Venice! all i can say is wow, wow, wow, wow!
everywhere you turn it’s just beautiful!
very busy day!
started saturday with a wander through st marks square to breakfast at cafe florian. open since 1720 it’s the oldest continuously operating coffee house in the world and is absolutely stunning.
next up was a 3 hour walking tour with an absolutely brilliant guide!
took in st marks basilica which has been around in one iteration or another since the 11the century and is astounding inside.
from there it was through to doge’s palace, founded in 1340. words cannot describe how amazing this place is! home to the largest room in europe with no columns and the largest canvas in the world. it’s just ... incredible!
short walk to the piraeus lion, 3m (9ft) high solid marble statue. originally sculpted in 360bc and standing at the piraeus harbour entrance to athens, looted in 1687.
on to a short bus ride. but public transport here is not what i’m used to, the “bus” is actually a boat! across the lagoon and up the grand canal to our next event, the quintessential venice experience ...
it takes 7 different types of wood and 280 hand carved pieces to make a gondolas. there are only 433 gondolieri and they require extensive testing! licenses are passed down the family, our gondolieri was 4th generation
on to another venice staple, especially during carnivale season ... masks!
now yes, you can get masks everywhere in venice. however there are fewer than 10 shops that still make their own masks in a traditional fashion, most of the masks are mass produced tat. so off to venice masks by alberto scarria, handmade since 1986! in my opinion the best mask shop in venice . ironically i then got a non-traditional one-off collaboration mask with resin instead of paint meanwhile anna got a mask made specifically for her that day!
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