Monday, August 5, 2013

Italian Vacation: Venice

A week ago K and I got back from Italy!  It was a dream vacation.  Neither of us had ever been to Europe before and while there are a million places in Europe we both want to see, Italy was at the top of both our lists.  We spent 10 days exploring Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome.  I took 2000 pictures.  I spent this past weekend in front of the computer trying to edit them all all (finished all but Rome).  Here are some of the highlights from Venice.

I fell in love with St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco).  I could not walk by without taking a million pictures.  We took a great tour of Doge's Palace in the square where I especially enjoyed learning about the "justice" system and seeing the prisons.

The Bridge of Sighs
This is the bridge that connects the Doge's Palace to the new prisons (the old prisons were actually in the Palace).  The bridge got its name because it was supposed to refer to the sighs of the prisoners who took one last look at the city through the small windows as they walked from the courtroom to the prison to carry out their sentence.  

Of course, we had to take a gondola ride.

The Grand Canal
The streets of Venice
Rialto Bridge - oldest bridge spanning the grand canal
We took a day trip to the Venetian islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello.  Murano is famous for its glass making, Burano for lace and brightly colored houses and Torcello holds Venice's first cathedral. 

Murano glass blowing
Brightly colored homes on Borano

Cathedral in Torcello

I loved how wine and beer were sold along side the water and soda and it wasn't uncommon to see someone enjoying a bottle of wine on the street.

Cleanest public restrooms ever - each one had an attendant.

We had almost two days in Venice before it was time to pack up and head out to our next stop - Cinque Terre!
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  1. Looks amazing! And of course I can't wait to hear about the prisons. Great job on the photographs - such wonderful colors everywhere.

    1. Thank you! I am so glad I took as many photos as I did as I was not happy with about 60% of them but I am learning! I think I am slowly starting to get a handle on outdoor settings - inside though is another story.

  2. Love seeing those pictures!! When I was in Venice, there was so much construction that all of the beautiful buildings were covered in scaffolding, so my pictures didn't do it justice. Yours brought back wonderful memories. Did you get to do any biking around Florence?

    1. Oh no! That sucks. :( I really enjoyed going through and editing them - it was fun to re-live the trip.

      We took a Vespa tour through the country side in Florence but no bike riding although we did see a bunch of cyclists as part of a tour group. I would love to go back and do that some day. Where else in Italy did you go?

  3. A-MAZ-ING! I can't wait to talk more about your Italian itinerary. J and I really need to get on the ball and get our trip plans together.

    We were looking at a bike tour, I think that'd be super fun!

  4. Lovely photos! We got engaged in Venice - makes me want to go back.


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