More about Ai Tre Ponti
That's one of the nice things about travel, meeting people from other countries who have vastly different backgrounds to yourself.
It seemed every night we ate in Positano we met a new American couple whom we sat down and ate with.
One was a restorer of frescoes and churches and his wife a psychologist, another had a new type of digital camera that allows you to use all your 35mm lenses with it.
In Chianti we stayed at Poggio Asciuto and, on our second day, a German couple arrived whom we befriended and we ended up spending the day together in San Gimignano. Meeting Walther and Marianna was one of the nice things on our holiday. We have since corresponded and, if things work out as planned, will meet again sometime in the future.
Another plus was that their car was an Audi and it had the tracking system that tells you where to go when you're in European cities. Oh, that I had one for all of Italy! Think of the times I wouldn't have been lost.
I visited this church after looking around the Christmas markets in the Campo Santa Stefano.
Considered to be one of the finest examples of Venetian high Gothic architecture.
It also has a violent past! - a number of murders in the buildings history, led to the church being re- consecrated at least 6 times!
It is also the only church in Venice built directly over a canal! (outside, stand on the first bridge in the Calle that leads to San Marco and you can apparently see water passing under the apse - I forgot to, and it was dark so I probably wouldn't have seen much.
The church was founded in 1294 by Augustinian hermits from Sant'Anna di Castello, and was completed in1325, with further work in the early 15th century expanding the chancel over the rio del Santissimo
The campanile has a visible tilt, which is best viewed from nearby Campo Sant' Angelo or Campo San Maurizio.
The Grand doorway is the work of Bartolomeo Bon - Gothic archway and side ponnacles, decorated with stone ropework, leaves and vegetation are one of Santo Stefanos features.
Entering the church, you'll see its ship's keel roof. This is in 5 lobes, intended to resemble wind filled sails. It appears to be supported by rows of red Veronese and white Greek marble pillars, (which separate the nave and aisles)These are alternated longitudinally and crosswise, each having a different painted capital.
The keel is painted and richly decorated with rosettes and carved tie beams.
Light enters the upper nave, through lunette windows
The pillars are often decorated with rich brocades (they weren't at my visit) a reminder of Venices Byzantine past.
The churches altars date from the first half of the 18th century, but the main altar and chancel are early 17th Century. The main altar is a masterpiece of Venetian Baroque.
The stunning floor is formed from diamond patterned red and white brickwork. (The same pattern as can be seen in the Ducal Palace)
In the centre of the nave floor, cordoned off by rope (pic 3 and 5) is a bronze plaque. This is the site of the tomb of Francesco Morosini - (Doge between 1688-94) He was responsible for blowing up Athens' Parthenon and for looting the stone lions that can be seen in front of the Arsenale gates. Morosini lived in Palazzo Morosini Campo Santo Stefano No 2802.
Also buried in the church is another Doge (Andrea Contarini, who died in 1382)- his tomb is in the cloister, which are now government offices.
The composer Gabrieli is also buried in Santo Stefano.
By the door, to the left, is the Tomb of Giacomo Surian - a physician from Rimini -an equestrian statue, with skulls garlands and griffons decorating the tomb.
In 1630, the Plague caused the deaths of many hundreds of Venetians. They were buried in trenches in the graveyard of Santo Stefano (now known as Campiello Nuova - opposite the church facade, follow Calle del Pestrin). This area was considered so dangerous, due to the volume of corpses, and further risk of disease, that it was 'off limits' for 200 years
Santo Stefano has many fine works of Art on display in the Sacristy.
Four pieces by Jacopo Robusto -Who's better known as Tintoretto
Resurrection (circa 1565)
The Last Supper -
The Washing of the Feet
Christ praying in the Olive Grove
These 3 dating from 1579 -1580. I was quite drawn to these, especially The Last Supper. I wish that I understood art more. I know what appeals to me, though I can't always recognise why.
Apparently, "these are all typical of Tintorettos highly theatrical late style - note the lack of a central balance and astonishing perspective, They are all illuminated by brilliant shafts of light against dark and brooding backgrounds"
"They reveal Tintorettos passion for grandiose, showy, restless composition and for the bold foreshortening of figures within architectural scenes"
Sculptures by Pietro Lombardo and Giovanni Faliers tombstone, by Antonio Canova are in a cloister adjacent to the smaller Sacristy that displays liturgical objects and holy jewellery, from different origins and eras.
CHORUS PASS £8 (single visit 2.50 euros)- though at my visit (evening Dec 23rd) it was free entrance.
Sun 13 -1700
Closed Sundays in July and August, Easter and 15th August
Guided tours by Chorus (tel 0412750462)
Info sheets/audioguides Italian, English, French and German
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Is this Italy's friendliest B&B?
It's a multi-storeyed place and the guests are on the third floor (no lifts) and share a common, but well stocked, kitchen. Here, at last, was a place I could have a decent cup of tea and some biscuits and possibly meet some other travellers. My hostess, Monica, comes from a Swedish background. Nothing is too much trouble, she offers me every kindness. Her husband is just as nice but has a day job so isn't as involved in the running of the B&B.
By the time I leave I'm stocked up with all kinds of maps, magazines and brochures.
Fabulous Bed and Breakfast in Montalcino
Our accommodations in Montalcino was Palazzio Cerisa Bed and Breakfast. It is a fabulous place. We had a room with a balcony from which this photo was taken. The B&B is located in the center of the historical district.
