The Magic and Romance of Venice

“I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations”
Psalm‬ ‭89‬:‭1‬

Butch and I made our first visit to Venice, Italy in October of 2004. Immediately, I was captured by the storied history and culture of the Venetians. Once again, we were able to return to the magic and romance that this city offers.

Venice is a feast for the senses! From the beauty of the time-washed Venetian architecture, to the taste of the most intense and full bodied espressos, to the haunting sound of a violin in the piazzas, to the smell of freshly baked amaretti cookies, to the feel of the finest silk fabrics, Venice will not disappoint. The best way to see Venice is to simply get lost!  Every foot bridge or turn of a corner offers amazing surprises. You can wander for days and never tire of the ancient scenery!

We hope you enjoy our little tour of Venezia!

 The Grand Canal
The Rialto Bridge was completed in 1591 and  it is a favorite tourist stop with its shops and markets on either side!    The Grand Canal is an ancient waterway that snakes through Venice, and is also the busiest. The majority of the city’s traffic cruises up and down this beautiful canal that stretches out over 2 miles!  The most famous form of transportation, the gondola  Gondola traffic maneuvering the Grand Canal!
 Most of the buildings were built between the 13th and 18th century. Breathtaking architecture!  The Rialto Bridge is one of only four bridges that cross the Grand Canal and is considered the most beautiful!St. Mark’s Basilica was completed around 1092.  The opulent Byzantine design with its gold ground mosaics and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power has given the church the nickname, Church of gold!
 Campanile of St. Mark’s church (bell tower) Piazza San Marco (St. Mark Square) is the principal public square of Venice. According to Napoleon, this is “the drawing room of Europe”.

 Caffe Florian – one of the oldest coffee houses in the world–complete with an orchestra, perfect weather, and the most prime place for people watching! Caffe Florian has been a caffe of choice for notable artists such as Wagner, Lord Byron, and Charles Dickens.   Enjoyed dessert and espresso!  View of the lagoon    Bridge of Sighs was built in 1600 and is constructed of white limestone. One of hundreds of canals in Venice!  Everyday living in Venice!    Our view from a Gondola ride in 2004!

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  1. Love to travel with you. Your pics are wonderful. I can see your weather was beautiful. When we were there it was cloudy and rainy so my pics are not as good as I would have liked but the magic was there. I love Venice and would love to go back and get lost as you say. We were not there long enough.

  2. Paula B says:

    I loved seeing the pictures of Venice and YES, I would love to be lost in Venice. What a beautiful opportunity. Thank you for sharing!

  3. We were in Venice in November for the first time – and we fell in love with this lovely area!! Our photos are so similar!! The colors are so hard to describe! Did you see the lovely building where George Clooney got married? We were so happy to see it! I t is definitely on our list of places to revisit!

  4. Esther Maddux says:

    I love Italy…been to Florence & the Tuscany area. Lewis and I went to Venice for our honeymoon. We both would love to go back to Venice again & maybe other parts as well. Would you believe, I have been to Itsly twice and have never been to Rome!
    Love these pictures of Venice…brought back some great memories!
    Thank you!

  5. Jamie says:

    Venice remains one of my all time favorite places to visit and I hope to go back some day! Your pictures really took me back!!

  6. JoAnn says:

    Pam, we took our grandchildren (10year old girl and 12 year old boy) to Venice just last week! It was so much fun seeing it all new and fresh through their eyes. We were on a road trip that included places in Germany and Austria. We had an incredible time!

  7. Nellie says:

    Loved all your pictures, they were fantastic………..I have always been so fascinated with how the
    houses are just built with all the water around them, so guess they can just walk out there door
    and get in their gondolas……………..pretty neat if you ask me…………
    We lived in Germany over 40 yrs. ago and the european lifestyle is so different from ours…..
    which we really quite liked………
    Hope you are enjoying your trip.
    Blessings, Nellie

  8. AnnMarie says:

    Thanks for the tour! It is all still so beautiful.I was there in 1996….I remember most of it from your pictures. Hoping to go back next year for our 20th anniversary.

  9. Kim says:

    We have been a couple times, but only for a day. Not really long enough to explore it all. It was cold and drizzly the first time in 2000 and a few years ago we were there in the summer visiting my son’s in laws who are Italian and live in Ferrara and the square was flooded so only my hubby took his shoes off and rolled up his pants to go in and take some shots for my son who had never been before. My son was sick with a cold so he did not walk in the cold water himself.
    You got some beautiful shots!

    • Kim, you certainly should go to explore. You would love it! Sounds like you have a few memories from your visit, though! Thank you for stopping by and commenting…I always look forward to your party! Blessings, Pam

  10. Jann Olson says:

    Beautiful Pam! I hope to go there some day. I love getting lost on almost every vacation. You never know what you might stumble upon. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Oh Pam, that way you described everything was a feast for my senses! What a sweet blessing to be able to see such a beautiful place and experience all that was offered. I would love to visit Venice and seeing you pictures and reading your words makes me want to go even more. Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

    Have a blessed evening. Hugs!

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