On the second day in Venice we left home early in the morning, then took a ferry to San Marco to catch the opening hours of the museums. There was still a very long queue. The first place we visited was Palazzo Ducale. It is a gothic palace (built between 1309-1424) which was the residence of the doge of Venice. The palace was also used as a political institution of the Republic of Venice until 1797. In those years the court and some prisons were also here. It is possible to see the prison cells on the bottom floor today. We loved the huge halls and the ceilings. The palace had an extremely beautiful view from each floor.
After San Marco and the museums we took a ferry to Murano. This island is at 1.5 km north of Venice and a big center for glassmaking. Murano glasses are being imported to many countries all around the world. The story of how Murano became glassmaker’s island is very interesting. They were exiled to this island from Venice in 1291, due to the fear of possible fires in the city. After this the island became popular with glassmaking, instead of fishing and salt production.
We checked out a few glass factory and many shops that sell the glasses they produce. We took a nice walk by the canal, but today was even warmer than yesterday, so it was really hard to keep going. We kept walking under shade and drank lots of water.
On the way back we got off at a small island at the south of Venice, called La Guidecca. The view of Venice was amazing in here. This island was not very touristy; it was mostly houses and locals around. This island was really nice to stay away from the crowd in Venice, but at the same time very well located to enjoy the amazing view of Venice.
Before it got dark, we took a ferry back to Venice. There were some parts of the city we haven’t been, so we took a walk in those areas. I really enjoyed this part of the town perhaps because it was not very crowded, or perhaps because the sun was setting and it was not too hot anymore.
We sat down on a nice bridge and watched the sunset. It was like a movie scene to me, I would never imagine such a wonderful view could be real! We ended the evening by drinking cocktails at one of the small squares. I was already in love with Venice!