You know you are in Venice when...
1) You will more likely get where you want to go without using a map. Our first day's plan was to get lost in Venice and and be surprised at what it had to offer at every turn. That's exactly what we did!
2) Your taxi doesn't have four wheels but a motor instead. The canals are filled with every kind of boat including the ones that take passengers up and down the Grand Canal.
3) You see men in striped shirts maneuvering their boats through the many canals. Each gondola is made of 8 types of wood and 280 component pieces, plus beech for the oar. The gondola’s ornamental prow (ferro) has six teeth, possibly representing Venice’s six administrative districts (sestieri). The over 400 gondolas in Venice are now all black.
4) The only AC in the Doge's Palace is your fan.
After walking through this palace we learned more about the history of Venice. If you imagine landing in Venice from the sea, as did those who came inland by ship, the first thing you see rising out of the water is the unmistakable shape of the Doge's Palace - the city's most famous building. It was used for three purposes - Doge residence, the seat of the government and as the palace of justice.
5) You can walk over 400 foot bridges that span 170 different canals.
6) When you are standing with some of the 50,000 tourists per day visiting the historic center. It is easy to find streets and canals in other areas like Dorsoduro, where our B & B was located, that are peaceful, quiet and with very few people.
We learned an important fact that visiting a place as a day trip doesn't give you a real taste of what it has to offer. We visited Venice a few years ago on a 40'C day and couldn't wait to go back to our apartment in Padova. After spending the past three days here, we now have a different story to tell.