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.
Along the way, I saw some interesting windows.
And quite a few narrow lanes and passages:
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.
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:
I took over 260 photos today and can’t share them all. Here are a few more random shots that I took.
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.