Sestière di San Marco

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  • Day1

    Antica Riva

    April 10, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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


    September 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    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!

  • Day213

    A city like no other

    June 29, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 73 °F

    Let us start this post by simply stating that Venice is incredible. We had an amazing time here and can only wish that we had more than a day to spend in the city (not that we really have the budget for that). The physical landscape (canals, taxi boats etc.) is well known, but until you actually see it, it's hard to fathom a city built entirely on water. Even Amsterdam, another city with a network of canals, has streets with cars, parallel parking and bike paths. Venice is simply boats and narrow alleys, piazzas, and canals small and large.

    Just wandering around the city felt like going back in time, with small shops that dated back hundreds of years. Venice historically was a wealthy, intellectually advanced society built on trade with both the east and west, and the architecture and artistic choices of the city reflect this. It was clear that despite the oligarchic rule of the city, the populace was well-supported and public services were valued. Touring the former residencies and state palaces in the Museo Correr and Palazzo Ducale was a clear reminder of this, as the immense frescoes covering the walls and gold-gilted ceilings made it clear they valued public service.

    We spent a whirlwind day in the city, also touring the mammoth Saint Mark's cathedral, dining at a classic street café, ate gelato beside a small canal and took more pictures than we have in weeks. We would have loved to have more time, but at least we know we'll definitely be back :)
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  • Day38


    October 3, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 91 °F

    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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  • Day8

    Day 6&7

    June 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Yesterday was purely travel so not much to report on that bit beautiful country side as you drive through

    Today we went and explored 3 islands off Venice as well as wandering through all the streets of Venice. It is a really beautiful place and so unique

  • Day7

    Martini Tasting

    August 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    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.

  • Day39


    October 4, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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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  • Day16

    Campanile di San Marco

    September 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    As we were changing accommodation today we didn't venture too far from the Cannaregio area until we were able to check into our apartment for the next few nights.
    And what a nice apartment it was. Lots of room and beautifully decorated. A big change from last night's accommodation. We spend a lovely morning just exploring the lanes and alleyways and enjoyed a delicious lunch in one of many cafes.

    This afternoon, once the day got a little cooler, we made our way over to the Piazza San Marco in hopes of visiting 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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  • Day19

    Bridge of Sighs, Venice

    September 17, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The Bridge of Sighs, known as Ponte dei Sospiri in Italian, is one of the most famous bridges not only in Venice, but in the world. And a trip to Venice must include a glimpse of this noteworthy bridge.

    The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, and passes over the Rio di Palazzo, connecting the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino (whose uncle Antonio da Ponte had designed the Rialto Bridge) and was built in 1600.

    The bridge’s name, given by Lord Bryon as a Translation from the Italian name in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells.
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Sestière di San Marco, Sestiere di San Marco

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