No trip to Venice would be complete without a Gondola ride.
The beautiful sunshine and blue skies made it even better.
We went to see the Rialto Bridge, it's the oldest and largest bridge across the Grand Canal and lined with shops.
We didn't buy anything there but did take in the lovely view.
Ok, now onto the stairs. We stayed on the top floor of a really cool hotel that used to be a palace. However, there were 74, yes 74 steps to our room and we are sure, because we counted multiple times – it was brutal after a day of walking. Here are the girls on the first flight.
And the second. It looks the same as the first but trust me it's different - note the window on the landing.
Then the third – the top of this one was where we often stopped for a little breather. And by "we" I mean Chris and I, the girls ran all the way up everytime.
Then onto the fourth and into the apartment. Not sure why I felt the need to preserve this in pictures because I’m pretty sure my legs will never forget. I did it mostly to show my Mom because we thought the 63 steps up to our Amsterdam apartment was bad, so I couldn't wait to tell her about this.
Once up there it was worth it. You stepped right up into a huge room with a bedroom area to the right and a sitting area to the left.
The girls room was separate and had a really cool play area.
It also had a great view! There were better windows to look out of but they had screens on them. Yes, we finally found some screens in Europe! Probably because they get massive mosquitoes certain times of the year.
Oh, also on the way down the stairs I snapped a picture of our door. Here are the girls pretending to be caged animals. I love staying in places like this, they just add to the adventure of it all.
All good things must come to an end and after a handful of lovely days, it was time to leave Venice.
However, our Italian adventure was not quite over. We went on to spend a night and a day in Milan, then one last night in nauseating “Flower Suite” in Bologna and home.