Me standing in the Molo San Marco with Isola Di San Giorgio in the background
PIAZZA SAN MARCO
Visit the Piazza San Marco and the Molo San Marco early in the morning when most tourists are still sleeping and only dedicated photographers are out and about.
Corner of the Doge’s Palace at sunrise
Winged Lion detail on the Camponile’s gate
Ponte della Paglia, the bridge from which you can photograph the Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
The Arcade at the Palazzo Ducale. The only time to see this area without throngs of tourists is very early in the morning
One of the beautiful mosaics on the Basilica San Marco’s facade.
TOUR THE PALAZZO DUCALE
Some non-flash photography was allowed. Impressive paintings, Doge’s apartments, the Grand Council Hall, council rooms, Senate hall, rooms of armour, marble fireplaces, the Golden Staircase, and of course the Bridge of Sighs to the prisons. It is a full agenda.
Apollo and Neptune at the top of the Giants’ Staircase.
Painted ceiling, Trial Chamber of the Council of Ten, Palazzo Ducale
Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice
Mercury and Minerva
Armor for horses in the armory
The Bridge of Sighs from the backside, as seen from a window in the Palazzo Ducale
Looking out through the window in the Bridge of Sighs, towards the Grand Canal and San Marco Canal
TAKE A GONDOLA RIDE
The gondolas (500 in Venice) seem to run constantly. We took our gondola ride at dusk.
Augie and Teresa with Gondolier Nicoli.
Me with the Rialto Bridge in the background.
The Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute
After the gondola ride, we walked back to the apartment, stopping for dinner along the way. I ordered Sea Bass. I should not have been surprised to get the fish, head, tail and all, instead of a filet. This is the local way to serve Sea Bass. I must admit to being a bit wimpy about it, but did my best with the meal.
Sea Bass Venetian sytle
Beautiful pictures, Laura! Keep posting. I hear that George Clooney is heading your way.
Thank you Rich. Venice is a photographers dream, even for a beginner. We left Venice just in time to miss the Clooney wedding circus!