They Don’t Drive Cars in Venice: Venice in Photographs

They Don’t Drive Cars in Venice: Venice in Photographs

Venice is a city like no other. Once a vast empire, it is now a cultural legacy. Every building, every canal is drenched in history, wanting to tell its story.

I spent a week in Venice and only scratched the surface.

All photos are mine 

VEnice Canal

This is probably my favorite picture I took in Venice, simply because it is a great representation of what Venice is. The bright colors of the buildings and the quintessential gondolas make me feel like I am standing on the bridge taking the picture all over again. This was about 500 feet from the little alleyway that led to our Airbnb and a couple of blocks from the Piazza San Marco

The above is a photo taken across from the famous Piazza San Marco, the principle public square of Venice. The Piazza San Marco hosts numerous famous sites such as the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of San Marco

Traditional Carnival masks are sold everywhere in Venice. The price can range from 3 Euros to 3,000+ Euros. (Pay special attention to my jet-lagged eyes. It was a long couple of days getting to Venice.) I was going to use this for my Halloween costume, but I realized after I bought it that I couldn’t drink alcohol while wearing the mask. I promptly bought a half mask to remedy the situation. 

Bocca di Leone– This is in front of the Doge’s Palace. The Doge was an elected representative of justice. Back in the day, if someone had a complaint or wanted to report criminal activity, they could anonymously put a letter into the mouth of this letter box. As a result, the Doge and his council would then go over all complaints. Many were addressed but many were also ignored. 

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The Giant’s Staircase– Deriving its name from the statues of Neptune and Mars at the top of the stairs, the Giant’s Staircase leads to the hall where the Doge was crowned. Due to the nature of the represented gods, the Statues of Neptune and Mars are supposed to represent the power Venice held across land and sea. According to the legend, the two statues were made so large in order to dwarf the figure of the Doge at his coronation. This was meant as a reminder that the Doge was a man like other men.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

A view from inside “The Bridge of Sighs” – “Ponte dei Sospiri.”  The bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison ‘Prigioni Nuove’ to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. .According to the legends, prisoners of Venice would sigh at their final view of the beautiful city through the window before being sentenced usually to death. 

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Murano, Venice, Italy. Less than a mile away from Venice, it is famous for its glass making. My aunt, uncle, and I were lucky enough to get personally invited to watch how glass is blown. Watching glass being made is one of the coolest things ever. I definitely recommend it. There are so many ways to manipulate glass into the most inventive shapes. One method involves blowing into a straw to make a bulb.

It seems that most of the studios are family owned and operated, passed down for generations. I was watching something that hasn’t changed much in the last couple of centuries. I loved the feeling; it felt like I watching history. Fortunately, history is my passion.  Unfortunately, It was so hot in the studio that it made me forget about history pretty quickly. I instantly regretted my layers, but I didn’t want to take them off because I also got the impression that I was the only girl under the age of 50 to visit the studio in a very long time.

Finally, this is an example of classic Venetian architecture from the 15th century. Located in Piazza San Marco, this building is still in use today as a museum. In the lower right-hand corner of this inner courtyard, you can see The Giant’s Staircase. 

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