HOTEL NOTE: I mentioned in part one my love of apartment renting, but if this isn't your style, there are still some fantastic hotels in this charming neighborhood, like the Hotel Galleria and many others.
|Santa Maria della Salute|
Every year Venice celebrates its Biennale. On even years their theme is architecture and on odd years like 2015, they recognize the newest and brightest stars in the art world. The traditional grounds located in Giardini Pubblici (the Public Gardens), have the old World's Fair feeling to them with pavilions from over 40 countries participating.
This is the 56th International Art Exhibition. There were some pretty odd exhibits.
Or take a look at Great Britian's exhibit. Yes, that is a cigarette. And there were many sculptures similar to this in their pavilion. I guess the theme is "blowing smoke out of one's ass?"
Dizzy Note! Be cautious - there were many "dizzying rooms". The floor, the walls and the ceiling were painted like this.
Or check out this cafe. I could only stay a short while.
But I loved Japan's contribution titled Key In The Hand.
|Key In The Hand|
Or check of France's art instillation. (Note: if viewing this in an email and you cannot see the following vid go to www.thedizzytraveler.com website and you will be able to see it.)
We were so startled when we first saw this...it felt like we were on Candid Camera. But they also have "pop-up" exhibits all over the city, many of them with free admission.
Here I guess the artist wanted to celebrate Bette Davis in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
There was also the Glasstress Exhibit at the Palazzo Cavalli.
Tip! The least expensive way to get to this island is by the vaporetto (the water bus). They offer tickets that are good for one ride, there's a 24 hour card, a 48 hour, a 72 hour or a 7 day card. Venice is a walking town. So unless you are going to outlying islands, I'd skip the vaporetto all together. But if you want to head out to Murano, Burano, or Torcello, my suggestion is to get the 24 hour card. It's $20 and you can hop on and hop off of any vaporretti you wish. You can buy a card at machines (which can be a bit confusing) or from a teller at most of the water bus stops. Just make sure you place your card up to the entry signal and wait till you hear it beep before you enter the boat. You don't want to be caught without doing that, there's a fine. Pick one day when the weather's nice and do all of your island hopping and end up with a stunning nighttime ride down the Grand Canal. Or if you'd rather go on a guided tour check-out Viator's Half-Day Sightseeing Tours. For only $22.27 they'll take you to all three islands.
We darted in and out of stores and museums full of Murano glass. And then there was this stunning outdoor piece.
After a quick lunch we decided to head back to Venice and leave both Burano known for its beautiful pastel buildings and intricate handmade laces, and Torcello - the oldest and original settlement of Venetians in the lagoons populated with their flamingos, for another trip. Speaking of food, just one canal over from our apartment was Ristorante Terrazza del Casin dei Nobili. We enjoyed its waterfront location along the Zattere , the delicious food and great service so much, we went 3 times during our week-long trip.
|Ristorante Terrazza del Casin dei Nobili|
And another the amazing fresh artichoke salad...
And one visit, just a simple but delicious pizza...
Another night we were excited to enjoy some Verdi, I mean he is Venice's hometown musical genius. So we went to the Chiesa (Church) San Vidal and enjoyed a stunning Verdi concert. I thought it was going to be good, but these musicians were fantastic. Truly awesome.
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There were so many museums we explored this trip including the Gallerie Accademia and the Palazzo Fortuny.
|Sofa-size painting at the Fortuny|
I also revisited a restaurant that I had been to 3 years ago, Caffe Centrale.
The restaurant felt more elegant, the service was on point but the waiters never felt like they were hovering, and the food was sublime.
|Amazing assortment of breads|
Chunks of tenderloin with potato mousse
One afternoon while sipping a glass of wine on our terrace, I heard a gondola splashing by and faint accordion music playing. I leaned over and watched as a really cute couple actually got married "in" a gondola on our canal. Talk about romantic! When it was clear the ceremony was over and the officiant popped open a bottle of champagne, I leaned over the balcony, held up my glass to them and shouted...
Complimenti e buona fortuna!