Venice – Day Two

I was in Venice by 9.00am today and decided to spend more time on the back-alleys and side canals, rather than in the prime tourist locations. It is amazing how most of the tourists crowd into St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto, but don’t walk off the main route into the side streets. Wander off the beaten track and you can find yourself almost alone!

Every side canal presented a photo opportunity. Here are a few of those that I took.

Hardly anyone around on the side canals
Hardly anyone around on the side canals
Calm morning
Calm morning
Trash collector doing his morning rounds
Trash collector doing his morning rounds
Hardly anything moving
Hardly anything moving
Colourful long boat
Colourful long boat
No sidewalks
No sidewalks
Warning - narrow waterway
Warning – narrow waterway
Gondola highway
Gondola highway
Calm reflection
Calm reflection

Along the way, I saw some interesting windows.

Shuttered balconies
Shuttered balconies
Planted view
Planted view
Shabby chic
Shabby chic
Love those shutters!
Love those shutters!
Tree-mendous
Tree-mendous

And quite a few narrow lanes and passages:

A dead-end, unless you have a boat waiting
A dead-end, unless you have a boat waiting
Joined together
Joined together
Wide enough for one person
Wide enough for one person
This one is just over six feet tall
This one is just over six feet tall

Along the way, I came to some of the popular buildings and attractions, where I popped in and took some photos. Several of the attractions had signs prohibiting photography but the signs seemed to be generally ignored. Some people were brazen about it, even using flash photography. If I did any ‘sneak photography’, at least I set the camera to ‘no flash’.

Amongst the ‘no photography’ locations was St. Mark’s Basilica. There was a very long line to get in, but it moved fairly quickly. There was no admission fee for the Basilica itself, but the upstairs museum and viewing balcony had a 5 Euros admission fee.

Inside the Basilica
Inside the Basilica
Four life-size horses that were plundered from Constantinople in 1204 by Christian crusaders
Four life-size horses that were plundered from Constantinople in 1204 by Christian crusaders
Inside the Basilica
Inside the Basilica
St. Mark's Square, viewed from the Basilica
St. Mark’s Square, viewed from the Basilica

Twice a day, the Scuola Grande allows free admission into a very impressive building containing magnificent artworks – Scuola Grande website. I just happened to be passing by during the afternoon’s free admission period. No photos are permitted inside:

One of the ceilings in the Scuola Grande
One of the ceilings in the Scuola Grande
Another section of ceiling
Another section of ceiling
One of the many wooden sculptures that adorn the walls around the second floor
One of the many wooden sculptures that adorn the walls around the second floor
A huge painting (Passion of the Christ??) that fills the width of one room
A huge painting (Passion of the Christ??) that fills the width of one room

I took over 260 photos today and can’t share them all. Here are a few more random shots that I took.

A jester mascot mounted to a gondola
A jester mascot mounted to a gondola
I liked the look of this door on a canal. The wood at the bottom is rotting, whilst the  wear and tear on the rest of the door gives it an appearance of reflected water. And the plants growing out of the windows give a final touch to it.
I liked the look of this door on a canal. The wood at the bottom is rotting, whilst the wear and tear on the rest of the door gives it an appearance of reflected water. And the plants growing out of the windows give a final touch to it.
A view of the Giudecca shoreline, taken from Dorsoduro
A view of the Giudecca shoreline, taken from Dorsoduro
A mannequin decorated with Murano glass beads
A mannequin decorated with Murano glass beads

It was a long day of walking today, as I avoided the water-bus and did it all on foot for about seven hours. I started out walking through the Canneregio district and made my way down to San Marco. From there, I crossed the bridge and covered a lot of the Dorsoduro district before heading through San Polo and San Croce back to the bust terminal.

I haven’t decided what to do tomorrow. The bus to Venice doesn’t start running until 12.25pm, so I may go for a drive to a nearby town instead.

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