On our 4th day in Italy, we took a train to Venice. It was on-and-off rain, but it was still a great day. We started with a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal that runs through the middle of the island. The city is old and beautiful, and a ride through the canal is only 7 Euro each. It lasts an hour and passes many of the top sites. We traveled to Lido for food (see review of Bio Sound System Vegetarian and Vegan Café).
The city is beautiful, but one day is enough to see the town. The place is overrun by American and Chinese tour groups, so a quick trip was plenty. Walking through the tight alleys where our small umbrella couldn’t even fit and tight corners and alleys that ended in a drop off into the water were the highlights. The town is confusing to navigate through so GPS was extremely handy because we took many circular routes. Rather than taking a gondola ride or getting smothered to death at San Marco by loud, old, slow tour groups or young kids with selfie sticks, try taking a simple walk to see that Italy kitty or wine glasses to-go for .50 euro!