Thursday, April 25, 2013

A to Z challenge: V

Yep, I'm back to Italy and today's challenge is taking us to Venice, an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.

The city is built on 118 small islands (connected by 409 bridges) and seems to float on the waters of the lagoon.  In this lagoon, nature and history have been so closely linked since the 5th century AD when Venetian populations, to escape barbarian raids, found refuge on the sandy islands of Torcello, Iesolo and Malamocco. These temporary settlements gradually became permanent and the initial refuge of the land-dwelling peasants and fishermen became a maritime power. The small island of Rialto was chosen as the headquarters of the new city.

Oh, I must explore it!



So long my friends,


  1. Those pictures are so beautiful. And I love that you included a map! I can look at maps all day.

    Nice to meet you through the A to Z Challenge! Here's mine for today: A Girl and her Diary

  2. Oh, how I wish I were there, sigh.

  3. Wow, I've never seen a shot of Venice like that second photo! It looks so packed that way.

    John at The Bathroom Monologues

  4. Venice always reminds me of Shakespeare and Merchant of Venice. It's so pretty!

  5. I would LOVE to visit Venice! It is on my bucket list for sure!

    Konstanz Silverbow
    A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host

  6. I'm so ready for this trip.
    I posted a cut-thru update yesterday, but the post before shows my progress on Good Morning. If you have the time take a peek.


  7. Though one of my least favorite places in Europe (so far) I still loved it! That's saying something. Such a great atmosphere. Thanks for the memories :)

  8. Such an interesting looking town! You really do like Italy ...


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