Veneto Things to Do

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    View from Rialto Bridge at sunset
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Veneto Things to Do

  • Churches

    Venice Things to Do

    Santa Maria della Salute is my favoured church in Venice, more than San Marco for a very practical reason: during my last two visits to Venice the queue at San Marco was so long that I abandoned any hope of getting inside, while at the "Salute" there was no queue and I could sit quietly on the steps of the square in front of the basilica with a...

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    Verona Things to Do

    This is it, Juliet's original, absolutely genuine bed. Not from the fourteenth century, of course, but from the twentieth, when it was built and used for the love scene in Zeffirelli's film Romeo and Juliet in 1968. This film won two Oscars, for the Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Zeffirelli was also nominated for Best Director, and...

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  • Prato della Valle

    Padova Things to Do

    Walking the relatively short thirty minute walk from the train station through the narrow streets of Padova coming into the massive Prato Della Valle is quite a shock. Said to be the second largest public square in the world behind the Red Square in Europe. I certainly would not question it. However on a clear day just adjusting your eyes to the...

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  • Teatro Olimpico

    Vicenza Things to Do

    Wandering 5 minutes from the center of Vicenza you will find Teatro Olympico. In front of the Teatro is a quaint courtyard with some nice statues featured in a garden setting. This might be a nice place to rest your feet and take a few minutes to read about the history of this structure. It took 5 years to be completed, 1580-1585, and they say that...

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  • Basilica di San Marco

    Venice Things to Do

    “Facing the wide area of the great square stood the quaint and venerable cathedral of San Marco.” —from “The Bravo: a Venetian Story” 1834 by James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) The red porphyry group, known as the Tetrarchs, was carved about AD 300; it is cemented into the southeast corner of Basilica di San Marco. The four tetrarchs, Diocletian,...

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  • Arena

    Verona Things to Do

    Considering that it was built nearly two thousand years ago, the Arena di Verona is remarkably well preserved -- so well preserved that it is still used for opera performances six nights a week during the summer, and for other large events during the spring and autumn. (Bruce Springsteen performed there in October 2006, for example.) A distinctive...

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  • Basilica di San Antonio

    Padova Things to Do

    Basilica del Santo has been an important pilgrimage destination since the thirteenth century. Its construction begun in 1232 to house the tomb of saint Anthony. It was completed in 1307. This church is located on the site where since 110 there was a church. This was incorporated into the basilica and now it is one of the chapels; the Chapel of the...

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  • Palladios Villa Capra - La Rotonda

    Vicenza Things to Do

    I waited years to return, but return I did. This time Rosemarie was in tow and I was a man on a mission. Time to see Palladio's masterpiece up close and understand why it's arguably the most copied architectural work ever, certainly in the western world. We got lucky and parked almost in front of the entrance but had to wait until siesta was over...

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  • Doge's Palace

    Venice Things to Do

    On every visit of the doge's palace I was surprised by the contrast between the brightness, the clear colours and the elegance of the outside facades and the rather dark decoration from the inside of the Doges Palace. The sculptured and gilded wooden ceilings, the paintings of the masters Tintoret, Veronese, Bassano, Palma the Young and others do...

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  • Piazza delle Erbe

    Verona Things to Do

    Market Square (or the square of herbs) occupies a good part of the area of Verona’s Roman Court, where the Maximum Decuman and Maximum Cardo intersected. Through the centuries, the square has been the centre of the city’s political and economic life.

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  • Palazzo della Ragione

    Padova Things to Do

    Right in the centre of old Padova is the epic Palazzo della Ragione. It sits in between two grand squares, the Piazza Delle Erbe and the Piazza Delle Frutta. Often these piazzas fill up with market stalls, but on quiet days you will be blessed with a clear view of this grand old building. The palace was originally built in the 12th century, but...

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  • Monte Berico

    Vicenza Things to Do

    It is said Madonna appeared on this hill twice in 1426 & 1428. The first church was built as a promise to Blessed Virgin who was to have rid the city of the plague, which became a sanctuary. The basilica was designed by architect CArlo Borrello in 1688. It was a plan modeled on the Rotundsa. The Madonna was sculpted by Nicolo da Venezia in 1430....

