Venice….May 2014 posted by on June 25, 2014

We took the fast train from Verona to Venice for a day trip. The train made the 74 miles trip in 1 hour. We made one stop and entered Venice very slowly so the average speed was approximately 73 mph. The ride was butter smooth in air conditioned comfort. Here are a few of the pictures we took.

The engine of the fast train to Venice

The engine of the fast train to Venice

The interior was very comfortable. Air conditioned and roomy. The ride was super smooth. Only one stop was made so we were really on a very FAST train. The trains was electric.

Suzie enjoying the train ride.

Suzie enjoying the train ride.

When you arrive in Venice and walk out of the station you are immediately at the Grand Canal.

The Grand Canal

The Grand Canal

We hired a private motor launch to take us on a tour.

The interior of our private motor boat

The interior of our private motor boat

Some of the buildings along the Grand Canal

The Casino

The Casino

IMG_1145

A passing supply boat

A passing supply boat

IMG_1146

IMG_1139

A couple of docked gondola's

A couple of docked gondola’s

 

IMG_2016

We asked our captain to take us down some of the smaller canals

IMG_2014

IMG_1184

IMG_1151

Until 1797, the Doges ruled the Venetian Empire and the Palazzo Ducale was where they ruled from. A Venetian Gothic fantasy palace, it was one of the first things those arriving in Venice saw as their ships sailed through the lagoon and landed at Saint Mark’s Square.

IMG_1166

Tom and Suzie at St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy

The Doges Place

The Doges Place

We stopped for lunch while exploring some of the back streets and passageways of Venice.

A sidewalk cafe in Venice

A sidewalk cafe in Venice

Our bottle of local wine

Our bottle of local wine

A anti pasta plate to enjoy with the vino

A anti pasta plate to enjoy with the vino

These small passagways beckon one to explore the parts of Venice you don't see in the tourist posters

These small passageways beckon one to explore the parts of Venice you don’t see in the tourist posters

 

A small wine bar along the way in Venice

A small wine bar along the way in Venice

IMG_2024

The display counters are packed full of products

The display counters are packed full of products

We had a great time visiting Venice. Even though it wasn’t yet high season for tourism it was very crowded and prices for everything were very expensive. More about that later. Stay tuned…….

The Ferrari Museo in Maranello…….. posted by on June 18, 2014

Check this one off my bucket list……..

Our visit to see all the Ferrari race cars in the museum in Italy. We drove from Verona to Maranello and toured the Museo and then rode their little red bus to check out the factory complex and their test track. This is a day that I’ll always remember. I bought a hat and shirt that the current drivers wear when out of the car. Prize possessions.

The Arena di Verona posted by on June 13, 2014

The Arena di Verona was built in the 1st century (30AD) and was used for 400 years as a place for the Gladiators to entertain with all the gore that we know about from history.

Verona from the air

Once these shows were forbidden in 404AD by emperor Honorius the Arena fell in to disuse and disrepair for century’s. Originally a 4 tier structure it now only has a “wing” remaining of the outermost wall which was destroyed by a series of earthquakes in the 12th century.

IMG_1760

The preparations were in progress for the upcoming annual opera festival. Those are pieces of various sets for the stage.

Then in the early 20th century it was finally discovered to have excellent natural acrostics. So on the 100th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi in 1913 the Verona Opera Festival was inaugurated and it continues to this day.

This season's schedule of Opera's and events for the Arena di Verona

This season’s schedule of Opera’s and events for the Arena di Verona

IMG_1868

Our view of the Arena from our table in the Piazza Bra

These are the pictures that I took of the Arena while we were visiting Verona.

IMG_1836

All that remains of the most outer concentric was is this “wing”

IMG_1838

Here I am giving the “THUMBS DOWN” gesture to the losing gladiator…….

The Latin inscription below where I gave the THUMBS down signal

The Latin inscription below where I gave the THUMBS down signal

IMG_1829

The preparations for the opera. The stage, orchestra pit and the seating being put in place

IMG_1775

The “wing” from outside the Arena

IMG_1774

The gate numbers remaining only on the “wing”….this is LXVI = 66

IMG_1770

This is the view from our living room balcony at Via Leoncino 53/A across the street from the Arena. Couldn’t get any closer unless we slept inside of the Arena on the marble tiers.

IMG_1768

Columns being built and prepared for one of the sets.

The view from our bedroom window

The view from our bedroom window

 Be sure to come back soon for more.