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Sestière di San Marco

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  • Day16

    Campanile di San Marco

    September 14 in Italy

    This afternoon we had hoped to be back in time to visit St Mark’s Basilica but we didn’t make it before it closed. Instead we decided to take advantage of the short line-up and check out Campanile di San Marco, St Mark's Campanile. This is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica and is located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

    The tower is 98.6 metres tall and houses five bells. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show the Lion of St. Mark and the female representation of Venice, la Giustizia: Justice. The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel.

    The initial 9th-century construction was built on Roman foundations and was used as a watch tower or lighthouse for the dock, which then occupied a substantial part of the area which is now the Piazzetta.

    The campanile suffered damage by lightning on many occasions. It was severely damaged in 1388, set on fire and destroyed in 1417 and seriously damaged by a fire in 1489 that destroyed the wooden spire. It was rebuilt in 1514 thanks to restorations made to repair further damage caused by an earthquake in 1511.

    The current tower was reconstructed in its present form in 1912 after it had been destroyed by the fall of the campanile in 1902.

    Thankfully we didn’t have to climb any stairs to get to the top and the elevator was quick and easy. The views were amazing from every side. I really love Venice and seeing her in all her glory was fabulous.
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  • Day1

    Antica Riva

    April 10, 2017 in Italy

    Nach Umstiegen in Domodossola und Mailand, erreichten wir noch vor Mittag den Bahnhof Santa Lucia in Venedig.
    Das Wetter ist wunderbar! ☀️
    Die Pizza, Pasta und Gelati sind ebenfalls bestens. 😊🇮🇹

  • Day6

    Venice

    September 13, 2017 in Italy

    We arrived in Venice today after a smooth Aer Lingus flight. We have a "darling" apartment (per Linda) overlooking a canal and bridge in the first picture. She's right, it is darling!

  • Day7

    Martini Tasting

    August 9, 2017 in Italy

    Today we went to a typical Silversea martini tasting in an intimate bar with great views. The martini's were accompanied by hors d' oeuvres. Rose's favorite was the pickle martini and Randy's was the peach. We will soon sail to Croatia.

  • Day38

    Venice

    October 3, 2017 in Italy

    Leisurely start to the day (not sure how I am going to go back to 5.15am starts when I get back to Australia - positively uncivilised!), and then we started an epic day of leisurely meandering through the streets of Venice. Love love love!

    We didn't go into anything or line up for anything and just enjoyed a day of looking at the sights of Venice from the outside. Fabulous bridges, Venezian-style traffic jams, heard opera being sung on a gondola, marvelled at why the gondoliers thought being grumpy and disinterested in what they were doing was good for business etc.

    We looked in on some amazing art shops, and got a bit of inspiration for a few things we might try out when we get home. Kate has been collecting the entry and bus tickets throughout our journey to "do something" with them when we get home. We were inspired by some great papier mache works in one gallery today so spent this evening researching some options to give it a go when we get home. It has been four weeks since we have watched a TV (given we can't understand anything, we have gotten used to just not turning them on even when we have had them) which has been great for playing games and chatting about stuff. Each accommodation generally has a selection of games - tonight Finn and I played backgammon which used to be one of my favourite board games when I was at uni and living with my uncle who was a board game fiend.

    We got back to our accommodation around 4pm due to the urgent need to find a loo and a distinct lack of public facilities in Venice. So, had a sleep, read some book, dinner last night was so yummy Craig made the same again. All up, a perfect day!
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  • Day7

    Silver Muse

    August 9, 2017 in Italy

    After just 24 hours aboard we agree with Silversea's advertising that "She is Simply Devine". The decor is a combination of Art Deco, Contemporary, and Classic Elements.

    Our suite is huge with beautiful finishes. We have 2 interactive TV's built into huge mirrors. The service is great and the food is over the top.

    This truly will be a "rough" 51 days.
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  • Day39

    Venezia

    October 4, 2017 in Italy

    We spent another day wandering around the backstreets of Venice today. Poked in and around various art shops and free museums. There was one collection by Jan Fabre which was titled Glass and Bone Sculpture 1977-2017 - all the pieces were either glass, bone (human and animal) or glass made into the shape of human bones and fused with real human or animal bones. There were a number of installations of significant size and the kids were enthralled.

    We had received a recommendation to visit Ca'Macana which is one of the oldest mask workshops in Venice. It was amazing! Finn was quite taken with the various masks in steampunk style, but in the end we thought that was a bit impractical to try and bring home. He settled for some ghoulish mask which was also of a reasonable price.
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  • Day40

    A day in Venice

    September 1, 2017 in Italy

    After yesterdays events, it was a slow start today [again]. This apartment is in the heart of Venice, a few yards from St Marks square. It's not the regent queen's style, more of a blokes appartment with heaps of space, 4 rooms, good size bathroom with a useable bath, good air conditioning, the list goes on - very happy.

    We started the day with a healthy hotel breakfast and we were off. The hotel asked if we could leave the key at reception, as we did they offered us a free trip to Murano Island and a free demonstration of glass blowing - we said thanks. I guess they thought we were wealthy because we were given our own guide and shown around the 11 show rooms of Murano Glass, each piece well over €1000 - I would say average of €3000 - they did offer free postage on items over €1000! After the guided tour we were offered a look at items in the gift shop ... phew, things we could afford.

    We had a walk around Murano Island, stopped for a beer and wine, then took the free boat home - one of those Italian speed boats - I felt like James Bond or someone from the Italian Job.

    Later in the afternoon we went for a walk - just walk in any direction and see where you end up- is great. It was so hot that I had to buy a hat. Had some gelato - fantastic. We ended up in the Hard Rock cafe - staff were very friendly and so that was most enjoyable.

    Venice is perfect for just wandering around - there is a surprise around every corner - so many shops and while they look a little messy on the outside, inside these shops are like a wonderland. Venice is living up to my expectations.

    Rain is forecast for tomorrow - should not affect the shopping.

    Cheers
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  • Day23

    Venice

    December 5, 2017 in Italy

    Learnt something new about Venice on the walking tour. Venice is shaped like a fish from an aerial view and is made up of 118 islands joined by over 40 bridges. Every island has three key things. A church, a well and a campo which is a tiny area for the people to meet and engage socially. So consequently, Venice has 120 churches on this tiny lagoon. No cars are allowed past the train station. So to get around you either walk, ferry, private water taxi or by gondola which is the most expensive mode of all.Read more

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