Today's blog post is about our last day in Florence and our first day in Venice. Both cities were quite cold and there was a light drizzle when we got to Venice.
Day 5 - Wednesday
After packing up having had another great hotel breakfast we went to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as the Cathedral of Florence or just the "duomo".
We went into the baptistry and then continued to the dome. The baptistry is beautiful but we were quite excited for the dome. I was, however, a bit apprehensive as there are a LOT of steps to climb in order to reach the top. I rested along the way and made it to the top. There were a couple of places that were very narrow or where the roof was very low, but it was a good experience all in all. From the top of the dome you can see the whole of Florence. We also went to the cathedral (the "bottom" part of the dome, if that makes sense).
After this we took another regional train to Venice. It was dark by the time we got there, so I didn't get to see Venice from afar for the first time. When we got to the train station we bought tickets for the water taxi (which were quite expensive) and I was a bit hesitant as I normally get motion sickness quite easily. I am happy to report that I was perfectly fine on the water taxis!
We had trouble finding our hotel as my phone struggled to regulate its GPS. When we got to the hotel there was a sign saying that we should go to some other hotel for check-in. That should have been our first clue that this wasn't going to be the most pleasant stay...
The hotel and the room are both quite kitsch and not really my style, but apparently Venetians like their decor to be slightly over the top. Our room was quite small, but we only planned on sleeping there, so it wasn't that big a deal. It was also incredibly hot in the room and we had to open the windows even though it was cold outside.
This was the end of day five, please check back in later for more installments.
Until next time!
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