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  • Campanile di San Marco

    Venice Things to Do

    A work of art and architecture, the bell tower of San Marco stands right in front of the church on Piazza San Marco. The "Campanile", as it is most often referred to by the Venetians, is an outstanding landmark of Venice. Standing at almost 100 meters high it is hard to miss it once at the square. Unlike the Basilica, its simple brick structure...

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  • Piazza dei Signori - Piazza Dante

    Verona Things to Do

    Palazzo dei Tribunali is another interesting building facing Piazza Dante. In the innercourt you may see 2 round areas, covered by glass, where you woll be able to look down to a lower level of the ground with foundations and a mosaique of the roman times. The Palazzo dei Tribunali dates back to the year 1365, but the only remains of that time is...

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  • Basilica di Santa Giustina

    Padova Things to Do

    The 'Basilica di Santa Giustina' was restored in the 16th century . It is a big and beautiful church. Inside this basilica you will find a wonderful work by Verones: "The Martyrdom of Santa Giustina" (1575). There are also Barroque works by Luca Giordano and Sebastiano Ricci.In the church there are two interesting altars: the 'San Luca' Altar,...

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  • Tempio di Santa Corona

    Vicenza Things to Do

    This is the look of the back side of the huge Temple of Santa Corona. This picture is taken from Via Canove Vecchie, where the very convinient parking place is situated. In case you are traveling by car, I suggest you to search for this parking place where, more or less, you can find frre parkings rather then in other locations of the city centre.

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  • Canal Grande

    Venice Things to Do

    On my last visit to Venice my perception of the Grand Canal was different from the previous visits where I had been, sitting at the bow of the vaporetto, admiring the palaces appearing one after another in my field of view. This time as I could see the Mercado-market from where I was staying and got interested in the Grand Canal as the main...

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  • The Scaligeri Tombs

    Verona Things to Do

    There is a small church, called Santa Maria Antica just about 50 meters from Piazza Dante and in front of that church you will see the Arche Scaligere,some really interesting tombs of the Scaligers, a dynasty of noble governors, who made Verona sucessful in trading and economy after the 13th century. The oldest of these various tombs dates back to...

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  • Tomb of Antenor

    Padova Things to Do

    ....supposedly! You'll find this sarcophagus in Piazza Antenore (of course), opposite the rather lovely 15th-century Palazzo Sala and the Gothic Palazzo Romanin Jacur (which carries an inscription saying that Dante hid there to escape arrest. Antenor, a Trojan prince who features in Homer's 'The Iliad', supposedly founded Padova (then called...

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  • Basilica Palladiana

    Vicenza Things to Do

    Basilica Palladiana, also known as Palazzo della Ragione, is the symbol of Vicenza. With its white Piovene stone loggias the Basilica was in fact built in two stages, although seems to be a single building. The building partially collapsed in 1496 and in 1546 the reconstruction was then attributed to Andrea Palladio, but was not completed until...

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  • Piazza San Marco

    Venice Things to Do

    This is the center piece of Venice. It is stunning, iconic and stacked high with history, art and architecture. Its delicately tiled surface is filled with as many pigeons as tourists, and they dive bomb you from the buildings that surround the square, encouraged by the idiots that feed them. I hope at the very least that feed they sell is dosed...

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  • Piazza Bra

    Verona Things to Do

    In 2006 I unfortunately didn't see the new production of Puccini's Tosca, which is too bad because it was highly praised by the critics. The staging, set design, costumes and lighting for Tosca were all by Hugo de Ana (not Zeffirelli). While other operas were being performed, they stored parts of the Tosca stage set out on Piazza Bra. (The...

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  • Bo University

    Padova Things to Do

    This impressive doorway to the Bo University is cast in Bronze, which was seized from the enemy during WW1. It was the work of G. Qrsolini and G. Casanova, which was carried out between 1922 - 1923%c. The door bears the names of the University's students who died in the war I entered through this doorway, not knowing that it was the...

