The staff at the main post office in Venice were not particularly friendly. Not to not Italian speaking foreigners. Italy is very hot. It really is. Espresso is very good. I drank my first Aperol Spritz. Waiting at a bus station my group read aloud Wachen! Wachen! (German Guards! Guards!). Discworlds Lord Vetinari would perfectly fit in Venice which is in fact very beautiful. I wonder if Sir Terry Pratchett thought about the smell which evaporates from Venices many water canals when he thought about the river Ankh. I certainly did. Venice is very beautiful but it stinks. I remember enjoying a very good pizza with ham and ruccola looking at one of the many bridges with even more steps. A man was carrying a huge dog up and down the stairs.