On our first day in Italy, The Aussie and I dropped our stuff off at the hotel (which was one train stop outside of Venice, in Mestre), freshened up and proceeded to walk around Venice for 7 hours.
It was worth it.
The alleys were really narrow at some points.
Our hotel had an amazing breakfast - complete with mini nutella packets to go with my toast.
Palace of the Doges and the Secret Itineraries tour. We saw the prison of Casanova, and went into the attic of the palace. To get to the Palace, we decided to go via the Grand Canal - but not on a gondola. We did the local thing and rode a vaporetto along the canal.
Up next: Firenze!