Romantic Italy: Venice (Part 2)

San Marco and promenade in Dorsoduro

An easy walk west of St Mark’s square, we found Venice’s upscale shopping area in San Marco neighborhood with brand names like Giorgio Armani, Prada, etc. on Salizada San Moise, Calle Zaguri and nearby. A little further west we crossed Ponte dell Academia (Academia Bridge) and came to the promenade in Dorsoduro neighborhood on the north shore of Canal della Giudecca.

Chiesa di San Moise on Salizada San Moise was built in the 8th-Century

Chiesa di San Moise on Salizada San Moise was built in the 8th-Century

Street musician performing wine glasses-It sounded unexpectedly good

Street musician performing wine glasses-It sounded unexpectedly good

Buildings on Salizada San Moise

Buildings on Salizada San Moise

Promenade in Dorsoduro-Turret of Dogana di Mare (far left) and boats on Canal Guidecca

Promenade in Dorsoduro-Turret of Dogana di Mare (far left) and boats on Canal Guidecca

A smaller canal off Canal Giudecca

A smaller canal off Canal Giudecca

On the Promenade looking to the west

On the Promenade looking to the west

Restaurants on the promenade and Island Giudecca across the canal

Restaurants on the promenade and Island Giudecca across the canal

A large cruise ship sailing into Canal Guidecca from the west

A large cruise ship sailing into Canal Guidecca from the west

Ca d’Oro and street market on Strada Nuova Market

Ca d'Oro elegantly rises on north bank of Grand Canal

Ca d'Oro elegantly rises on north bank of Grand Canal


Ca d’Oro (or House of Gold) is a splendid Gothic palace built by Contarini Family in 1430’s, a powerful Venetian family that produced several Venetian doges. Now a beautiful museum, Ca d’Oro was designed by Giovanni and his son, Bartolomeo Bon. It is located near Rialto Bridge in San Polo neighborhood where we stayed and could be seen from our hotel, Hotel San Cassiano Ca’Favretto, across Grand Canal.
Elegant tracery arcade on balcony!

Elegant tracery arcade on balcony!

Exhilarating view of Grand Canal from Ca d’Oro’s balcony looking to the west (the red building across is our hotel)

Exhilarating view of Grand Canal from Ca d’Oro’s balcony looking to the west (the red building across is our hotel)

View of Grand Canal from Ca d’Oro (looking to the east, the building with arches and red shades is the Rialto Fish Market)

View of Grand Canal from Ca d’Oro (looking to the east, the building with arches and red shades is the Rialto Fish Market)

Garden

Garden

Colonaded courtyard on ground floor

Colonaded courtyard on ground floor

Ground floor decked by colorful mosaic

Ground floor decked by colorful mosaic

Mouth watering sweets at a bakery shop

Mouth watering sweets at a bakery shop


Strada Nuova, that marks Ca d’Oro’s northern end, is a busy street filled with shops housed in buildings or booths in the middle of the street where ones finds inexpensive goods from souvenirs, toys to daily basics including kitchen wares, shoes and underwear.
A boy mesmerized by the colorful playthings

A boy mesmerized by the colorful playthings

Somehow Mc Donald found its way into Venice

Somehow Mc Donald found its way into Venice

Teatro La Fenice

Main entrance

Main entrance


Teatro La Fenice, Venice’s Opera and Concert House, is located the in San Marco neighborhood.
Souvenir shop

Souvenir shop

The main theater is sumptuous

The main theater is sumptuous

Delightful auditorium

Delightful auditorium

La Fenice sharing crowded space with many other buildings-This is the back of the building on a minor canal

La Fenice sharing crowded space with many other buildings-This is the back of the building on a minor canal

Chiesa di San Maurizio (Church of San Maurizio)

Church of San Maurizio at Campo San Maurizio

Church of San Maurizio at Campo San Maurizio


After Teatro La Fenice we rambled westward through San Marco neighborhood and found Campo San Maurizio on the path. This neoclassical building from 1820s is now a Vivaldi-related baroque music museum with an interesting collection of musical instruments.
Violins

Violins

Lyre guitar

Lyre guitar

Campo Santo Stefano

Sauntering on through a narrow passage by the left side of San Maurizio, we found ourselves at a large open square, Campo Santo Stefano.

A gallery between Campo San Maurizio and Campo Santo Stefano

A gallery between Campo San Maurizio and Campo Santo Stefano

Some remarkable building on the south end of the square -Palazzo Loredan, Church of San Vidal and Palazzo Franchetti(counter clockwise from the right)

Some remarkable building on the south end of the square -Palazzo Loredan, Church of San Vidal and Palazzo Franchetti(counter clockwise from the right)

Erected in the center is a monument to Nicolo' Tommaseo (1802 - 1874) who was an Italian linguist, journalist and essayist. The building on the right is the church of San Stefano.

Erected in the center is a monument to Nicolo' Tommaseo (1802 - 1874) who was an Italian linguist, journalist and essayist. The building on the right is the church of San Stefano.

Lunching and people watching, we had our much needed break at a restaurant on the square

Lunching and people watching, we had our much needed break at a restaurant on the square

From this couple of musicians came beautiful and relaxing classic tunes

From this couple of musicians came beautiful and relaxing classic tunes

entrance to Palazzo Franchetti (Its main façade is on Grand Canal)

entrance to Palazzo Franchetti (Its main façade is on Grand Canal)

Gondola Ride at Last

After Campo San Stefano, we came to a gondola station adjoining Hotel Bauer Palazzo on Grand Canal. Realizing our timing won’t work out for a group ride that would include champagne and serenading, we had to alter our plan and booked an individual gondola ride for right then. The 45 minute ride started off the first minor canal west of Hotel Bauer Palazzo, traveled counterclockwise through some minor canals in San Marco neighborhood and maybe Castello, merged onto St Mark’s Basin from somewhere east of St Mark’s square and finally returned to the same gondola station on Grand Canal. It proved to be a marvelous ride for swaying across Venice’s maze-like narrow water passages off its main waterways revealed unrivaled Venetian charm.

We ran into the Wine-Glass musician again-this time with his collaborators

We ran into the Wine-Glass musician again-this time with his collaborators

On our hired gondola with our driver

On our hired gondola with our driver

Going under a bridge

Going under a bridge

Slowing down at this narrow point and passing carefully

Slowing down at this narrow point and passing carefully

Funny pigeon holes on the wall

Funny pigeon holes on the wall

It seemed most gondola drivers on this route know each other. They greeted or hollered at each other when passing by.

It seemed most gondola drivers on this route know each other. They greeted or hollered at each other when passing by.

This building had the honor of accommodating Mozart when he was in Venice

This building had the honor of accommodating Mozart when he was in Venice

Busy cross road

Busy cross road

This spot was so crowded we came to a standstill for a minute or two

This spot was so crowded we came to a standstill for a minute or two

Palazzo Salviati across from Hotel Bauer Palazzo

Palazzo Salviati across from Hotel Bauer Palazzo

San Giorgio Maggirone

San Giorgio Maggirone from the gondola

San Giorgio Maggirone from the gondola

San Giorgio Maggirone’s main facade

San Giorgio Maggirone’s main facade

San Giorgio Maggirone

San Giorgio Maggirone

Santa Maria della Salute from San Giorgio Maggirone

Santa Maria della Salute from San Giorgio Maggirone

Yacht harbor by San Giorgio Maggirone

Yacht harbor by San Giorgio Maggirone

Italian food is yummy

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