Venice in the Rain

Rio (a small canal) in Venice, Italy. Photo by Diana Dinverno Given a choice while travelling, I might order a string of sunny, 70-degree days. In December, I would request a dusting of snow as long as it didn't disrupt transportation arrangements. If I had access to a weather menu, however, I would have missed the beauty of Venice in the rain. On a trip to the city in early October, showers let up long enough to allow dry passage from the train station to the vaporetto stop, where we boarded a waterbus. We purchased a three-day pass, giving us unlimited access to hop from one area of the city to the next. Protected from the elements, we motored down the Grand Canal, lined with heart-thumpin

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