There was torrential rain and a brief thunderstorm during the drive from Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Venice (Italy), but by the time I arrived at the Ca’Nova Hotel in Marghera, the rain had stopped. I checked in and by 3.00pm, I was on the bus to Venice. The 10km ride takes about 15 minutes and the bus stops very close to the hotel, so it is very convenient.
When I got off the bus, I had no idea how Venice was laid out so, for the first half-hour I just wandered around the streets and canals. Then I bought a tourist map and a ticket for Water Bus #2 to take me to San Marco. After studying the map during the boat ride, I began to get an idea of the layout.
Having walked along the waterfront to Arsenale, I stopped for drinks and dinner at the San Giorgio Ristorante. A couple of cold draught beers followed by tuna tartare and tagliatelle with shrimp and asparagus, washed down with a glass of merlot. Lovely!
After dinner, I walked from San Marco to Rialto, where I boarded the #2 water bus back to the bus station.
By 8.00pm, I was back on the bus to Marghera. In just under five hours, I got an initial feel for Venice and will be back tomorrow, better prepared to see more of the sights.