Hello all, Kelli here!
Unlike Luther, the University of Nottingham has a month long spring break during which students on the Nottingham program travel. On Saturday I set off for the month with my flatmates, Anna and Becca, and our friend Dan. We arrived in Venice Saturday afternoon, checked into our Airbnb, and had time to wander the canals and narrow streets before cooking dinner and heading to bed.
We woke up to the Palm Sunday bells ringing and had breakfast before heading out for the day. We spent the majority of our first full day wandering around, checking out shops, and getting lost. We made a stop for some delicious coffee before heading to Piazza San Marco. We went to the top of the Campanile di San Marco. In 1609, Galileo Galilei presented his telescope to the Doge of Venice at the Campanile, an event we learned about in Paideia our first year at Luther.
We spent our last day in Venice exploring museums. Our first stop was the Doge’s Palace where we saw beautiful artwork, the Doge’s Apartments, and the Senate Chambers. After leaving the palace we went to the Museo Correr and the Museo Archeologico where we saw beautifully decorated rooms and learned more about the city’s history. Our favorite parts were the armory and the astrological maps.
Our last major event was a gondola ride! We went out on the Grand Canal where we got a nice view of the famous Rialto Bridge. Then we headed back into some of the smaller canals. It was so quiet and peaceful on the small canals away from the crowds. It was a nice way to end our last day in Venice. We made dinner at our Airbnb, ate a ton of bread and oil, and packed up for our train journey in the morning.
I loved my time in Venice, and it’s my favorite city I’ve visited so far! The artwork, colorful houses, and tiny streets are so charming and I hope to visit again in the future! Now on to Rome!