Venice

We spent a week in Venice taking in the sites and enjoying a little bit of downtime. We rented an airbnb that was phenomenal. It was not in the main tourist area which allowed us to enjoy some of the small alleys without millions of tourists. We were also able to enjoy Venice early in the morning or in the evening when most of the tourists had gone back to their cruise ships, and when it wasn’t blazing hot.

Over the course of the week we saw the big sites. St. Marks is incredible with the amount of mosaic work that was done and we got to see the famous four horses that had been stolen from Turkey. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed so you’re going to have to take my word for it. Prior to going into St. Marks we wandered around the plaza. While walking around the church Caitlin pointed out the four tetrarchs that were on the corner of the church. I had no idea what she was talking about, but thankfully her art history background led her to explain how they represented the eastern and western roman empires and the equality of power. All summer Caitlin was pointing out little things here and there that the majority of tourists were unaware of. It was like being on a secret tour and was fascinating to watch people walk past historically important pieces all over Italy. I’m sure we missed our fair share, but that is apt to happen when there is so much ancient history.

Aside from walking  around Venice and getting lost more times than I can count (and that is with google maps) we also took the boat bus to Murano and Burano. These two little islands are famous for glass and lace work. While we ended up buying glasses we skipped on the lace. I enjoyed Burano more however as it  was beautiful with all the houses on the island painted different colors. The rest of the activities will be explained in the picture descriptions.

 

 

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  1. Alex como lo comente no hay nada como visitar cualquiera de las ciudades en Italia lo mas temprano posible. Es cierto todos esos callejones te inspiran a imaginar lo que ha sucedido a través de cientos de anos en todas las ciudades de Italia,. El detalle esta en la dedicada observacion de cada piedra y rincon.

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