Venice! What a glorious spot. It is in fact one of my favorite places anywhere; I call it “the heart of the world.” And the heart of Venice? That’s Piazza San Marco, a big public “square” (i.e., trapezoid) with Basilica San Marco and all its breathtaking mixing of architectural styles on one end and the large columns and windows of the Procuratie Vecchie complex, which includes the Correr Museum, shops, restaurants, and fine coffee shops like the Caffe Lavena, wrapping around the other sides. Here are a few snapshots of the piazza at sunset I found on an old roll recently. These were taken from in front of the basilica and from its balcony.
Venice, Day 2: Campanile di San Marco
On day two of my December 2015 trip Venice, I went to the top of the San Marco bell tower when it first opened. The air was crisp and foggy, but the fog quickly burned off as I snapped my photos.
Venice Day 2: Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy. Is there a lovelier city on the planet? Not to me! And in Venice, is there a lovelier spot than the Piazza San Marco? On the second day on my trip last December after my climb up the campanile, I snapped some photos around the gorgeous square, just a few short blocks from my apartment.
Venice, Palazzo Ducale
If there is a more breathtaking view than walking out of the ticket area into the Palazzo Ducale courtyard just off of the Piazza San Marco, then... I will eat (a delicious piece of cake in the shape of) my hat. The Doge's Palace is often overrun with tourists, but with good reason: it is truly a must-see destination. It's a glorious mix of late-medieval and renaissance architectures in ways that only Venice could devise.
Venice, Day 5: Giardinetti Reali
On day 5 of my Venetian adventures in December 2015, I visited the Giardinetti Reali. It's a wonderful little oasis of calm and greenery, steps away from the wild humanity of Piazza San Marco. The last time I was there the park was overrun delightfully with cats. The cats now though are all gone, as they are gone from every corner of Venice...