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I have finally made it through all my photos from Venice! If you missed last week’s post, I had the first part of my tour of Venice, and while all the views are pretty incredible (how many other cities sit on canals?), I honestly didn’t love Venice. The city catered to tourists way more than the other cities we visited in Italy, and the crowds made me feel claustrophobic around Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace. And this was during the shoulder season, so I can’t imagine how crowded it gets during the actual tourist season!
That being said, I did love taking tons of photos of all the beautiful views! (Though I did have to be patient and wait my turn to get a good photo in the most crowded parts). Picking up from last week’s post on my tour of Venice, my friends and I had a leisurely morning stroll through the streets of Venice until we got to Piazza San Marco.
Instead of taking a (very expensive gondola ride), you should try Row Venice! I really loved our experience with them, and you actually get to learn how to row a historic batellina boat!
The gelato was a little more expensive in Venice than everywhere else we went, but it was still delicious!
The Basilica San Marco was beautiful! We didn’t get to go inside the basilica or the Doge’s Palace, but even the views outside were pretty incredible! The Piazza San Marco was very crowded and I was wary of pick pockets (thankfully nothing happened), so we tried to take a few photos and then move on.
The Doge’s Palace
Isn’t the artwork incredible??
The Bridge of Sighs is a famous bridge in Venice where convicts would cross and sigh as they got their last glimpse of Venice before going to prison
We got to see a boat race! Our rower Elena from Row Venice had told us that she would be racing, but we didn’t see her
Since I went to Venice with some college friends who were art majors, we went to the Damien Hirst “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” exhibit. I will say, I have never seen anything like it before. I prefer classic art like impressionism so I wasn’t the best audience for this exhibit, but if you like modern art, you should check out this exhibit.
There’s a background to the exhibit that a reviewer sums up best: “There is a very involved story behind the exhibition: a freed 1st-century slave named Cif Amotan II amassed a fortune, built an incredible collection of art and artifacts, and then lost it all when the ship ferrying it—with the Greek name Apistos, or Unbelievable, hence the show’s name: “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”—to a private museum sank under the sea. Some works in the exhibition, Hirst claims, have been dredged up from the deep, and they are adorned with the barnacles, patination, and coral growth to prove it. Others are exhibition copies—enlargements or renderings of works that have been damaged in some way.”
So Damien Hirst created these pieces of art and created the barnacles and everything, and then put them in the ocean and recorded how they “discovered” them in the ocean. I was a little disappointed how they didn’t have much of the video on display because I was more interested in how they got these GIANT pieces of art in and out of the ocean. And since these statues are so massive, they’re split up into two different exhibits, but one ticket will get you into both.
This can give you a feel for how MASSIVE these statues are
After the first exhibit, we wandered around a bit and over to the second exhibit. I would definitely suggest using Google Maps because it was a little hard to find.
We got to the second exhibit, and I honestly thought the building itself was more impressive than the statues (I can’t help it, I just love old buildings!). The second exhibit also had fewer pieces than the first, so if you only have time for one, I would suggest going to the first. Unless you’re obsessed with old, beautiful buildings like me.
Can I get that floor in my apartment??
This statue was MASSIVE! It was three stories tall, without the head
I had a closer view of the Rialto Bridge on the last post, and it was just as pretty further away
I mentioned in my last post how disappointed I was about the food in Venice. I’ve honestly had better “Italian” food at Olive Garden. BUT, Hostaria da Noni restored my faith in finding good food in Venice! Every single dish we had was delicious, especially the chocolate cake! The waitress was also very friendly and helpful. But it is a pretty small restaurant, so it might be hard to get a table if you have a large party. Even having four people was a bit of a squeeze.
My next posts will be on the islands of Murano and Burano, which I enjoyed more than Venice, even though it rained most of the time. Stay tuned for lots more photos! 🙂