April 13th, 2000 by alephnaught

The islands

For our last full day in Venezia, we took an afternoon cruise to three islands: Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano is famous for their glass works – we bought some nice gifts there (including one low priced vase for ourselves). Burano is famous for their lace making. Torcello is the oldest center of civil rule […]

April 12th, 2000 by alephnaught


We took a vaporetto to the tip of Dorsoduro, the Basilica di San Maria della Salute. Then, on to the Peggy Guggenheim and then ending at the Galleria dell Accademia, which has a huge painting collection and is most worthwhile to visit. After a hearty lunch at a trattoria with an old, energetic waitress, we […]

April 11th, 2000 by alephnaught

Walking and riding (sailing?) around Venice

The Ca’ d’Oro is a large art museum on the Grand Canal one stop north via Vaporetto No. 1 from the Rialto bridge. You get off at the Ca’ d’Oro stop and walk part way down the alley, er, street to the entrance. One of the famous pieces inside the museum is a painting of […]

April 10th, 2000 by alephnaught

St. Mark’s

Our hotel is right on a small canal, which explains why there is an odd odor when we open the window. However, its worth the odor to hear a guitar or accordion played on a passing gondola. We walked less than five minutes and spilled out onto St. Mark’s Square and Basilica. The square is […]

April 9th, 2000 by alephnaught

Training to Venice

We had a slow morning. While some work was being done by the rail line between Roma and Firenze, a World War II bomb was discovered. They decided to detonate it during the time our train was to arrive, so we were delayed two hours. But, we finally got our train and got to Venezia. […]