A Day in Venice
During our stay in Italy, we had also the good fortune to visit Venice (Venezia as the Italians call it) in a day trip. This 1,500-year-old former trading port is nothing like that I have seen before. It is a city that has to be seen to be believed. The richness, the color, the light, the texture, and the history make Venice overwhelmingly beautiful, or in the words of the Lonely Planet guide ‘a strange surreal city in which everyday life seems somehow more dramatic than elsewhere’.
We wandered along the Grand Canal and we admired the many beautiful buildings lining the waterways – and passed under the Rialto Bridge, until we got to the St Mark’s Square stop. The piazza San Marco is filled for much of the day with tourists, pigeons, balloon vendors and policemen.
The square is named after the unusual and stunning Basilica San Marco that sits on the east end of the square. The slender Campanile di San Marco, the basilica’s bell tower, is one of the square’s most recognizable landmarks. A tour of the Doge’s Palace led us across the beautiful Bridge of Sighs – so-called because the tiny glimpse of sky from its windows was once the last view of Venice before convicts were lead to prison.
Being crammed with tourists, it was hard to set foot inside the church of St Mark’s Basilica. The queue to go up to Campanile bell tower was way too long. However, what we managed during the short 5 hours were walking every suburb of Venice and a series of photos that attempt to capture the lines, patterns, shapes and textures of Venice. I hope you enjoy it.