Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Visited the Chiesa dei Frari. Beautiful Titian and Bellini paintings. Then a yummy pizza lunch. Onto the Scuola GRande di San Rocco. My favorite with over 50 paintings by Tintoretto. Vaporetto back and a quick trip to Chiesa de San Zaccarria. Needs renovating, but I paid the 1 euro to go into a crypt with remains of St. John the Baptist's father. It is submerged under water because the church is sinking.
Hotel to rest, then more walking. Yummy, expensive dinner and the to San Marco Piazza to see it lit up at night. Wonderful atmosphere of Saturday night strollers.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Then headed over to the Doge's Palace and looked at all 40 rooms on display. Really taken with the grandeur of the Grand Hall (it houses the largest oil painting in the world) and all of the zillions of chambers for their numerous councils. Paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, etc.
After taking a breather, we rode the vaporetto along the Grand Canal to the end of the line. Elegant buildings showing their wear and tear from years of water and flooding. Many seem empty and unused. Can only imagine the cost of maintaining a building here!
Love seeing all the gondolas and black and white striped shirts of the gondoliers. Dinner was outside at a tiny sidewalk restaurant. Menu di giuorno consisted of spaghetti with seafood, grilled salmon, and salade mista. It was delicious!
Evening time came and the vaporetto ride was at nighttime. Not too many buildings were illuminated, but those that were were stunning. Just like in Paris, life continues until late at night, and people stroll the tiny, crowded streets until midnight. Stopped in a souvenir shop to look at outrageously expensive (35 to 1050 euros) masks (just like at Pier 1, M!!), but really amazing. Also, browsed and bought some pretty Italian glass beads, but shhhh, don't tell the girls.