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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice March 17th 2021

http:// 16th March Cannaregio Starting from the mysterious church of illuminati we will move further north and discover the house of Tintoretto, learn the legend of the four moors and that of the statue of Mary of the Orchard and cross a bridge that's unique in a town that has almost four hundred bridges. The Cannaregio canal is one of the most important waterways in Venice. It connects the Grand Canal with the north-western area of the Cannaregio district, between the foundations of San Giobbe and the foundations of Sacca San Girolamo. We started our tour outside a church with a strange history. Venice, an ever magic and mysterious city, was already in the 18th century the centre of an influential Freemasonry fraternity, whose members also included the famous adventurer Giacomo Casanova. Here, the Freemasonry ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice February 26th 2021 26th February - Gondola Ride Along The Grand Canal with Igor Well this was going to be fun a virtual trip on a gondola along the Grand Canal in Venice. A few years back we took a gondola ride with some friends and that was a fantastic experience but today with the canal so quiet it felt like there was just the guide, the gondolier and me in the gondola. Gondolas are far from a recent invention. Custom-made for the shallow waters of the Venetian lagoon, they were in use as far back as the 11th century – possibly further back than that, but the first documented evidence of them comes from 1094 – and for centuries they were the main way to get around. Gondolas reached peak popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice January 31st 2021 31st January - Venice We started our tour today with Andrea outside the church that was is local church and the one he has attended since a child. The Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was built between 1236 and 1338 by the Franciscan Conventual Friars, the structure was thoroughly re-modelled in the XIV century and given its present most magnificent form of central nave, two side aisles and seven apsidal chapels after the Franciscan-Gothic style. The bell tower is the 2nd highest in Venice. Andrea showed us images on his phone of some of the interior. Titian's depiction of Mary ascending into heaven & the tomb of Antonio Canova where his heart is, literally. It is a very beautiful pyramid shaped structure, guarded by a sad, sleeping lion. We walked through the alleyways ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice January 29th 2021 29th January Venice We started our virtual tour today with Andrea in the Accademia area in the San Marco district of Venice. The Accademia Gallery located at the the foot of the Academy Bridge. In the early 18th century, while Venice was a thriving community of artists, painters were members of an artisan union and unlike other large cities there was no art academy. Its foundation was realized in December of 1766 when the Senate ordered the construction of an Academy of sculpture, painting and civil architecture, similar to those of the main cities of Italy and Europe. The history of grand Venetian art is on display at the Accademia, sadly closed at the moment due to Covid restrictions. We crossed over the Accademia Bridge but not before pausing to take in two of the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice January 20th 2021

23rd December 2020 Tokyo this morning Venice this evening. I am so enjoying these virtual trips. The Ghosts of Venice Past - Campiello del Remer, Venice, Italy Our guide tonight was Andrea, we wandered through the narrow streets of Venice with it’s 15 centuries of history. As we wandered we listened to the tales about the sinister deeds and tragic ends of the figures who once walked the streets—some of whom are believed to still wander as restless spirits. Here is just one of the tales. In the late 16th century, a nobleman called Loredan fell in love and married the Doge’s niece. He was a horribly jealous man who accused his wife of adultery. He chased her from their home with a sword, and ended up beheading her. As punishment, the Doge ordered Loredan to ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice October 30th 2019

In the morning, onto a late train, and arriving in Venice, ITALY. To get to the hotel, a water bus is taken a couple of stops. Such a unique city made up of 118 little islands, with streets of canals and passage by 400 bridges. The GPS has a terrible time. This City of Water is thought to have been the first international finance center created in the 9th Century. Today, over tourism is creating severe problems for Venice’s ecosystem, and UNESCO considered adding the city to the “In-Danger” list in 2017. One of the huge issues is cruise ships which drop off 30,000 sight seers per day. The City Council’s solution is to charge day visitors an access fee to reduce the city maintenance cost on Venice residents. This is expected to be implemented in ... read more
On the Grand Canal
Rialto Bridge

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 4th 2019

We decided that as long as we had to wait a few days for the part we ordered for our autopilot to arrive we would take advantage of the time and take a few days away from the boatyard in Brindisi. Our goal for quite some time has been to visit Venice and arrive by boat, but as exciting as that sounds we have been rethinking that. With getting a later start this season, having a couple of problems with the boat that needed fixing which had us stopping here in Brindisi and finally with looking at the winds that seem to be coming out of the north pretty constantly lately we figured going to Venice by train was not a bad alternative. It also would take the pressure off of trying to get that far ... read more
Traveled Through Some of the Agricultural Areas
One of the Hilltop Villages Seen From the Train
Balconies & Plantings Add To The Scenery In Venice

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice July 1st 2019

Now that the cruse ships have sailed away, it's time to explore Venice in a little more depth. After a quick breakfast in the hotel, where we were pleasantly surprised that the eggs were almost cooked, and the bacon was almost crisp, we were ready to head off on a walking tour of Venice. In all fairness to the hotels, evidently eggs and bacon are an American thing, and not really a mainland Europe breakfast. All of the hotels have had scrambled eggs, though they mostly are pretty runny. And the bacon is always undercooked. Anna promised that if we visited Britain, we would be able to get "proper" bacon. The other odd thing, is that with all the wonderful sausage we have seen, breakfast sausage is always hot dogs, regular old American style hot dogs, ... read more
Hidden Venice - At the Compo
Hidden Venice - The Cistern
Hidden Venice - Garbage Boat

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice June 30th 2019

This morning we said arrivederci to both the Dolomite Mountains of Cortina, and our faithful driver Pancrazio. Once we reach the outskirts of Venice, we will have no more need of the motorcoach since travel around Venice will be by boat. We really enjoyed the hotel in Cortina, even though it wasn't air conditioned, it was a kind of old world charming. Some of the other passengers complained about the noise, but it didn't bother us at all. We just opened all the windows when we first got back from dinner and cooled the room right down, then we closed them up tight as we went to bed to block the noise. We were both so tired we probably could have slept through anything. After a quick breakfast, we headed off to the bus at 9:00. ... read more
Glassblowing - Demonstation of the Vase
Glassblowing - Demonstation of the Dancing Horse
Burano -Colorful Houses

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 27th 2019

The rain arrived but didn't dampen our enjoyment of Venice. Today we enjoyed indoor adventures. Rather close to our "flat" was the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari - a church built by the Franciscan and dedicated in 1492! It is still a church but contains many of Venice's most famous works of art. Went early and almost had it to ourselves. Besides the paintings and sculptures there were some amazing carved pieces and even a 16th century clockworks. Couldn't leave Italy without having pizza - it was complemented with grilled sardines and onions soaked in olive oil and deep fried zucchini blossoms. Ben will appreciate someone else who has eaten in this restaurant. Did some exploring in the rain looking for bookstores and bakeries. Also did some house keeping and laundry as we prepare ... read more
Carved clock face
Clock face detail

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