|View of Palazzo Ducale & San Marco Church from the Lagoon|
Hands down, Venice was my favourite city of Italy. It seemed when I headed Northward I enjoyed the character of the people and the towns more so. The entire Veneto region was a treat and had an equally as interesting Renaissance past as Florence did. In fact, these two cities were often in artistic competition together and names were definitely exchanged over their history, and that’s just between the artists!
The Palazzo Ducale, located on the San Marco Square, provides an interesting stroll through the apartments, historical rooms and its impressive works of art and architecture. In each room there is something different to observe and each fresco, mural and room tells various tales of Venice gone by.
|Courtyard inside Palazzo|
One sliver of advice that I want to give, among my cake of caution, is that you purchase your tickets online and make an appointment for your party to visit (even if you are going alone). The lines are long most days and the Summer heat, or the Fall & Spring showers may overwhelm you. The same advice goes for the adjoining church of San Marco. Donate half a day or so to take a leisurely stroll through the palace and the prisons.
|Carvings from prisoners – “1899” here is carved into the stone.|
During my trip I had initially toured the palace with a class of 20 art history students. Due to “near” starvation another student and I grabbed some panini from across the Square. These were terrible, mainly because the Italians seem to think that tourists like microwaved prosciutto and arugula. They may be correct, however, because my colleague seemed to order more of these soggy sheets of bread throughout our trip. It really did baffle me, but I think it was the relatively cheap cost of it that appealed to the majority of students. As a self proclaimed foodie, I tried to follow my own motto as much as I could: Never sacrifice the integrity of your taste buds. Especially when you’re in Italy, you wouldn’t think my motto would be difficult to uphold.
|Two Saints with Mandolin and Book|