Bauer Palladio. Don’t miss out on the chance to do a Grand Canal Tour of Venice!
Murano Island, Italy
Venice – Murano Island Glass Factory
The next morning a water taxi took all 40 members of our Gate 1 Travel Group from the Bauer Palladio Hotel to Murano Island. On Murano Island, we visited one of the famous Murano Glass factories. A glass blower created a beautiful piece right before our eyes. In the display room, my good friend surprised everyone, including his wife, by purchasing an expensive decanter and wine glasses. Murano Glass is always shipped to your home by the factory. After the pleasant tour, we had a short amount of time to wander the canals on the island of Murano
Santa Maria della Salute and St Mark’s, Venice
Italy with Gate1 Travel – Venice on our Own
After the Murano Glass experience, the water taxi took us to St Mark’s Square. Our Gate1 Travel tour included St Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace, but we’d seen these before, so we left the organized tour to wander Venice on our own. A preloaded map on a cell phone is all you need to wander Venice without getting lost and without paying data fees to a cell phone company.