Italy: Venice

venice grand canal gondola

One-of-a-kind labyrinth of stone and water…

… dripping with music, tradition, culture, history, and romance! (The countless well-fed pigeons at Saint Mark’s Square are not to be missed!)

Let’s go!

Venice Public Transporation Pass, good for outer islands of Burano and Torcello, too!

Grand Canal

The best water anywhere in the world.

Rialto Fish Market


Piazza San Marco

The area in and around Saint Mark’s is a congested madhouse by day (but not so much by night!)
The pigeons are as famous and popular as Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s palace!
One of many orchestras tuning up for the evening.

Doge’s Palace

Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs, looking out
The Palace Prison
Intimate access to exquisite carvings in the prison.

Gelato!!!
Yes, a gondola ride is expensive, but so what! Don’t be an unromantic cheapskate!!! If you are there with your sweetheart, just do it! Life is too precious and short to do otherwise.
Scala Contarini
Wandering the atmospheric maze of canals and alleyways on foot is uniquely magical, especially at night.
Two big messages shared in a few square feet.
Exquisite silverware
Oh well
Bra Bar

Guggenheim Collection


Burano & Torcello

Make sure to spend a half day exploring the much less touristic outer Islands of Burano and Burano. 

Burano


Torcello

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