Venice Journals

Venice, Italy: Trip through history in a gondola!

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A May 1990 trip to Venice by susiejwp

The Bridge of Sighs Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: Venice, Italy, has to be the most beautiful, tragic, and fantastically historic city I have ever visited. Not only does it thrill the visitor with its historic beauty, but tugs the heart with its slow demise.

Murano

Attraction | "Glass from Murano"

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The sun through the windows into a rainbow of color and form. Never had I see such glitter and glow in one place! This store was fantastic! From the tiniest of hand blown curios to large vases and bowls, this shop has something for everyone, and for everyone's pocket as well! I was enthralled with the selection here, for though a small store it had an amazing selection and amazing prices as well! If you are looking for a bargain, pass by this shop; it is definitely priced on the high end of the scale, but I can assure you that the sheer beauty of the items on display when you return home will make you forget how truly pricey they really were. I also would be remiss if I did not mentio...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy

Murano

Attraction | "Venetian Glass- Murano"

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I am the first to admit I have developed a real appreciation and love for the fine art of Venetian glass, and visiting this shop only further cemented this love. Within the walls of this small shop lie some of the most beautifully wrought examples of Venetian art in the area. All colors of the spectrum dance around the walls of this shop while sunlight plays on the fine glass displayed upon its shelves. Once again I gave into the urge to purchase glass here. The choices were endless, fom the smallest of pieces to finely blown paper weights and glassware and finally to some of the most delicate and breathtaking examples of glassware I have ever seen! Even if I had had the budget or the inclin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy

Shopping for Souvenirs and More

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While in Venice I decided to purchase some of the hand embroidered items after spying some of the local handiwork on a small child. I introduced myself to this little girls mother who was kind enough to explain that her daughter's dress was hand embroidered and that similar items were available in certain souvenier shops. She explained that in order to find a shop that sold high-quality items I needed to check out what was in the window if there was a lot of "kitschy plastic" and "touristy" stuff I was to keep on walking but if the items displayed were unique and seemed to be one of a kind items then to go in and start my search. After using her guidelines I found a sweet little store not to far fr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2005

The Bridge of Sighs Photo, Venice, Italy
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Venice, Italy, to the newcomer seems to be a city in which time has stopped, with its fabulous influence by Michaelangelo, the awe-inspiring Byzantine architecture, and its remoteness from neighboring towns. For some reason, the mere thought that one must travel across even a small body of water to access this city gives it a flavor and ambience unique only to Venice. In fact, the ferry ride from the mainland to Venice only serves to set the stage for the wonderful step into Italy’s past, and what a fabulous past it is! One of the most famous historical places, and perhaps the best known in Venice, is The DOGES PALACE. The DOGES PALACE has had its share of transformations, due in large part ...Read More
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The marketplace is an area not to be missed, as although it is far from elegant and has not only fine art on display, but proof of the ravages of time and water, it is an experience one must see to fully appreciate the true personality of Venice. Visitors may observe, while seated in the marketplace enjoying a cold drink, many persons, from housewives doing their daily shopping to men talking animatedly on the corners, hands waving in true Italian style, to doe-eyed, dark-haired children chattering gaily as they skip along the streets in their colorful dress and typical shopkeepers happily displaying their wares hoping to make a sale. These shopkeepers were some of the friendliest I had ever encounter...Read More
Handblown glassware Photo, Venice, Italy
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When visiting Italy, specifically the Venice area, I was very much interested in purchasing some Murano glassware. For those of you who aren't familiar with this glassware, it is produced by talented craftsmen on a small island near Venice. Breathtaking in its color variations and expertly blown shapes, Murano glassware is a wonderful piece of local craftsmanship to enjoy for years after your trip has ended. The fact that it is made so close to Venice is both good and bad, as you can find many beautiful examples of this lost art in Venice to purchase, BUT you also can find examples of glassware originating from the the Czech Republic prominently displayed next to the Murano glass on store shelves. ...Read More