From Austria, we took the Brenner Pass into Italy and into Venice. Venice is such an interesting city, with all the canals and no cars or bikes. Venice almost seems frozen in time. Unfortunately many of the buildings are vacant and are not maintained, but it’s still beautiful and you can just imagine how it must have felt during the Renaissance when it was thriving!
Vineyards outside Venice
Our lunch at the gas station – risotto, gnocchi, and wine – so much different from the lunch you would get at a gas station here!
The beautiful canals in Venice
Piazza San Marco – Basilica di San Marco on the left, Doge’s Palace on the right, and the lampposts with Venetian glass (the rose color is the first color the glass makers discovered how to produce).
Detail of the Basilica di San Marco – you can see the winged lion on the very top which is the symbol of Venice.
In front of the Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco
A Venetian mask shop
On our gondola ride
Views from our gondola cruise
The narrow streets of Venice
Pigments in an artist’s shop
The famous Venetian Bellinis
View of the gondolas across the Giudecca
Sunset in Venice
Meat for sale at the gas stations. At the GAS STATIONS! We couldn’t get over how amazing the gas stations were.