lovelocks on an unknown bridge
St Mark's clock tower
Basilica San Marco
mixed veg rice of the best restaurant in Venice- La Zucca
The 2nd stop we visited in Italy was Venice. This post is a little brief because to be honest, we didn't do much in Venice at all. It's a charming city with the picturesque view of water coursing where pavement streets should be, but it was hard to imagine the place being one of the most powerful cities in Europe. Queen of the Adriatic, indeed.
We booked the Secret Itineraries tour in the Doge's Palace. Admission for that costs a bit more than the price of a combination ticket with the rest of the museums, but we weren't interested in museums, and nobody knows about Venetian Renaissance artists. I somewhat accidentally checked in my camera at the cloakroom, so there's no pictures of the inside, but suffice to say it was not something attractive to look at anyway. (Lots of dark cells, wooden rooms, old furniture etc.) Additionally, our tour guide was an aggressively red-haired, middle aged lady who spoke in a HEAVY Italian accent and took about an hour to pronounce a single word, which was unintelligible anyhow. Nonetheless the tour was a pretty good guide to the background behind the Palace and it let us experience what other patrons can't, as it covers places not included in the normal ticket. She told us about the Venetian government officials, their roles & functions, administrative procedures, and the cool true story of Giacamo Casanova, who was a prisoner in the palace until he escaped in 1757. Swee!
Venice also boasts St. Mark's basilica as a national treasure. After having witnessed St Paul's basilica which is arguably the best and grandest, the rest frankly tend to pale in comparison. St Mark's was smaller (they all are) and darker, but it was plastered with wonderful intricate mosaics, and the gold ones were especially nice. It is famous for having Byzantine influence seen in its design.
In winter, the days are short. You have limited sunlight and endless cold, so we finished sightseeing quite early, and proceeded to shop and eat the rest of the time. Venice is no short of restaurants that open till late, so pick your spot, order a fresh seafood pasta, and watch the waters drift by to the rest of the whole wide world.
Bridge of Sighs
where prisoners would be led to the cells, and while on the way pause and look back to the bright land that they would likely never see again
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