Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 3 – Part 2 – Schools Old And New

The Scoletta dell’Arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro, found next to the Chiesa di Sant’Eustachio, dates from 1711, and was the home of the Guild of Artists, as well as makers of gold thread and gold leaf.  Here, the 48 members of the Guild would train others in their craft.  The Scoletta functioned until 1798, at…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 2 – Part 8

Among the many busts and statues lining the paths of the Giardini della Biennale is the monument to Richard Wagner, by the artist Fritz Schaper.  The bust has an odd appearance, as the nose on Wagner’s face was recently knocked off by vandals. The Monumento ai Soldati di Terra e di Mare, or the Monument…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 2 – Part 4

Crossing the Rio di Palazzo, the Ponte dei Sospiri, or the Bridge of Sighs, is the second most famous bridge in Venice.  It was designed by Antonio Contino, and dates from 1600.  It connects the prison area with the interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace.  After being sentenced in the palazzo, prisoners were then led…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 2 – Part 2 – Rialto

The monument pictured above pays tribute to the Venetians who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Up to this point, we had managed to avoid any of the horrible crowds that Venice is notorious for, especially around the Easter holiday.  But, as we approached the Ponte di Rialto, or the Rialto Bridge, the crowds began…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 2 – Part 1

We began our Easter Sunday with a lovely breakfast, which consisted of fresh fruit, cold meats, coffee, yogurt, and a colomba di Pasqua, which is the Easter equivalent of a panettone.  It was a beautiful day out, so we wasted no time in getting out there, and exploring the city a bit more, once breakfast…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 1 – Part 2

The largest campo close to our apartment was Campo San Giacomo, which was about a five-minute walk away.  This was the campo we would visit most often during our stay in Venice, as it held numerous cafés and shops, as well as a small supermarket, where we could pick up items we needed.  The campo…

Venice – A City Unlike Any Other – Day 1 – Part 1

My first visit to Venice was over thirty years ago, so it was time to return.  Now, older and wiser, I was able to experience the city in a new way.  Venice, like most Italian cities, has many layers.  The different layers only reveal themselves when one takes the time to breathe, to explore, and…