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  • Basilica di Santa Maria di Monte Berico

    Vicenza Things to Do

    After visiting the Ducati dealership, we continued on our tour of Vicenza. Our next stop was to the top of Monte Berico and the Basilica di Santa Maria di Monte Berico. Built in 3 months (1429), the church was/is a shrine to the Virgin Mary because if built, she would rid the city of the plague. Located in front of the basilica is the Piazzale...

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  • Rialto Bridge

    Venice Things to Do

    There are three ways of crossing the steep up and down Rialto Bridge: 1° The central walkway between the shops is used by the Venetians and those tourists who just want to join Canaregio or San Marco to San Polo and San Croce without looking at the Grand Canal. All my sympathies go to the Venetians who each day have to fight their way through the...

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  • Castelvecchio

    Verona Things to Do

    Following the revolt headed by his half-brother Fregnano, Cangrande II no longer felt safe inside the city: on top of the surrounding city walls, he had a castle and a bridge over the Adige River built. The new dwelling was to be a palace, fortress and a guarantee of escape. The construction of the castle, entrusted to Guglielmo Bevilacqua, began...

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  • Piazza dei Signori

    Padova Things to Do

    All day different events take place at the Piazza dei Signori. When we arrived we saw some fruit and vegetable stands that adorned the piazza in this particular morning. We learned that they had to leave by early afternoon giving a different atmosphere to the square. We had a better look at the Loggia del Consiglio (1496), a renaissance palace...

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  • Palazzo Chiericati

    Vicenza Things to Do

    Palazzo Chiericati was designed by Andrea Palladio. Its construction begun in 1551. It was completed only at the end of the XVII century. It houses the city museum with lots of paintings by many artists. Among these you'll see works by Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiepolo. Teatro Olimpico was Palladio's last work. Its building started in 1580....

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  • Gondola

    Venice Things to Do

    After a day of rowing, or waiting for the customers, the gondoliers are bringing back their gondolas; here at Campo Santa Sofia on the Grand Canal facing the Mercado (photo 1 & video). It's around 19 h and the day has been very warm with temperatures above 40°C in the sun. The Grand Canal is for them the worst part having to move between the...

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  • Teatro Romano - Roman Theatre

    Verona Things to Do

    In addition to the Arena, the ancient Romans had a smaller theater on the other side of the river, with stone steps built into a hillside. This theater is also very well preserved and is used today for spoken drama – especially Shakespeare in both Italian and English – as well as jazz and ballet performances. These are sponsored by a notorious...

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  • Scovegni Chapel

    Padova Things to Do

    The Scrovegni Chapel is a small chapel in Padua whose interior walls are covered by beautiful frescoes painted by the artist Giotto in the 1300s. The frescoes cover the life of Jesus, his mother Mary, and her parents. Because the governement is concerned about potential deterioration of the frescoes, the number of visitors is strictly limited -...

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  • Loggia Valmarana

    Vicenza Things to Do

    To find the Loggia, head to the Giardini Salvi which is at the western end of town, from Corso Palladio, through the old city walls, just up on the right. The 6 doric columns with triangular gable lie peacefully on the waters in the park. The Loggia Valmarana is describeds as “Palladian”, though it was not design/constructed by Palladio himself....

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  • Torre dell'Orologio - St. Mark's...

    Venice Things to Do

    “We got to Venice at one o’clock in the afternoon, and stopped at the Hotel Denielli on the water east of the Doge’s palace. It was a chilly day and the chain of mountains seen to the north of us all the way from Trieste to Venice were covered with snow. The season at Venice was late, complaining of the inclement and stormy weather which they had...

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  • Sant'Anastasia Chiesa - Church

    Verona Things to Do

    The Church of St. Anastasia is one of the most impressive churches in Verona. Although it is slightly smaller than Verona's nearby cathedral (the duomo), St. Anastasia is a more impressive church, in our opinion, and more deserving of a visit. The church was started in the 1200s and completed around 1400. For most of its history it was controlled...

