Our plane route from Paris to Venice took us over the majestic Swiss Alps.
The (ATVO) bus ride to Piazzale Roma on the island of Venice from Marco Polo airport was about 20 minutes.
Hotel Arecchino was literally a two minute walk from Piazzale Roma, which was super convenient because of our heavy suitcases. We only had to cross one little bridge to get to the hotel.
Room #809 was HUGE in comparison to many hotel rooms we’ve encountered in much of Europe. There was also a sofa in the room and a decent sized bathroom.
We paid a little extra to stay in a room overlooking the canal.
We found a café right next door to the hotel called Grecia & Oriente. It was along a canal, providing us with a great breeze, which was nice, as Venice is marshy and can be a little humid and hot in the summer months.
Getting lost in Venice is not very hard to do; it’s like a giant maze. We had no idea where we were headed or even what we were looking for. We passed tons of cafés, gelato shops, tacky souvenir kiosks and shops.
We started along the Grand Canal and ended up walking down side alleys and other small canals. We passed through a few plazas and stopped to watch the gondolas go by through the back canals. The heat was intense.