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    Sunday, August 12, 2012

    Venice - one of Italy's most romantic destinations!

    Venice is indeed ravishing, feels like every crumbling building, evocative alley and sun-dappled square has been photographed, painted and sighed over by countless visitors.

    It will always remain in the traveler's heart as a fascinating piece of historic Italy and one of Italy's most romantic destinations.

    Vaporetto (water bus) - cruise the Grand Canal on the cheap.....marvel at the stately procession of sumptuous water palaces gazing majestically upon centuries of comings & goings.
    Left - relaxing in Hotel Vecellio

    Exploring Venice....

    St Mark's Square - was once the epicentre of the wealthiest & most powerful city in Europe, the crossroads to the medieval world's most fascinating places, a glorious homage to human ingenuity & faith in the merchant's skill.  Nothing compares with seeing St Mark's Basilica bathed in golden afternoon light, embracing a millennium of glorious history and gleaming facades.

    Dining in a Venetian busy restaurant - Porcini  Risotto & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad 

    Left - Ponte di Rialto, the busiest bridge in Venice.  Today, it is one of Venice's most-visited sights lined with souvenir kiosks & gondoliers touting for trade.

    Left - Campanile di San Marco & Clock Tower - The Tallest building in town.  Once at the top, you'll be rewarded with a jaw-dropping panorama of the city and, on a clear day, the Dolomites.

    Left - San Giorgio Maggiore (Island, Church & Open-air Theatre), this picturesque island, dominated by the 16th century church of San Giorgio Maggiore.

    The Bakerwoman - Coffee Talk at 11:35 AM 0 comments

    Wednesday, August 08, 2012

    Piazza della Signoria & Ponte Vecchio

    Piazza della Signoria - Florence's political hub since the 14th century......and one of Florence's must-see classics.  The square is also home to various other beautiful buildings - including the significant Tribunale della Mercanzia - as well as a number of stunning statues:  from Cellini's 'Perseus with the Head of Medusa'.


      Ponte Vecchio - Beautiful, bustling medieval bridge 
    Although originally home to butchers & fishmongers, the bridge's shops were occupied by goldsmiths in the late 16th century - and these remain to this day.  It is now one of the city's best places to find expensive jewelry, original artworks & tacky souvenirs.....

     Ponte Vecchio in the evening.......

     @Borgo San Lorenzo, we had Margherita Pizza,
     Left - Gnocchi Sorrenti, Middle - Pici Alla Fioren & Mochiatto

     Right - The Porcellino Fountain, a popular tradition has it that touching the snout of the boar will bring good fortune

     I love this cold Fusilli Pesto salad!


    Enjoying my Pilsner on my last evening in Florence.....

    The Bakerwoman - Coffee Talk at 10:11 PM 0 comments

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