I'll let Martha speak to the accomodations, they're quite nice.
We took the bus to Venice, a 20 minute ride with no hassles as we bought 24 Hour tourist tickets which get us unrestricted access to buses and vaporettos (water buses) in Venice.
After some wandering, we figured out how to board the right vaporetto once we left the bus station and it was somewhat smooth sailing to Saint Mark's Square. I say somewhat smooth as the transmission on the particular vaporetto we were on sounded like was about to tear itself apart every time the skipper changed directions.
Sighing with relief, we got to Saint Mark's square and found it full of people, big surprise right?
The purpose of this day was to recon the Gondola rental sites, the meetup point for tomorrow's walking tour of Venice and just have dinner in Venice. All these were accomplished I am happy to say.
Enroute to Saint Marks, late afternoon today
At Saint Mark's Square
The Bridge of Sighs
After we'd walked around Saint Mark's Cathedral, had a gelato break, and decided on gondola times; we decided on a whim to take the vaporetto to Murano. This is the island famous for glass makers.
Off we went. Trouble is, apparently the one we picked was going to Murano but via the long way around Venice first! Patrick also was having some issues with the smaller vaporetto we'd boarded and so we decided to get off early at a station on the northern end of Venice at it's narrowest point.
Enroute to Murano
Relying on the GPS app on my phone, we walked down sometimes empty streets, making our way slowly back to the crowded areas of Venice.
We had dinner at the above restaurant, it was nice and quiet in that street
More walking, some pics
We soon arrived in the vicinity of Saint Mark's square and we saw that there line to get into the tower there was pretty small. Up we went, by elevator, and we saw some really nice views of Venice from up there.
Sunset in Venice
We left the tower and wandered over to the vaporetto station that would take us to the Ponte Rialto or Rialto Bridge. It's near there that the rendezvous point was for the tour tomorrow and we wanted to make sure we'd find it. Oh, and Patrick was doing better with the boats by now, must have been just hungry.
From the Saint Mark's Vaporetto Station
Evening/Night shots from the Ponte Rialto
Scenes of night time Venice, along the Grand Canal, as we motored via vaporetto to the Bus Station.
Finally, the modern looking pedestrian bridge linking the train station to the bus parking area came to view:
We were to late to catch the last run of the 4L bus which would have taken us back to where we boarded from but the #4 bus (crammed with people) took us close enough for us to walk back to the apartment with no issue.
Full day in Venice tomorrow. I hope you liked today's pictures.