Wow! Coming into Venice on a cruise ship is a great way to arrive. Beautiful. The boat went down the Main Canal (not to be confused with the Grand Canal). We sailed right by Piazza San Marco and the twin columns, Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Amazing.
They are looking at our giant ship and we are looking back at them
So what did we do on our first day in Venice? Why leave town of course. We took a bus tour into the Veneto region to visit the hometown of Andrea Palladio, the famous architect and to see some of his work. We visited the town of Vicenzo which is over 2,500 years old and contains many works by Palladio most notably his Teatro Olimpico and La Rotunda which is perhaps his most famous villa. The Teatro Olimpico is in remarkable condition considering it was made of mostly wood some four hundred and fifty years ago. Our tour guide was informative, spoke English well and did not overload us with details. She even acknowledged that we might be hot (it was ninety five degrees today) and tired (after four hours of touring).
The town of Vicenzo has a lot of impressive architecture in various styles, not just Palladian. There is also some decent shopping (mostly closed today) and cafes (mostly open). R and I had another great day and we were glad that we had planned a tour rather than fighting the crowds and the heat, trying to see more of Venice than is comfortably possible in just two half days. Tomorrow we will be more ambitious but as for today a slow but scenic arrival combined with Palladio and Vicenzo was just perfect.