May 28, 2007
Jun 12, 2007
We exited Bolzano headed south, and when we arrived at Rovereto, a town along the autostrade, I adventurously and very uncharacteristically decided to turn east south east towards our next destination, Venice. It looked like a good road through the mountains until we arrived at the town of Schio, and then southeast to Venice. This road for the next 2 hours was winding, with shear drops, and spectacular views, which I didn't see much of because I was riveted to the steering wheel. Halfway along this road, we stopped for some cokes to relieve the nausea that had come upon us at a small bar with strange toilets. The road was paved and all that, but for a guy like me, ie nervous all the time, it was quite a daring trip. We eventually arrived at Venice where we parked our car for 2 nights at Tronchetto, a secondary lot to Piazzale Roma, which I anticipated that at that time of the year would be packed with cars. Then the varporetto to Accademia, where we checked into our favorite hotel in Venice and one of my favorites in Italy, Pensione Accademia. We then walked to the hotel where friends of mine, Mark and Kathy, would be staying. I had helped Kathy plan their first trip to Italy, a 2 week journey which they started in Sorrento and worked their way north to Venice, via Siena, Florence, and Cinque Terre. When they arrived we took them on a tour of Venice staring with the Tratorria Foscarini right on the Accademia dockside, crossing the famous bridge, and then to Piazza San Marco, where Mark insisted the piazza was named after him ! We took a great video right in the piazza, and went inside the church. Back at the hotel, we sta in the garden for a while and then dinner at Taverna San Trovaso.