I apologize in advance for what will surely be a long post. I feel that it's necessary in order to get help but don't want to punish the people that might actually help me! :)
Okay, for those of you who have helped me in the past...I'm hoping will still be around if I bring this thing to life. If your new...you're welcome to help too! I need it! I've been killing myself lately! I'm a very compulsive planner and have spent so much time on Rome that I am freaked over Venice! I thought I had a better handle on things.
We leave next week and I'm so worried that it's causing me a bit of confusion...and panic! Or panic...then confusion!
I'm hoping you can help me organize...and make a few suggestions on good days and orders in which to see things. (I have plugged a few things into the days...as you can see below)
I don't have to have a complete down to the minute plan but would appreciate help with groupings.(I don't have a good map of Venice..or much time)
I would also appreciate it if there are any small things you can plug into my itinerary..perhaps a church or square that we would otherwise miss.
Here's what we have on our list:
1. St. Marks Square/St. Marks Basilica/Campanile
2. Doges Palace - Secret Itineraries (already booked)
3. Bridge of Sighs (with Doges Tour)
4. Rialto Bridge & markets (see early in the day)
5. Guggenheim Museum - (wife wants to see this)
6. Frari Church
7. Scuola San Rocco
9. Ca Rezzonico
10. Santa Elena neighborhood stroll (see sunset?)
11. Visit Torcello
12. Get off beaten path by walking early to:
Dorsoduro along the docks...
See San Sebastiano, Angelo San Raffaele,San Nicolo del Mendiocoli, and San Francesco della Vigna in Castello.
13. Campo San Barnaba (not sure how I got this idea)
Here are the days that we can plug into:
Day #1 - Wednesday -
a. Arrival at lunch time May 13...buy Venice Card or Transport card with Chorus Pass and toilets. (I will do this on arrival at train station if possible)
b. Checking into Al Ponte Mocenigo.
c. ??? (perhaps take a stroll to little square near hotel...Campo Giacomo del Orio...little grocery...interesting non touristy church)
d. AND/OR ???
Day #2 - Thursday -
a. Take Vaporetto #1 for morning tour of Grande Canal
b. Then ???
Day #3 - Friday -
a. ??? (perhaps early to Rialto and markets?)
b. 10:45 - Doges Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
c. Spend day at St Marks Square/Basilica/Campanile
Day #4 - Saturday -
Day #5 - Sunday - Last -
I hope this hasn't been too confusing!
I figure to keep Friday in St. Marks area due to Secret Itineraries tour. I also know the Vaporetto #1 ride and Rialto market area need to be done early. Other things are just as business hours permit. Even how to group things would be very appreciated!