Donatella takes us to San Polo, Frari and Rialto areas. Wednesday, May 15.

Here’s a question for you regular readers of this blog.  I am writing this note on Saturday, May 18th in the afternoon.

Some of you have received this post/issue before and some have not.  I can’t find it at all in my own archives – and I am the blogger.

Nancy received it, as she is a “follower” subscriber on her iPad email here.   Let me know if you didn’t get it.  This is actually a partial redo of an earlier publication.  Thanks for helping us get our publications straight and “grazie” from Roma…Chip

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An amazing weather day again. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but, when the guide says, “This sky only happens in September here…perfect weather”, we might be given credit for bringing it to Italy, no?

Last night, we took a water taxi – Matteo Cipoloato (348.1749268) right from the hotel dock…he immediately was pulled over by a radar Polizia (they were standing on a dock just down the way) for exceeding the 10kmh speed limit in the Grand Canal. He had the good sense to give them his whole bag of identification and proceed to deliver us to our dinner reservation. We tipped him excessively and had the restaurant guy call him back later to pick us up again.

The restaurant, Trattoria Antiche Carampane, is all about seafood…delicious for those who love it and the total price for dinner at $333 is a new record low for this crowd.

Some of the group went out after for some gelato and coffee; Michael Brock headed out for photography…and we are glad that he did. Here are some shots of San Marco Square after the people left.

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The Rialto Bridge at night.  Another Brock magical image.
The Rialto Bridge at night. Another Brock magical image.
From Rialto Bridge; looking down at the Grand Canal at midnight.  Thanks, Mr. B.
From Rialto Bridge; looking down at the Grand Canal at midnight. Thanks, Mr. B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view from Room #216, Palazzo Sant'Angelo in the morning.  Did I say the sun is coming up at 5:35AM here?
The view from Room #216, Palazzo Sant’Angelo in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donatella met us at 9:30 on Wednesday, May 15 to go across the Grand Canal to the San Polo section of the city. We boarded a 2 Euro per person, wider than normal, gondola to go across near our hotel, since the closest bridge is the Rialto…much further walk than this two minute crossing.

Two gondoliers get us quickly and inexpensively over to San Polo area.
Two gondoliers get us quickly and inexpensively over to San Polo area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We walk to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which is a building housing the largest guild of the Middle Ages here. Napoleon had wrecked and pillaged most of the others in the late 1700’s, but didn’t have time to steal all of this giant artwork. There are massive canvases along the walls and ceilings of two floors here.

A "scuola" is a guild and is housed in a very large building, showing their wealth.  Tintoretto painted masterpieces throughout this one.
A “scuola” is a guild and is housed in a very large building, showing their wealth. Tintoretto painted masterpieces throughout this one.

Next door is the Church of San Rocco and there is more superb artwork here adorning the worship areas. The Titian altar piece is the highlight.

On the main altar, is the Titian masterpiece, with the Virgin Mary ascending to heaven.
On the main altar, is the Titian masterpiece, with the Virgin Mary ascending to heaven.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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