Italy 2006

Venezia, Veneto: 18-21 June

  Between Urbino and Venezia, we stopped and had lunch at the Abbazia de Pomposa. This was once a flourishing community but it was wiped out by malaria. This is part of the cloister.
  An exterior detail.
  We had lunch by this lake. The bridge used to carry the main road from Ravenna to Venezia, which went past the Abbey, but the road has been diverted and now the bridge carries pedestrians between the car park and the Abbey.

As always, we enjoyed our stay in Venice: there is no other city like it. Decaying and decrepit in places, but quite unique.
  Our favourite part of Venice: Campo Santa Margherita in the Dorsoduro. It's off the main tourist track, and has some local life.
  A palazzo on the Grand Canal.
  And by night.
  Sunset on a side canal in Dorsoduro.
  Street in a quiet part of Venice.
  Venetian street. Note the blessed absence, not only of cars, but also of traffic signs.
  Salute church seen from under the Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal.
  A closer view of Salute at dusk.
  They can't sell vegetables off the back of a truck in Venice, so they sell them from a boat.
  St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco, if you want to get technical).
  The Golden Staircase in the Doge's Palace.
  A modest and understated ceiling in the Doge's Palace.
  Salute again, with a cruise ship leaving Venice.
  View from St Mark's waterfront across to San Giorgio.
  St Mark's Square by night.
  With the gondolas waiting for custom.
  And a stall selling tourist tack souveniers, also waiting for custom.
  Even by day, the gondoliers can wait around.
  A canal on the island of Murano, traditionally the home of Venetian glass-making.
  Another view on Murano.

One of our days in Venice, we caught a bus to Padua, where we had a booking to see the frescos in the Scrovegni Chapel. These were very special, but no photos are allowed. But we took pictures of the market and another church.
  The outdoor fruit market.
  And the indoor meat and food market.
  The church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (St John of the Hermits) was badly damaged by Allied bombing in 1944, which destroyed some magnificent frescos. There are some small photos on display....
  The church has this simple carving of the Madonna and Child.

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