|Photo op by Bridge of Sighs|
There's not much to do on Burano, I think, other than shop; marvel at the colorful, pretty buildings; eat; pop into the church; and visit the lace museum (excellent!). We did all of that and we all loved every moment! I wish we'd had more time there.
|Burano: we had lunch near here|
|Happy in cute Burano|
Our next adventure: a cicchetti tour with Alessandro (recommended by Rick Steves). Our small group included a couple of friends from NOLA (Charlie and Liz) who had arrived in Venice that day, a couple from Chicago (Nick and Liz), and a woman from Florida (Betty). We met Alessandro at the top of the Rialto bridge and all became best buds by the end of the tour, thanks to the copious amounts of wine, no doubt!
Alessandro is a native Venetian whose job is this--roaming Venice with groups of tourists, telling tales, drinking wine and eating ciccheti. Not a bad gig, in my opinion! We went to three different places and he ordered for the group. We had fresh wine, and a lot of it, and different types of cichetti. He was a bit confounded by my vegetarian/pickyness but produced some good potato and cheese dishes for me to munch on. He's a good storyteller and has lived an interesting life. I wanted to hear more about Venice and her history and how she's faring now but did enjoy this evening of drinking, munching and chatting.
|Us with Alessandro and Charlie and Liz|
|Cicchetti for the picky eater!|
After Alessandro left us, we all went back to the first bar near the Rialto bridge, and spent some time getting to know each other. The couple from Chicago, Nick and Liz, want to visit NOLA and we want to visit Chicago, so we may meet up again one day! At the end of the evening, we walked our friends toward their hotels and took the vaporetto home to our apartment.
Another fabulous day in Venice!