Italy 2007 travel blog

Courtyard of Church at Campo Santo Stefano

Alley art

Tourists and pigeons in Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco from up in the Bell Tower

Looking west from Bell Tower (the green area far right is the...

Looking northwest from Bell Tower

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, from the Bell Tower

Water spout near Campo San Angelo

A lot of doorways have these kinds of faces above them

Cistern at Campo S. Vio

Unexpected problem with Venice: mosquitos! Apparently they get even worse in July & August. Other than that, I'm enjoying myself here.

On Friday morning, I took these photos from up in the Bell Tower -- that was the best 6 euros I've spent here, what an amazing view of Venice (the same way it is worth it to go up the Empire State Bldg when you're in NYC). Then I went to St Mark's Basilica (the church in Piazza San Marco). It's smaller than Notre Dame but much more ornate. The floor alone is worth seeing -- incredibly detailed inlaid marble. No charge for admission, but you pay to go to some areas. I paid to see the Treasury, which has art pieces made from gold, rubies, emeralds, etc and also relics (bones & other body parts) from bygone important officials. Also paid to look at a gold altar screen.

Friday night I went to one of the contemporary dance shows. It was at the Teatro Malibran, which is a gorgeous 17th century theatre. The show was great & I had a good seat. It was a Korean company called the Laboratory Dance Project .. a really high energy, fun to watch performance. (In contrast to the dance show I saw Sunday, which was more the moody, incomprehensible style of modern dance, by an Italian company)

Saturday I went to Arsenale to see more of the Biennale (next entry).

Then Sunday, I went to the Peggy Guggenheim museum. PG lived in Venice the last 30 years of her life, in a palace on the grand canal. She opened a museum in her home, and after her death the Guggenheim foundation bought a building next door to house her modern art collection (art from the first half of the 20th century) and her former home is used for contemporary art exhibits.

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