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  • Piazza della Frutta

    Padova Things to Do

    Once you are on the Piazza della Frutta you simply can’t miss out on the huge Palazzo della Ragione. If you are a person that is meandering about historic center of a town and a picturesque open-air market the Piazza della Frutta is the place to be. Together with the Palazzo della Ragione in the backdrop this is a destination never to forget. So,...

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  • Tempio di San Lorenzo

    Vicenza Things to Do

    The front side of the church and in particularly its portal is worth of note. The lower part of the facade comprises eight walled arches dating back to the 1300's, whilst the upper part is crowned by small blind arches and a rose window. The large central door has a sculpture of the Madonna and Child above it.

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  • Ponte dei Sospiri

    Venice Things to Do

    “A lowered arch, a small Doric order with embossed, circular pediments overloaded with some windings, such is the Bridge of Sighs. It is properly speaking only a passage ten meters in lengths driving sheltered from the Ducal Palace to the prison, and, furthermore, a very ordinary work for the architect of the Bridge. Certainly Byron’s poetries more...

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  • Basilica San Zeno

    Verona Things to Do

    Slightly out of the center is the impressive Basilica de St Zeno and is one of Verona's most visited churches. Its dedicated to St Zeno who is the patron saint of verona. After taking a look at the outside of the building in its Romanesque style with the giant wheel of fortune the inside is very impressive. It is filled with 14th C frescoes....

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  • Cappella degli Scrovegni

    Padova Things to Do

    The chapel itself is rather plain and simple if you have a good look at it. Truly … we had no idea about the treasures inside! The one very good thing is the fact that the Cappella degli Scrovegni was acquired by the City of Padua in 1880. Why is this a good thing? I can hear you say that. Well, the vulnerable frescoes were subjected to the bad...

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  • Duomo

    Vicenza Things to Do

    It was built in the 1450's and continually improved. It is referenced to be of Rennaissance, but the front has Gothic features. The altar was completed in mid 1500's. There are many chapels on both side going toward the altar. The ceilings are vaulted and colorful surroundings inside of pinkish, red/white motif. Palladio designed the dome in 1574,...

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  • Murano

    Venice Things to Do

    Venice is practically a patchwork of tiny islands isolated in a sea of canals, but it also has a number of actual islands dotted around outside the main city. I visited three: San Giorgio Maggiore, Lido and Murano. The Isola San Giorgio Maggiore is a tiny island that sits opposite the Piazza San Marco and offers great views of the Clock Tower and...

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  • Duomo

    Verona Things to Do

    The successive early Christian, high medieval, Romanesque and Gothic contributions through the course of time have made the Duomo an extremely rich architectural complex, more than just a single building: it is formed by the Cathedral, the square, the Capitulary Library, the cloister of the Canonicals, St. Elena, St. Giovanni in Fonte and the...

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  • Caffe Pedrocchi

    Padova Things to Do

    Since the beginning of the '900 (until 1916) it was opened 24 hours 24. For this reason it was called “cafe without doors”. On the ground floor there is a luxury cafe. Some rooms originally used for reading, games and dancing are opened to visitors on the first floor. These have different themes. For instance, there is the Etruscan Room, the...

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  • Piazza Dei Signori

    Vicenza Things to Do

    Piazza dei Signori has been Vicenza's main square since Roman times and the center of the town’s life. The square took the current rectangular form in 1472 and is bordered on a long side by the Palladian Church and on the other side by Loggia del Capitanio and Palazzo del Monte di Pieta. The two Venetian columns located on the back side of the...

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  • Canareggio area

    Venice Things to Do

    The Jewish Ghetto of Venice is home to one of Europe's oldest Jewish populations, and the original ghetto. It is believed that the name ghetto even gets its name from the place the Jewish people were forced to live, the foundries or "getti", close to the modern train station on the north side of the old city. In this tiny area the entire...

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