Another of those significant sites we have found by accident - it pays to keep your head up and read plaques on the sides of buildings in Europe.
We were just wandering, getting lost, seeing the... more
The Doge's Palace or Palazzo Ducale is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of... more
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark and commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica is the main attraction of the Piazza San Marco.
It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the... more
One of my most memorable time in Venice was riding on the gondola at sunset. It is quite simply beautiful and a great experience. Riding on this traditional Venetian water boat is like going back in... more
This is the big "avenue" going through Venice. Actually, it cuts through the various neighborhoods in an S shape. The Grand Canal itself is 3800 meters long, is 30-90 meters in width and about 15... more
This graceful pedestrian bridge is one of Venice's most familiar sites to tourists, and a very busy place! The bridge is one of only four spans over the Grand Canal, and the oldest. Construction took... more
The Clock Tower is an early renaissance building on the north side of the Piazza San Marco. It comprises a tower, which contains the clock, and lower buildings on each side. It adjoins the eastern end... more
Another of the city's don't-miss landmarks.
Built in 1602, its beauty belies its grim history (or legend). It is through this bridge that convicted prisoners passed on their way toward an awaiting... more
With all my professional life connected to glass, my expectations about Murano were very high. That's why I came back a little disappointed.
I was aware of the industrial crises, but expected more... more
Vaporetto - GUGLIE
I quite enjoyed this tour, it gave an insight into how the ghetto originated and also the chance to see inside 3 synagogues, with an explanation of the layout and the... more
The Bridge of Sighs is the second famous Venetian bridge. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni... more
Venice is a city on the water, but... how to get potable water?
A very ingenious system collected the rain across filters to large cisterns in the centre of the squares. The water was then drawn up... more
If you want to see some Venetians not directly involved in tourism you might find some at the Pescheria, along the Grand Canal, not far from the Rialto Bridge. The building of the fish market is easy... more
the arenale is venice's medieval shipyard. during the crusades 30,000 people worked in the arenale and using a production line process built a warship a day. in 1204 AD a fleet of venecian warships... more
The Lido is a kind of mainland barrier to protect Venice from the sea. It is situated in the lagoon of Venice and offers approximately 12 km of beach along the Adriatic Coast.
Apart from that, many... more
Named so because of old paintings by the artist on the walls of the ballroom, this event happens once during the Carnival. The building is called Ca Pisani-Moretta and, of course, it faces the Grand... more
There is a story that the engineers who built the mechanism of this gold and blue clock in Piazza San Marco were rewarded by having their eyes gouged out so as to ensure that no other city could have... more
This is a really peaceful place. There is a garden with some outside sculptures by various artists like Pollock. My son liked walking around in this garden. There are two buildings one with the main... more
The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo was built for the Contarini family during the 15th century, the same powerful family for whom Ca' d'Oro was built. Perhaps to make up for the fact that this palazzo... more
Less than an hour away by vaporetto, Burano is waiting for you! The whole island is eye candy and a photographer's paradise. I live near Venice and go here often, even in the winter.
Wander around... more
Feed the pigeons!
I love animals, maybe that's why, and like I said I've been to Venice 100 times, but feed the pigeons still amuses me! And now I have my daughter doing it with me, even more fun... more
The Gallerie dell'Accademia has a collection of, mainly religious, older paintings from the heyday of the Venetian Renaissance. Included in the collection are some big names such as Bellini, Mantagna... more
Consecrated in 1592, this church (the Redeemer) was designed by Andrea Palladio. It was a church meant to be dedicated in thanks for deliverance from the 1575-6 plague that killed some 30% of Venice's... more
By now it is already some weeks ago that I came back from my 12 days visit in Venezia and it is still there - the spell, this magic city poured over me. Anytime I close my eyes, it is there, it fills...
We visited Venice many years ago as a day trip from Croatia. Like all other day tourists we did the usual trip of glass factory, St Marks's Square, Rialto Bridge and then a boat ride down the Grande...