We arrived to Piazza San Marco with it's raspberry swirl Doge's Palace, ornate basilica, and towering campanille. After a quick panini lunch, we wandered through the inside of the basilica, gawking at the glorious gold mosaics.
We returned to Venice the next day to peruse just a little more. We visited the Frari Church in the San Polo district. Titian's The Assumption of Mary at the alter is one of my favorites. I especially enjoy how the choir frames it when you stand by his tomb.
We visited the Rialto again and stood at the top, taking in all the activity below. It was entertaining to watch how all the boats navigated around each other. There was a full range of sizes- tiny gondolas, mid-size water taxis, and large vaporetti. Somehow they made it all work while seeming effortless.
We ended the evening with dinner at Zairo in Padua. It was a lovely ristorante with delcious food and the perfect Italian sendoff.