Flying in to Venice is a different experience to arriving by train. One that is equally enjoyable. We sailed through customs and met our driver, who took us to the wharf, approximately 5 minutes away, where we transferred to water taxi. Reminiscent of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, we arrived in style, big grins across both our faces.
The Molino Stucky Hilton is steeped in history. The building was originally a convent before becoming a flour mill and pasta factory, developed by one of the most famous Venician families of the 19th Century. We checked in, left our unpacking for later, and went for a walk to explore the island of Guidecca, which is where we will be based for the next week.
Originally a poor part of Venice, the mill and factory turned around the fortunes of many locals. Now, although off the beaten track, the island has some trattorias, two churches and shops - enough to support the locals, and is located across the water from Saint Marks Piazza and other major landmarks. It is actually quite nice to leave the hustle and bustle of Venice proper, to return home to an area less populated by tourists. Given the hotel runs a shuttle boat across to the main island every hour it really is the best of both worlds.
Deciding to keep things simple, we dined in the hotel restaurant, Amori. The meal was good. The perfect way to end an exciting day, with the promise of more wonderful things to come.