What a wonderful trip!
For eight days in August, 2018 we were fortunate to visit the great cities of Venice and Florence in Italy.
We also ventured into four smaller cities, Murano, Burano, Pisa, and Lucca.
Of course, we had to partake of the Chintely wine country as well!
enJoy the pictures – and the one video:
VENICE DAY 1: Main sites & Canal ride
VENICE DAY 2: Walkaround & opera
FLORENCE DAY 1: Duomo & Walkaround
FLORENCE DAY 2: David & Museums
FLORENCE DAY 4: Winery & Night overlook
(This is a full 30+ minute video, with more than 20 short takes – plus a few ‘sounds of the streets’.)
Leave NEWARK Wed. Aug. 1 11:30 p.m.
Arrive ROME Thu. Aug. 2 1:40 p.m.
GETTING TO VENICE ON TRAIN
Check IN Thu. Aug. 2nd
Ca’ del Duca
Calle dei Fabbri 916, Venice, VE, 30124 Italy
Check OUT Mon. Aug. 6th
Thu. Aug. 2nd (Evening)
> go straight to hotel – get there late!
Fri. Aug. 3rd
Doge Museum, St Mark, Walk Tour (Daytime)
Sat. Aug. 4th
St. Mark Cathedral 11 a.m.
Sun. Aug. 5th
Mass and Walk around
Mon. Aug. 6th
GETTING TO FLORENCE TRAIN- TO DO!
Check IN Mon. Aug. 6th
Via De Lamberti 5, Florence, FI, 50123 Italy
Check OUT Fri. Aug. 10 6:05 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 6th
Tue. Aug. 7th
Tour of city
Wed. Aug. 8th
Pisa and Luca day trip
Thur. Aug. 9th
Tuscany Wine Tour
Fri. Aug. 10
BACK TO ROME ON TRAIN ???
Leave ROME Fri. Aug. 10 6:05 p.m.
Arrive NEWARK Fri. Aug. 10 9:25 p.m.
Map of churches in Florence
It saddens me to reflect on how as we evolve to a digital life form we no longer have physical records of our history and aspirations. Where will the great paintings be? Where will be the great printed books be? Where will be the magnificent statues of our civilization be if all is digital and nothing is physical?… We may be left only with buildings and non-descript conduits of digital information but no visible physical record of our times… Realism in art all but disappeared in Europe for more than a millennium after the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance… What if the ‘experiment’ with the digital age takes us down a similar road where we will lose the capacity to appreciate the real because we live in a digital state?
What a shame that after Vatican Council II, we did not think through the perceptual consequence of having a new simpler alter deface the view of the original… We could have done better.
The gore and violence of religious art is real and everywhere! Storytelling at its best. The language of graphics rather than letters…