Travel: Venice, Italy Day 2

Today was a great day of exploration and quiet discoveries.  Incredible art and sculptures on display for only a few Euros while other venues are sold out at outrageous prices.

On the down side, we experienced our first human gridlock.  Hordes of visitors and tour groups overwhelmed many passages and narrow corridors along with smaller Compos, small squares.

On the upside…the food has been delicious, everywhere.  Today’s lunch was a nice mixed salad and an off-the-charts spaghetti with baby clams in a light butter and olive oil with garlic and chopped chives.  A chocolate tart and a tiramisu helped finish off the last hunger pangs…along with a 1/2 liter of white wine!

We won’t overwhelm you with pictures but here are some we liked from today along with a surprise.

Tomorrow is our last full day before we make our way to an airport hotel for our early flight home Tuesday and back to reality!

Love to all!


Light traffic on the Grand Canal.
Waiting for customers near the Academia Bridge.
We liked this view.
By mid day, many of the canals had no sidewalks that were not flooded. Foot traffic was “rerouted” causing crowding in many areas.

Frari Church (Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari) filled most of our afternoon.  It is a massive church filled with artwork by artists like Donatello, Bellini, Titian and dozens more.  It is like visiting several museums all at once.

Here are just a few of our favorites.

The Assumption 1516-1518, by Tiziano Vecellio.
Madonna with Child, 1339 by Paolo Veneziano.
Thirteen century Crucifix.
Madonna with Child and Saints by Giovanni Bellini, 1488
14th century choir stalls.

2 thoughts on “Travel: Venice, Italy Day 2”

  1. I’ve heard flooding can be bad in the fall. We did not experience any high water in early October. We too went to the Frari Church. Too late now but I highly recommend the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, called Tintoretto’s Sistine Chapel of Venice. They supply mirrors to spare your neck from looking up at the fresco. We went there while waiting for the Frari Church to open. I love Venice!

  2. Flooding in Venice and rocks sticking up through the low water on the Rhine, Danube and Main Rivers! Ain’t Nature wonderful?
    I,too, highly recommend the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

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