|Fishing boat returning home as our ferry departs Rovinj for Venice|
|Our temporary home- fortunately there is no bridge to cross for the main entrance. |
Our room is on the lower right.
|Rialto Bridge with Gondola Passing Under...|
it looks peaceful (but it's a rare moment)
We had planned to visit Verona and Padua, but our host at the B&B advised us to enjoy some quieter spots, Palestria & Vicenza. Forget the fake Romeo & Juliet balcony. Forget trying to take in an opera that starts at 9pm (in a place that is more than an hour train ride from Venice). Relax.
So what did we do for 5 days? We tried to see Venice more as locals. We wandered neighborhoods we'd never seen before. We took the vaporetto to the Lido (an island that protects Venice a bit like a breakwater and serves as the resort and beach area). From the Lido we took a bus which took a ferry to the island of Palestrina. Palestrina is where the fishermen live and work. The exposed side of the island is all beach (with coarse sand). The other side is lined with small villages with fishing boats (and small yachts.)
|Fishing boats on Palestrina|
Bounty from the Fishing Boats...at Ristorante Da Nane in San Pietro. Those round little calamari were the sweetest ever!
|Our bus back to the Lido, on the ferry from Palestrina|
|Your basic farm stand from a canal boat on Murano|
|A very fine soave at Villa 600 on Torcello|
|11/12C Church of Santa Fosca on Torcello|
|Colorful Burano (island know for colorful houses & lace)|
Cathedral of Vicenza with dome by Palladio
We also made a day trip to Vicenza by train… Vicenza is noted for it's wealth of palaces & palatial buildings by Palladio (early 16C architect). While you may not recognize the name, Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's mansion) and the White House feature Palladian architecture.
|An anonymous building aspiring to be |
a great Palladian Palace...but only from the front.
|The Palazzo Chiericati is one of Palladio's major works.|
|Palazzo Chiericati is noted for it's artworks...in this case Pat makes a "cameo" appearance.|
|This is the Olympic Theater. Behind the three doors are full 3D-street scenes, |
easy for the audience to see, but hard to capture in a photo...
|Central Mosaic from Inside Basilica San Marco. Yep, there is a lot of gold there...|
|View of Clock Tower from the balcony of San Marco, with a Tourist in front...|
|Cute (& common) doorbells & mailslot|
|Azerbaijan Pavilion for the Biennale Art Exposition|
The following are shots of store window displays...
|Carnivale Masks are popular|
|Carnivale costumes are also popular displays...I didn't seen anyone buying them though...|
|Murano Glass figurines are equally popular, but I only saw one orchestra...|
|And of course sweets...in this case a string of marshmallow.|
A curiosity, but not very tempting.
|Don't expect a something very private...|
|But gondolas do offer some great photo ops|
Our three Venice visits have been spaced 10 years apart,1993, 2003 and 2013. Guess we'll be back in 2023...and the Rialto will still be a wondrous sight.