Here are a few shots of the stunning architecture you will encounter around every corner in Venice. Known as Venetian Gothic, it is typically a combination of the Byzantine style of that era, influences of Moorish Spain, and of course early forms of Gothic architecture from around Italy.
There is much more to Venice than just canals and Gondolas, as this post will clearly prove. The Gran Teatro La Fenice (Great Theatre of The Phoenix) was not originally on our itinerary, but happenchance and curiosity led us through the doors. As I now understand, La Fenice is one of the most famous operatic theatres in Europe, and the meaning of its name derives from it having risen from the ashes – as does a phoenix when reborn – following a fire that destroyed the original theatre, San Benedetto, in 1774. Unfortunately, for opera lovers, the theatre was once more destroyed by fire in 1836, and yet again in 1996, the latter being caused by arsonists. In 2001 La Fenice was reopened after a reconstruction costing approximately £90m. Discovering the marvel of its interior was worth every cent of the 9 Euro admission fee.
Here are a few shots of Venetian carnival masks which are impossible to miss on the streets of Venice. An ancient tradition, the masks are normally worn during the carnival of Venice which apparently is not to be missed. The masks were historically used to hide social standing so that all levels of society could converse or even flirt freely without being judged. The carnival takes place annually during February/March.
Here are a few night shots of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. The bridge is the oldest canal crossing and was completed during 1591. To date, it is one of Venice’s most renowned and popular architectural symbols.
Here are a few shots taken in the Gino Mazzuccato glass making factory on the island of Murano, located about a mile north of Venice. The Murano glassmakers are renowned for producing some of the most important brands of glass worldwide. Having originally being located on Venice, the glassmakers were ordered by the government in 1291 to move to Murano owing to the increased risk of fire to Venice’s infrastructure, which was predominantly constructed of wood. Should you ever visit Venice then it is likely that Murano will form part of your itinerary.
My girlfriend and I recently visited Venice for a long weekend, which was a first for both of us. Being one of the most renowned places to visit in Europe, I was naturally keen to take my camera and take full advantage of the sights on offer – and take advantage I did, with nearly 1500 pictures taken over a 3 day period. My first post, which will be one of many over the next few months, was taken from the top of San Marco tower, providing stunning views of the city. Unlike the first two days which were hot and sunny, the conditions were somewhat overcast, not that I am complaining. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Venice, do not hesitate – it may not be one of the cheapest destinations, but the sights and native Venetians make it a must.