Santo Stefano

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  • May2


    May 2, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Along with Elna and Sandie we caught the 8:20 train to Venice. Then meandered down the laneways, shopping, taking photos, located the spot we were to meet for the walking tour, to St Marks square. Here we parted company. John and I got tickets (quite easily) to see over the Doge’s Palace. It was amazing. Opulant, over the top gold leaf decorations in every room. We also got to walk over the Bridge of Sighs to the prison. The prison cells were classic dungeons where people were crowded into tiny spaces with very little or no natural light and nothing but cold stone floors to sleep on, except for the few people of noble origins who might have a wooden bed, but no mattress.

    Then we wandered the main strip before going to the meeting point for our tour. Our guide Anna took us around the back lanes and explained various features of Venice. We then had a gondola ride, after a long wait, through some back canals out to the grandcanal and back again.

    Then walked quickly back the the train after getting a gelati each.
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    Beautiful Venice! A hope you enjoyed it - especially the gondola ride. Great photos. Peter H


    Lovely photo of you two. We’ve hAd one good rain and its starting to rain again just now. Peg


    Lovely, wonderful place to visit. Gondola rides are special. Sue

  • Day2

    San Marco

    October 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Campanile Tower, Rialto Bridge, Venice Lagoon, Bridge of Sighs, Scoula Grande de San Rocco

  • Day7

    Spritz Veneziano

    September 17, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Heute sind wir mit dem Rad nach Punta Sabbioni gefahren und haben den Wasserbus nach Venedig genommen. Mit dabei sind Wechselklamotten und Zahnbürste, da wir vorhaben eine Nacht in der Stadt zu bleiben. Der Wasserbus hält bei San Zaccaria und damit in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Dogen Palast und Markusplatz. Unser Hotel ist das Al Gazzettino, dort checken wir schnell ein und dann geht es zum Stadtspaziergang.
    Wir schlendern entlang des Markusplatz, weiter durch die Gassen Richtung Rialtobrücke. Unterwegs gönnen wir uns in einer der Gassen abseits der Hauptroute einen Spritz Veneziano (Original mit Campari und Olive, wird meist weggelassen).
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  • Day1

    Venice, Italy - St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    May 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica with Terraces & Doge's Place Tour
    Meeting in St. Mark’s Square we’ll take a few moments to appreciate this incredible space before using our privileged entrance to skip long lines and gain immediate access to the Basilica. Absolutely enormous, the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone! Its history, which dates back to the 9th century, is just as hard to get your mind around. But there’s no understanding Venice without understanding St. Mark’s Basilica.
    On our St. Mark’s Basilica tour, your guide will take you far beyond the guidebook to really understand St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice as a whole. Hear the swashbuckling tale of the basilica’s founding (a story that involves an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church’s countless treasures. One such treasure is the bronze horses, which you will see up close during your special access visit to the balcony. With this access, your guide will also have an opportunity to speak with you inside the basilica too (not usually afforded to groups), using their time on the balcony to help you really appreciate the ceiling mosaics up close.
    The cherry on top comes as you walk outside onto the terraces themselves. From here you'll witness the most beautiful views in all of Venice, over St Mark's Square and past the Doge's Palace down into the lagoon.
    St. Mark’s Basilica is only the tip of the iceberg though. The Doge’s Palace was the real heart of the Republic of Venice – home to the duke, the government, torture chambers, prisons and so much more. Our Doge’s Palace tours show you the best, telling you stories of scandal and politics that you won’t believe (but you should, we’d never lie to you.)
    We’ll skip the line here, too, taking you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil (hint: it has to do with a beheading); discover just what the Doge really did, who he was and why you might not want the job yourself.
    You’ll also get to explore the massive armory as part of your Doge’s Palace tour, and the so-called ‘New Prisons’ where your guide will teach you about the grim life of a Venetian prisoner. You’ll cap it all off with the Bridge of Sighs, which you’ll learn isn’t quite as romantic as you thought. But a bridge that connects interrogation rooms to prison cells will be that way.

    Hint - Bridge of Sighs - But what bemuses me most about the fracas to get a shot in front of the Bridge of Sighs is that the whole significance of the bridge is the views it gives out over Venice. In case you didn’t know, the bridge is so named because prisoners inside the Doge Palace would walk through the interior of the bridge on the way to their execution in St Mark’s Square. The bridge and the tiny lattice gaps gave prisoners their very last view out over Venice before they died. And that last view is thought to have induced a final sigh at Venice’s beauty, hence the name: Bridge of Sighs.
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