Venice: Piazza San Marco’s 9 Hidden Treasures
Italy / Venice

Venice: Piazza San Marco’s 9 Hidden Treasures

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, was first created during the 9th century AD as a small square in front of St. Mark’s Basilica.  A canal and dock that initially separated this small space from the palace was filled in 1174, and was bricked over in 1294.  It wasn’t until 1735, nearly one thousand years … Continue reading

10 Inviting Doors of Venice, Italy
Italy / Photo Essays / Venice

10 Inviting Doors of Venice, Italy

Yes, here I am with another post about Doors.  This time I’m sharing photos of some of my favorite Doors of Venice, Italy.  (You can also check out my post on Doors of Paris and Doors of Athens.) It’s a sickness.  An addiction, really.  I take photos of doors as I travel, especially in Europe, … Continue reading

Venice Hidden Gem:  Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Italy / Photo Essays / Venice

Venice Hidden Gem: Scala Contarini del Bovolo

The Scala Contarini del Bovolo literally means the ladder Contarini (a surname) of the snail. Standing before the palazzo, it’s not a stretch to see where the name originated. The steps were originally designed for the Contarini family, and the snail-like spiral of the steps is clear.
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Padua, Italy Photography
Italy / Padua / Photo Essays

Padua, Italy Photography

When we first arrived in Padua, it was early and quiet.  Things were pretty empty but peaceful, a few tourists like us meandering.  The main town square, Pratto dello Valle, is a surprise.  I didn’t do it justice at all with the photos I took.  First, it is enormous.  It is such a large space, nothing … Continue reading

Wandering Assissi Photography
Assissi / Italy / Photo Essays

Wandering Assissi Photography

I did one whole post of Windows of Assissi previously because I had so very many cool windows I had photographed in the town.  But Assissi was not at all limited to the windows, so here’s a look at other sites. As you approach Assissi, it really is beautiful.  A cluster of white buildings, dominated by … Continue reading

Windows of Assissi
Assissi / Italy / Photo Essays

Windows of Assissi

These are from a trip I actually took several years ago, but in preparing to return to Italy, I began browsing my old pictures.  The last time I was in Italy I was with my Dad and Step-mom, which as an adult is very different than those kid vacations you remember growing up.  We travel … Continue reading