The Doge’s Palace Venice

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A doge was the leader of a republic and while other Italian republics also had doges, the title is most recognized as belonging to Venice. Venetian doges were elected for life by the city-state’s aristocracy using a convoluted system that … Continue reading

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Early Morning in Venice

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Nothing identified the Palazzo Selvadego, built in the 13th century, except a door with the winged lion of Venice above it. There were  clothing stores on both sides of the door, but those told us nothing either.  I felt like … Continue reading

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Floating through Venice

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I’d been to Venice a couple of times before but I’d never ridden a gondola. Because, you know, it’s so tourist and uncool. Just ride a vaporetto, like a local, and be done with it. I’m now at the age, … Continue reading

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To St. Mark’s Square Venice by Water

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There’s no motorized vehicles — other than boats — allowed in Venice.  So the bus deposited us at a terminal near the train station and we approached center city Venice by water taxi.  “Our hotel is next to the Piazza … Continue reading

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Verona II: No World Without Verona Walls

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After a quick look around Juliet’s real fake courtyard, Patricia and I walked down the Via Leoni toward the Adige River. It was noonish and we were looking for a picnic spot, to finish off our leftovers from Gusto Leo … Continue reading

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Verona I: the Real Fake Juliet’s Balcony

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“We’re going to see the real fake Juliet’s balcony,” said Silvana the Guide as our bus rolled toward Verona. And so we did. When the 16th century building that’s now known as “Juliet’s house” went up for sale in 1905, … Continue reading

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Florence IV: And the Rest

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I’m starting with this photo because this pup was the cutest thing I saw in Florence. This was the second cutest thing. We did a lot of wandering around Florence and I have photos that don’t fit into any narrative … Continue reading

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