Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Ca D’Oro on the Grand Canal in Venice

The Rialto markets were busily being set up when we passed through them early this morning, on Friday 28 September. It was interesting watching them use a crane to unload the heavy pallets of fruit and vegetables from the barge up to the landing dock. Fish were being set up on ice, people were very busy working hard.

My aim that morning was to see the fabulous Ca D’Oro again. It’s my favorite building along the whole of the Grand Canal. After photographing it, we took a traghetto across to it. Then we went inside. It is open from 8.15am and costs five euros to enter. Money very well spent. I haven’t been for many years, but now plan to go back there on my next trip in April next year. The ancient tapestries are beautiful, as are the paintings, some by Titian and Tiepoplo. There is a beautiful little courtyard as well.



After cappuccino and brioche, we took another traghetto across to San Polo and enjoyed looking in store windows and inside churches as we passed them by.

Returning to our hotel later on we encountered the Acqua Alta over many parts of San Marco. It took us quite a while to get back, as we had to make detours and go around different calle that usually take us straight to where we want to go.

We went to Campo San Luca for lunch, then did some more window shopping – always a fun and interesting activity in Venice. For two euros each, we took a vaporetto across to the San Giorgio church and went up the elevator of the bell tower (for three euros) to look at the views.

Dinner was at our little Campo San Provolo restaurant, Trattoria da Nino, as usual. Then we walked home past the Suve supermarket, stopping in to pick up some Baci chocolate and a bottle of Amaretto for the Aunts we were to visit the next day.

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