Not even the infamous ‘Acqua Alta’ could dampen Felicity Cobb’s enthusiasm for rambling through Venice in the footsteps of artists, authors and poets.
This Ramblers’ holiday was excellent and the whole week a wonderful experience.The group was friendly and fun! Our hotel was extremely comfortable and friendly, and ideally placed next to the Grand Canal, which meant that we had close access to the railway station, the pick-up points for the vaporetti, the many restaurants and, of course, the many churches and museums that abound in the city.
A new church could be encountered on every corner! The calles (paths) were easy to walk on and in the city it was easy to think we were following in the path of John Ruskin, Henry James and Robert Browning, as well as Inspector Brunetti, the hero of the Donna Leon detective novels, based here. We visited the major sites of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace, the Academia, and other less famous scuole and museums.
Fascinating trips were taken to the principal islands of Murano, (glass making), Burano and Torcello, and to the Veneto, the area leading out of Venice.
We climbed up the 900-foot Euganean Hills, followed by Padua, where a timed ticket took us into the Scrovegni chapel, the birthplace of western art.
The week’s tour included a ticket for the vaporetti – a most welcome addition, enabling us to range far and wide on our free day.
Our leader, Peter, showed infinite resourcefulness in escorting us round Venice, in spite of the many problems caused by Acqua Alta! It rained quite consistently, as is common in November, and because we came at a time of full moon and therefore high tide, we were party to seeing how well the Venetians deal with the problem of flooding. In spite of the flooding, and maybe because of it, we had a wonderful time, and all agreed it to be a truly memorable experience.
Thank you, Peter, for your infinite patience in giving us all a truly BRILLIANT holiday!!