We didn’t make it to Venice (Venizia) on last year’s trip to Italy. But we made it our first stop this year.
After a nine-hour flight from Washington to Rome and another hour to Venice, plus a six-hour time change, my companion and I were exhausted when we reached Venice. We have two full days of sightseeing here, so we initially thought we’d take it easy on Saturday.
But when singing gondoliers awakened us from a nap, my traveling companion was refreshed and inspired enough to set out in search of an available gondola.
As we approached bridge near our hotel, a man named Max asked “gondola?” and 80 euros later, we were sitting in the middle of his boat as Max steered the narrow canals of Venizia.
My companion and I enjoyed the charming 1979 movie “A Little Romance,” where Sir Laurence Olivier takes young lovers Diane Lane and Thelonious Bernard on a trip from Paris to Venice, culminating in their kiss as they float under the Bridge of Sighs in a gondola. My companion asked Max if he’d take us under the Bridge of Sighs. We kissed.