Masterly Veneziano architecture (2)
As for Gothic, Renaissance style arrived in Venezia quite late, end of 15th century. And as for Gothic, Venezia had its own interpretation of the style. The ornaments lighten up the strong symmetry without loosing the overall harmony. Pietro Lombardo was nominated architect of the republic in 1498, and he created what is known today as architettura lombardesca, his specific Renaissance, combining noble Greek, exalted Roman and bright Oriental style. His most famous building is chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a marvellous church in southern Canaregio (photo 1). These red-green round marble pieces in the façade duplicate often in other buildings (on San Michele and at the hospital’s southern entrance), so that I called it the Miracoli style. The main portal of L’Arsenale (photo 3), Ponte di Rialto and Palazzo Corner della Ca’Grande (photo 2; what is municipality today) is also belonging to this style, although the latter ones already to late Renaissance. .
The most prominent architect for Baroque was Baldassare Longhena with having built chiesa Santa Maria della Salute. This style also arrived quite late (compared to other countries) and also had to be “postponed”, as the horrible pestilence of 1630 brought building to standstill. So what could be more logical to erect Santa Maria della Salute in honour to St. Mary for having ended this desaster. Other secular buildings of Baroque style are found along Canal Grande, such as Ca’Pesaro (photo 4) and Ca’Rezzonico (photo 4).
(as Classicism is referred to in Italy) Several buildings of this style are present in Venezia as well, for example chiesa San Stae and Palazzo Grassi (the one with the strange sculptures at the waterfront; a huge skull made of cans in May 2007) and also the original opera house La Fenice, dated 1792.
And finally, Andrea Palladio must be mentioned. He lived in 16th century and is most famous for his gorgeous palazzi along Canal di Brenta - see Sandy’s page about Stra for a tour along these.
In Venezia, Palladio realised only churches, as San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore on La Giudecca.
Don't feed the Pigeons...
Feeding the pigeons in Venice is against the law, and carries a fine of 517 euro.
The exception to this law would be within the area around St. Marks Square.
I personally feel this law is 'FOR THE BIRDS'.
Comfy walking shoes are essential. Touristic Venice can be explored by water-bus but for the back streets and side canals feet are best and by the time you walked up and over hundreds of bridges, your feet will be complaining. This bridge is one of my favourites and it took me a while to find it down a little side canal. This 'Bridge with no Parapet' is only one of two such types left in Venice - the other is the Ponte del Diavolo on Tochello.