Remarkable & romantic Venice

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Mar 16, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Thursday, July 24, 2008

IMH: The route from Munich to Venice was nothing short of breathtaking! We drove through some of the most beautiful Austrian landscapes that also took us to St Johann in Tirol for a short stop and just enough time to stroll through the town. The route between Munich and St Johann has endless views of rolling green hills, authentic wooden houses decorated with bright summer flowers and squares of vineyards and some very impressive mountain ranges, many still capped with snow. Unfortunately we lost al the photos taken in St Johann due to a misunderstanding on what photos were downloaded from the memory card and they all were deleted (it's actually my fault)... to cut a long story short, we were there and it was beautiful.
We were filled with anticipation on-route to Venice, with origins dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries when barbarian invasions forced the Vento's inhabitants to seek refuge on the lagoon islands known to day as Venice. To our surprise, the camp site we were staying at was really comfortable and felt like a holiday resort, with a welcomed pool as we arrived at the peak of their summer, a restaurant and shop on-site, albeit a little out of town.
We had two days to spend in this wonderful city (which has a map that looks like a big fish), and decided just to forget the map and walk and explore, passing the many churches and chapels in the city, while getting terribly lost. Venice is a hauntingly beautiful city. At every turn you're assailed by unforgettable images - tiny bridges crossing narrow canals, delivery barges jostling shiny black gondolas and bus loads of tourists posing under flocks of pigeons.
"Piazza San Marco beautifully encapsulates the splendour of Venice's past and its tourist fuelled present. Flanked by the arcaded Procuratie Vecchie and Procuratie Nuove, it's filled for much of the day with tourists, pigeons, balloon-vendors and policemen. The 15th-century Torre dell'Orologio (clock tower) is impressive, but it's the Basilica di San Marco that draws all the attention. It was originally built to house the remains of San Marco (St Mark) and is an architectural salad of spangled spires, Byzantine domes, mosaics and marble." I have to be honest that it is not worth a two hour wait in the queue as it's not the most impressive church in Europe and I found it to be quite dark and sombre inside. The basilica's 99m freestanding campanile, however, is absolutely worth the wait and the 8 Euros entry, as Ryan's pictures proves - you enjoy the most amazing 360 views over Venice. 
Another way to enjoy Venice is by vaporetto (small passenger ferry) and we enjoyed the splendid views of the city on a trip around the city and along the Grand Canal which cuts through the city.
We were hoping to visit either the Galleria Dell'Accademia, one of Venice's top galleries boasting works by Bellini, Titian and other famous artists or the Sala del Maggior Consiglio dominated by Tintoretto's Paradiso (paradise), one of the worlds largest oil paintings measuring 22m by 7m. Unfortunately, we enjoyed getting lost so much that we decided to stroll round the city and joy the good Italian food and wine as apposed to visiting a gallery.
We thoroughly enjoyed Venice in all its romantic splendour!
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