“Ahhh, Venice”

Venice, Italy. June 2018 (14 photos)

This is Part 3 of my Italy 2018 photo series, and also Part 24 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

We leave Prague and return to Venice for the last time in this current seres.

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is actually built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals, including the Grand Canal which you see above.

“Slow life”

The absence of roads seemingly makes life feel a bit less stressed and slower in Venice. More time for that double espresso.

“Obligatory dead end photo”

The numerous dead ends invite casual exploration.

“The Bridge of Fists”

For generations from about 1600, rival clans would gather each year on small neighbourhood bridges without railings for fist fights with the goal of knocking their opponents into the cold sewage-laden canal below. These “Wars of the Fist” were frowned upon by the ruling Council of Ten, but tolerated as they were considered an improvement over the earlier tradition of fights with deadly sharpened sticks. The fights took place on several bridges in Venice, but the most famous fighting bridge is the Ponte dei Pugni (The Bridge of Fists) which you see above. Railings were installed on the bridge in “recent” years.

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there is a scene in which Indiana grabs a flower and gives it to Dr Schneider whilst crossing a bridge – you guessed it, the Bridge of Fists. Ahead and just to the right is the Chiesa di San Barnaba which I showed earlier and which also featured in the movie as a library where X marks the spot. The title of this post also comes from that movie. Behind us in the photo is my hotel in Venice. So I actually crossed this bridge quite regularly and fortunately (for them) most people made way for me whenever I crossed the Bridge of Fists.

“Serenity now”

“Above Venice”

“Attention to details”

A gate at the entrance to St Mark’s Campanile, a 16th-century square cathedral tower with an angel-topped spire & belfry which fortunately has an elevator to the top. That’s St Mark’s Basilica in the background.

“Death Alley”

Calle de la Morte, literally translates to “Death Alley”. This alley is near the Church of San Giovanni. According to legend, people that the governing Council of Ten in Venice wanted to “disappear” would be lured or tricked into this alley to be killed. Government-sanctioned murder, in essence. I was intrigued by the name when I came across this alley purely by chance. The details of the alley were discovered later.

“963A”

A chance find down some narrow alley.

“The Bridge of Sighs”

The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) is an enclosed bridge made of white limestone, passing over the Rio di Palazzo. It connects the New Prison (on the right) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace (on the left). It was built in 1600.

The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge’s name, given by Lord Byron as a translation from the Italian “Ponte dei sospiri” in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells.

“Sigh…”

“Real Venice”

Getting away from the tourist areas, you come to the more authentic areas of Venice where people live.

“Venetian Gold”

“Nightfall on Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute”

In 1630, Venice experienced a devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city’s deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the baroque style by Baldassarre Longhena. Construction began in 1631. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.

This is Part 3 of my Italy 2018 photo series.
This is Part 24 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

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Ahhh, Venice (3)

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71 thoughts on “Ahhh, Venice (3)

  1. The best thing about dead ends is that they force you to turn around and go back the way you came, and there’s usually something discovered that was missed the first time around. 🙂 Good to see you wandered deep into the labyrinth and found the real Venice. Beautiful work, as always.

    • Thank you very much. It’s very true, the other way is a completely different perspective. I like to experience an area away from the tourists when possible. The city takes on a different character out of the limelight.

  2. Ohh yes, I love real Venice, as I do all your doors (that askew green one!), arches, back alleys, The Sigh, and that one with your hotel (Serenity Now). ❤ Nicely full photos. I have never told this to anybody, but I wish to keep doing how I do it just with your gear and know-how. 😀 (No offence, please, just awkward praise.)

  3. What a grand tour of Venice and what a grand trip to Europe you had! 🙂 enjoyed every single shot here, Dragon. Made me wanna do it all over again… 🙂

  4. Lovely shot of the real Venice. Also loved that dead end. I’ve been reading crime novels set in Venice, and now I’ve begun to think of them as crossroads; you just change from boat to feet at these places.

    • Thank you very much. I think you’re right, for locals they are convenient pickup and drop off points. But from my point of view as a tourist with no boat, they’re interesting dead ends. 🙂

  5. Another lovely look at Italy. It seems each corner you turn has some kind of story. Death Alley sounds like it lives up to its name…all these names, bridges and alleys seem good points to meet up.

  6. That Green door is wonderfully wonky! Have to wonder what the rest of the inside is like. I have lived with wonky door frames and it is a devil of a job to get doors to fit 😉
    Love the “Attention to details” image.

    I don’t know if you get the programmes over in Australia or can see them online (no longer available on iPlayer, but I think there are some tasters on YouTube), but the Beeb did a series of documentary programmes on Italy’s Invisible Cities in 2017 including Venice. Fascinating stuff.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b088nl33/clips

    Recently they have done 3D explorations of Cairo, Istanbul and Athens. Oh, if only history lessons had been this enjoyable at school!
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bjj97g

    Again not sure you can view these from overseas. Please delete the links if they are no good. And thanks again for taking me back to these wonderful places.
    Jude xx

    • I took a closer look at the green door and tried to imagine what it looked like open. Yet the window above it is straight. I wish the door had opened whist I was there.
      Thanks for those links, Jude. They work. The one of Venice in 3D is fascinating and quite realistic when In compare it to my photos. I like how you can rotate and zoom as it is playing. The Secret Passages Tour of the Doge’s Palace I went on took me into all those rooms they mention including the torture chamber. I’m going to watch the others now.

  7. Venetian Gold! Simply heaven. 🙂 🙂 In the sorting/packing process I’ve looked at hundreds of old photos, and some of my very favourites are of Venice. Some day, when I’ve time… 🙂

    • It’s a wonderful place, isn’t it? So different to anywhere else. Next time I’ll stay longer and take less luggage. Not easy having 7 weeks worth of luggage in 3 bags and crossing 6 bridges (including over the Grand canal) to get to the train station. At least I allowed plenty of time, including a food stop to do it. LOL.

        • Tripod, laptop, 2 cameras and lenses in addition to everything else. I need to learn the art of packing light. But I made it without incident. 🙂 Yep, food and beverage – someplace I could take my luggage into.

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