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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 » Murano March 4th 2021 A visit to Murano, Venice The island is rich with culture and tradition and was once used as a refuge for Venetian glass-makers, who were forced by governmental officials to leave the city of Venice in the 1291 and establish their furnaces on Murano. The island consists of 7 individual islands linked together by beautiful bridges, the whole island actually measures a mere 1 mile. It’s artisan glassmaking history goes back centuries, and to this day Murano glass is revered the world over. Today we were invited by the owner of Berengo Studio to take a tour and see contemporary glass works being created. Berengo Studio was founded in 1989 by Adriano Berengo, who set out to forge a new path for art made with glass by testing the boundaries of contemporary glass-making with his ... 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 November 16th 2019

Have you ever considered giving a surprise holiday as a present? It’s a great idea for a gift, it could be the perfect stocking filler for a Christmas morn. For me, and I think most people, the thought of heading off into the unknown is exciting. This blog tells you what it’s like to be on the receiving end and maybe you’ll plan a surprise holiday of your own. Actually, this is my second time on a Magical Mystery Tour as my wife, Anne, took me to Malaga for a present a couple of years ago. She’s a keeper! The week before my birthday in July she sent me a little video clip on Facebook. It was a message announcing that I was off on a trip for four nights. The only clues I had were ... read more
Verona Arena
The Combatants

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 » Padua October 11th 2019

Welcome to Blog number 4 for all my friends and family that have not been following my more frequent Facebook posts. My apologies for not blogging earlier but the last couple of weeks have been hectic. We left the Cinque Terre and made it to Lake Como after being sent on yet another couple of Google Maps adventures. We keep arguing whether it’s the maps in the wrong or the navigator. Personally I think having a driver who has tunnel vision and no spatial awareness could possibly be most of the problem. Noel will beg to differ. First stop was at the Monza race track. I had arranged to go on a tour of the track the next day but we decided to call in on the way through to Onno so that we wouldn’t have ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Lazise October 11th 2019

"How lucky we are that surrounded by all this joy we sing inside our own little boat" Kabir Given that we are on a lake and a beautiful one at that this seems somewhat appropriate. There are little boats on the lake . There are large ones too. If you are going to end up somewhere then Lake Garda is not a bad place to end up. All life goes on here . At the bottom of the lake the first place we visited in Suzy in 2012 - Peschiera with its marina and its larger than life campsites Bella Italia and Butterfly where Italians love to socialise and live cheek by jowl. A good train service to take you out for a bit of culture . Bardolino - excellent town with smaller more intimate campsites. ... read more
Busy Lizzies on the way in
Yes the Venetians were here
The marina

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