This was my third visit to Venice - I went with Tevye before Helen was born, and we took Helen and Marie for a day trip during a holiday in Italy when they were 8 and 5. Amazing place, and one I would love to visit many more times.
We splurged and rode on a gondola. Four out of five of us loved it. The fifth, smallest member of the party was in a mood and was determinedly not impressed.
Then we headed onto the side "streets". This was the beautiful part of the ride, gliding silently along quiet, narrow canals.
When in Italy, eat ice cream.
When we left the port we sailed past the city, giving us the most magnificent panoramic view. This picture of St Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace was taken from the ship (iPhone from a distance, so not the greatest quality).