Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
By: Jessica Arnold
So far this trip has been awesome and still somewhat surreal even though we have been here five days. Today I woke up about 8 a.m. and enjoyed a nice run down on the beach with Shannon Hobson. Then we made our way to Venice. We had to take a 45 minute ride on a boat to reach Venice.
When we got there, it was beautiful. The buildings are so amazing I can’t even describe them in words. We all gathered around St. Marco’s square (Marco is the Patron Saint of Venice) and begin our two hour walking tour of Venice. We began our tour in this huge church in front of St. Marco’s square, St. Marco’s Basilica. The building structure was amazing. It took 30 years to build and 180 years to decorate. There are parts of the building that are covered in real gold and each part of gold was put on one by one, which if you saw the amount of gold on the church, it is pretty amazing.
Then we headed over to the Rialto Bridge, which on the other side of the bridge is the market, which consists of various shops. After that we were on our own to eat dinner and go shopping. We spent about a couple of hours just walking around Venice. For dinner we ate at this little place down one of the streets. Let me tell you the lasagna was amazing. It was better then anything you would find in the U.S. Then we had some Gelato, which is so much better than ice cream. Let’s say the caf?© and coconut has been my favorite so far but I’m sure there is still plenty of Gelato for me to try!
It’s amazing that the whole city is basically “floating” on water and was built on mud. They say in about 50 years the city is going to have major problems because it will start to sink. Fortunately the city is already coming up with some solutions so the city does not end up like the City of Atlantis!
Venice is the best place I have seen so far and is a million times better in real life than in any picture. The environment of the city is incredible with its narrow streets, “water taxis,” and down to its million pigeons that surround St. Marco’s square. I’m excited and looking forward to our future destinations in Italy. Ciao!!