I caught the train from Florence to Venice, which was a fantastic way to travel. The trains are easy to book, fast and quite smooth to ride on (I was easily able to read my book). I was impressed by the canals in Venice, and buildings that are designed to face out towards the waterways. The canals are pretty much the main highways through the city. I booked a 24 hour ferry pass, which meant I could travel on the ferries as much as I wanted, which suited my short stay. The canals also cool the temperature of the city down which was also nice.
While I was in Venice I visited the Palazzo Ducale. The historic centre of power in Venice and traditional residence of the Doge (supreme leader) of Venice, a role first instituted in 726. The palace was sumptuously decorated. I was also interested to see the differences in artistic style compared with Florence. Symbols such as astrological signs appear, along with religious symbols, pagan symbols, symbols from greek and roman mythology - in particular Neptune, god of the sea. St Mark's lion appears prominently, as do trade ships, no doubt an important part of life for this city on the edge of the Adriatic sea.