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Day Eight: Venezia Rain

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Dave!When I woke up I could hear the rain before I even looked out the window. I guess this only goes to prove that things can always get worse. So now instead of being merely overcast and cool, it's cloudy, cold, and wet. I didn't think it was possible to be depressed in Venice, but here it is.

My first instinct was to just lay around in bed all day, but that seems a terrible waste, so I decided to walk over to the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute, which is one of Venice's most historic churches...

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute

With the rain letting up a little bit, I decided to schlep towards the northern part of the city so I could visit the Ca' d'Oro museum. Along the way, I happened upon the "Bridge of Sighs" which is an ornate covered bridge where prisoners were marched across to face torture and possibly death after their sentencing at the Palazzo Ducale...

Bridge of Sighs

The Ca' d'Oro ("House of Gold") got its name because the facade was once gilded in gold. Now it's a museum and the gold has long since weathered away. The works are pretty much more of the same, but there's a few gems that made the trip worthwhile. Out on the loggia, you can look out over the Grand Canal along with the tiny guardian lions there...

Ca' d'Oro Lion

Not exactly the way I pictured my last day in Venice, but it's what I got. Tomorrow it's five hours on a train and back to Rome. Until then, it's one last walk along the Grand Canal at night...

Venice at Night

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  1. Neil T. says:

    When I went to Venice 6 years ago it rained most of time and if it wasn’t raining it was cloudy. Still, I really enjoyed it 🙂 . Hope you’re having a good time over there.

  2. SJ says:

    That view of the Grand Canal at night would’ve made any miserable day worthwhile for me. The stuff of dreams!

  3. apryl says:

    i didn’t think the Grand Canal had water that color of blue! looks like the caribbean…gorgeous!

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