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FC: VENEZIA | Cliff and Doris April 2007

1: VENEZIA "Serenissima" Venice – “Queen of the Adriatic”, “The City of Bridges” – has enamored civilization since its reign as a world power in the 1200’s. The original town was built around 420 AD in the marshy lagoons of Northeastern Italy using wooden pilings and fill. Expansion has continued through the ages, again with wooden pilings and fill, to become the city it is today. We spent three days exploring Venice and its nearby islands of Murano and Burano during our Honeymoon trip in April, 2007. This portfolio reflects some of the beautiful and inspiring scenes that we encountered in one of our favorite cities of the world. Cliff and Doris

2: Gondolas at St. Mark's Square The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is in the background.

4: Gondolas were the primary mode of transportation in Venice, with about 10,000 in service during the 18th century.

5: Today there are about 400 gondolas of which all are used for tourism.

7: Canals, bridges, gondolas and historic buildings -- The heart and soul of Venice

8: Small plazas along the waterways also serve as boat landings

9: Art on Water

10: One of Venice's nicknames is "City of Bridges" with over 400 crossing over its waterways.

12: Hotel lobby and entrance

13: Stores, hotels and offices line the Grand Canal with "parking lots" on the waterway

14: The Grand Canal is the main thoroughfare in Venice. Mooring poles painted in "barber pole" colors line the docks in the background.

15: The Grand Canal

16: Exploring the side streets of Venice. We wandered to the less visited areas to really capture the essence of Venice.

18: Rialto Bridge The original wooden bridge was built in 1265 and was the first bridge over the Grand Canal. The bridge, rebuilt in 1590 out of stone, remains the principal pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal.

19: The Rialto Bridge is the commercial center of Venice, surrounded by shops, markets, hotels and boat/bus landings

20: Rush hour on the Grand Canal, with heavy traffic in all directions

21: Heading home after an afternoon of shopping

22: Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square, is one of the most famous square in the world and is the social center and entrance to Venice.

23: Everyone passes through St. Mark's Square. The Basilica is the centerpiece of the square.

24: St. Mark's Campanile

25: Outdoor cafe on St. Mark's Square

26: Venice residential neighborhood

27: Travel destination: Venice!

28: Scenes along the Grand Canal

30: Entrance to Peggy Guggenheim museum on the Grand Canal. This collection is one of the most important museums of Modern art in the world. Ms. Guggenheim introduced Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock to the world and owned an extensive collection of Picasso, Miro, Dali and Calder.

31: The "Campo de Gheto Novo" is an area in Venice where Jews were ordered to live. Gheto was originated in 1516 during the reign of the Venetian Republic. The modern-day term "ghetto" was derived from this Venetian Gheto.

32: Signs in the Gheto area

33: Main plaza of the Gheto. Stores and restaurants line the plaza

34: The Bridge of Sighs is the enclosed bridge near the front. The bridge connects the Doges Palace, left, with the prison, on the right.

35: View from inside the Bridge of Sighs. This is the last view of the city by prisoners of the Venetian Republic as they were led to incarceration or to execution.

36: Boat docks at St. Mark's Square

37: Residential neighborhood in Venice

38: St. Mark's Square, filled with tourists and visitors. The Doges Palace is the large building in the foreground, with the Campanile on the left and the towers of the Basilica behind the Doges Palace

40: Venice as seen from a cruise ship. A vaporetto (water bus) is in the foreground.

41: Canals and bridges of Venice

42: Residences in Venice

43: Welcome to Murano, one of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Murano's claim to fame is its glass works, considered among the finest in the world.

44: A Murano glass factory. Their shops are common along the main streets in Murano and a few of the factories allow visitors to watch as they create their glass products.

47: The ancient and well-respected art of glassmaking is centered in Murano. Glassmakers have been producing their wares in Murano since the reign of the Venetian Republic in the late 1500's.

48: Venetian glassmakers at work.

50: Even in Venice and Murano, garbage must still be collected. This garbage boat is on its daily run.

51: Reflections in a Murano canal

52: The reflections piqued my curiosity. The following images are also these same reflections.

53: Buildings of Murano

54: Setting up the outdoor cafe

55: Umbrellas

56: Walk along the canal

57: Hanging out to Dry

58: The 17th century bell tower of San Martino Church in Burano. Just as in Pisa, the ground under the tower remained weakened over the centuries. This is still an active church and bell tower.

59: Burano, a sister island to Venice and Murano in the Venetian lagoon, is known for its lacework and brightly painted homes.

60: Bright colors are required by law to be used on houses in Burano

61: La Casa di Bepi Sua - The house of Joesph Sweaty

62: Burano neighborhoods The colors of the houses follow a system originating hundreds of years ago. Approval to paint a house is granted by the government with the specific colors to be used.

64: Clothes Art in Burano

66: Store Front in Venice Cookies and biscotti for sale

68: Fresh vegetables are always available at markets in Venice

69: Absinthium

70: Limoncello One of most famous Italian aperitifs, Limoncello is especially popular in Venice

71: Venetian Masks The images on the following pages are masks that were in store fronts on the streets of Venice. Venetian Masks date to the 13th century and were used during the celebration of Carnevale.

72: The wearing of masks was restricted by the government. Masks could only be worn during Carnevale (The Carnival of Venice). In 1797 Carnevale and the use of masks was outlawed entirely.

73: It was only in 1979 that Carnevale returned and masks began re-appearing. Venetian masks are now popular worldwide.

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