Photographic Adventures in Paradise
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 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.
When you arrive in Venice and walk out of the station you are immediately at the Grand Canal.
We hired a private motor launch to take us on a tour.
Some of the buildings along the Grand Canal
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.
We stopped for lunch while exploring some of the back streets and passageways of Venice.
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…….
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 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.
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.
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.
These are the pictures that I took of the Arena while we were visiting Verona.
Be sure to come back soon for more.