"a different Italian city"
Venice is not your casual Italian city. It really differs in quite many ways.
First of all and obviousmost is its unique location and bond to the sea. Being long a undependent city state Venice had gathered great richeness and glorious status through an imported hero Marco Polo, which still today reflects on its reputation through out the world.
So it is understandable that the Venetian version of Italian (dialect) differs to some extent from the main Italian not only in vocabulary but pronunciation as well.
Of course the lack of real streets has an effect on the audible perception of the city: you won't be bothered by both cars and their noise. You will appreciate this fact.
And an absolute advantage is the peace minded Venetian who has not the same aggressive and arrogant behavioural pattern of ie a Roman (again, I am slightly exaggerating and generalising). But you will certainly have made similar observations...
although I am no scholar of architecture I still am interested in this subject, so you will excuse my (possibly) occasional (mis)interpretations.
But as I larned back in grammar school gothic windows will usual have a pointy arch, where as roma style is more or less round. Therefore I guess that a great part of the windows in Venice are of Gothic origin (in style). But I am wondering that there is little evindence of the influence of Renaissance, (?). It seems as if there is an abundance in Gothic architecture.
Anyways the buildongs seems to be quite uniform in style, I guess that is the point I am trying to make...
"Bridge of sighs"
from the level beneath the bridge.
This dungeonish jail building gives me really the creeps. No place for pleasurfull chil-out.
"dogs and cats"
I didn't encounter any "wild" street dogs or cats - all had collars, looked well fed and content.
I think this particular dog had some serious problems with its waist, for it had its legs spread out to either side in this ver position. To me this does not look too healthy.
well, I guess this is feature most of the Mediterranean countries share: colourfully painted houses. And when I say colourful I mean strong and thick colours, no pastel and bleached-pale colours.
Especially red and blue would strike my eyes most - like on the picture.
BTW - can anyone confirm my vague feeling that the window style has its origins in the Ottoman / Arabic culture?
this is a neat door I found just opposite to my dwellings: hostel Casa Linger.
Skilful smith's work: polished iron, with lots of interesting details, but most striking is the eye inside a sun.
Rather creepy actually, but really nice.
I guess so, or if you go the cash (pea nuts) to spend on this luxury, sure go ahead - tell me how it was.
Can all the gondolieri sing? A myth? Can they actually shut up, when needed, when you want to enjoy your romantic trip?
hmmmm, maybe I am just jealous I couldn't afford it, or would rather spend the money on quality wine...
"Vivaldi in Venice"
High culture in Venice
Just close to bridge over to Accademia is the chiesa S Stefano where Vivaldi's 4 seasons were performed. I was pleased by the concert, indeed. Very good string work an fabulous first violins.
Classical music really suits this city!
All in all, Venice is a visit worth, for sure. It just depends on what you make of it, and maybe your limited financial resources, for expensive it can get.