Day 32 – Venezia

The Biennale opens at 11am, so I thought I’d take some time to look around the neighborhood. It is not at all upscale. This building sits right across the canal from where I’m staying. Right next door is the Church of the Madonna dell’Orto, built in the mid-1400s.

Day 34 – Venezia

This morning I had a reservation with La Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua, a company founded in the 1700s in Venice that makes velvet on antique hand looms. Its origins go back several centuries earlier, as a scroll exists from 1499 that mentions “Giacomo Bevilacqua, weaver.” Finding the Tessitura took me to a part of Venice I …

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Day 33 – Burano and Torcello

It’s very windy and cold today. I’m headed out over the lagoon to the island of Burano. Burano is known for its brightly colored houses. The colors indicate divisions between properties. They are not intended to allow fishermen to find their own houses after drinking at the bar.

Day 31 – Venezia

Arriving today in Venice at around 11am, I headed toward my lodging to drop off my luggage. I purposely chose a very low key location to avoid the massive crowds. I’m staying in a former monastery connected with the Madonna dell’Orto Church in the Cannaregio District. Facilities are simple and quiet. It’s out of the …

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Day 29 – Padova

Back to the markets this morning. Padova’s markets take over two main piazzas, the Piazza dei Frutta and the Piazza delle Erbe, one selling produce, the other clothing. Under the arcades are butcher shops, cheese shops, and shops selling all kinds of regional food specialties. Archaeological finds show that this area was once a central …

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