All rooms differ, but all have antique furniture, hand-painted trim on the walls, terrific modern bathrooms, and real flowers in the vase next to the bed. Every detail is perfect.
Our room had unusual and varied wall hangings, unusual petal lamps on antique tables, and French doors with lovely window panes which lead out to the balacony.
Guests have a choice of American or Italian breakfast, ordered when you arrive. Speaking of breakfast; it was remarkable...fresh homemade chestnut marmalade, eggs of choice, fresh breads, just-squeezed juices, and steaming coffee or cappuccino.
Soothing classical music plays in the background, and great conversation abounds at the table with Roberto and Lucilla, the owners. They were will educated, interesting, and quite hospitable. The wonderful owners who go out of their way to make their guests feel welcome and comfortable is the most outstanding quality of the Palazzio Cerisa.
The custom-made breakfast and the opportunity to have a custom-made dinner if ordered ahead is quite unique.
This B&B was once a 13th-century palace; this elegant residence has an interesting history, which owner Roberto is happy to share.
May I quote here from my email at the time:
"Salvatore waited at the gate. Who knows how long he had tarried, his patience finally rewarded by the arrival of his two guests.
Yet we knew for how long, for we had travelled on back roads, main roads and even an autostrada just looking for the place that surely was less than 3 kms from the centre of town.
Past churches, ancient towers and even a university; we had even climbed through a forest towards the mountains and yet, as it transpired, this was indeed where the turn off was, the middle of the forest of mature pine trees.
After seeking a local's advice and showing him our map, for no-one else had heard of Villa Fortezza, we discerned that we were less than 4oo metres from said turn.
With frayed nerves we ascende through the trees amd, within moments of our arrival, all thoughts of dismay were banished from our minds; for here in isolated splendour was the villa of our dreams.
Panoramic views over the town and beyond to the surrounding hills brought smiles to our faces as the evening lights glistened in the cool autumn air.
Two long mosquito nets gathered near the top and made narrow hung from the trees lit by blue and red lights.
Salvatore ushered us into his villa and our smiles became wider with wonder as we gaped at this architectural feast of 100 fish shapes hanging beneath his staircase, of artistic sculptures (by his girlfriend who was responsible for the decor), ultra modern furniture, picture windows that slide into the walls and artifacts beyound count. Did I mention how artistic it was? You could seriously walk into this home 100 times and still note something new on each occasion. There is so much modern art it beggars description. The word "plethora" seems inadequate and so much is indescribable but nonetheless impressive.
Next morning in the garden we note the 25 assorted candles on a tree stump, the indians paddling a canoe when the wind blows a weather vane, the two crushed metal cubes (one with a candleabra prominent), the garish rock and other tree stump on which are painted people's faces and the ancient tower next door, once a part of the fort (fortezza).
Indeed, while we partake of a seemingly endless breakfast with the sun's warming rays streaming through yet another picture window and, who else but Edith Piaf providing a musical background, we realise this is not a B&B - NON - it is an experience; one we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
Boat at background
Salute in the Background
The Basilica in the background
Mark with Mt Vesuvius in the background
STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES in EUROPE
I am writing a series of articles on the study abroad experience, focusing on what students have gotten out of it as well as the institutions they attended. As well, focusing on how it has become a huge money maker.
I would be interested in hearing from fellow VT'ers that have studied abroad.
Thanks for any and all input!
Re: STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES in EUROPE
I did. Spent 2 years in Budapest. It was interesting experience and a good time as a whole.
Re: Re: STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES in EUROPE
Half a year in spain. Very very noce experiences. Guess the place where i studied had a lot to do with that. There must be worse places then Mallorca to study :-)
RE: STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES in EUROPE
I did a year in France and it was an unbelievable experience for me. I'm from Asia so everything was always something interesting for me - from the food, to the language, to the train systems, to the fork knife vs spoon fork, to the weather. I went to France knowing the basics of the language - buying a train tickets & ordering coffe, to being able to make conversation. I'm from Manila, a big city, and I studied in LR/Yon which was a really little city. I've lived and studied among people from different backgrounds and beliefs in Manila, and in france iwas in a very traditional Catholic school. It was fun, i learned so many things about myself and others, I learned what conviction means...
And the whole experience gave me a chance to travel through Euro... my favorite places in Euro have to be Andalucia and the Pyrennées.
corrency in bulgaria
what is the corrency in bulgaria
Currency in bulgaria
It's the Bulgarian lev. BGL.
You can find this information on the VirtualTourist Travel Guide page for the country, in this case Bulgaria, here:
Click on the link just below the map, "Background Information".
Hope this helps,
Let's meet in Venice
That title has a nice ring to it!..OK, I'm a Canadian, passionate about Venice. My background is in teaching/French & design (fashion & interiors). I would like to ravel in Fall '05 & meet other mature like-minded people there or elsewhere in Europe and perhaps make our way to Venice & spend a week or so exploring this glorious city. The architecture & the art fascinates me & I'm convinced that some local guides could help find the Venice beyond the tourists'version. My friends have no interest in travelling to Italy. Hope some of you out there share my passion. I look forward to hearing from you.
RE: Let's meet in Venice
You can go to Meeting&Events and signup for a meeting and while people search they will signup to meet you,then you start to contact each other.
hope that helps