After landing at the airport in Venice we take our private water taxis to our hotel. Happy and enjoying the views!
Lunch at Ristorante San Trovaso — select what you like from an amazing selection of Venetian dishes.
We walk to the church of Sta. Maria della Salute, commissioned in 1630 by decree of the Venetian Senate i response to a horrific plague decimating the city:
From the church we pick up the vaporetto — Venice’s bus-boats — along the Grand Canal:
Our first report is at the Ponte della Costituzione, designed by Santiago Calatrava and built in 2007…the newest bridge in the city.
We arrive at the Giardinetto Reali to begin our visits to the Piazza San Marco and all its wonderful museums…but first a group photo:
Rain or shine…we will see the sights and sites, as here at the side of San Marco:
Today we visit the Basilica of San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Museo Correr. Time off in the evening to enjoy Venice on your own with new friends.
An early train to Vicenza to visit Palladio’s buildings, including the Villa Rotonda:
In the afternoon in Padua to see the work of Giotto in the Arena Chapel:
We leave Padua in a thunderstorm that follows us to Venice…where we dine on pizza al fresco at Gianni’s on the Zattere…the light show was fantastic.
May 15: We are all over Venice!
We visit the Accademia to see Renaissance and Baroque painting; the Ca’ Rezonnico, the Museum of 18-th-c. Venice; the Frari; the Palazzo Mocenigo; and the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista.
But our last stop is a gondola ride…and everyone enjoys it!
Today we visit the Rialto Bridge and the shops around it, the tiny church Sta. Maria dei Miracoli; the church of SS. Zanipolo; the Scuola Grande di San Marco; and the Jewish Ghetto.
May 17: Our last day in Venice.
We begin our day at the fish market on the Grand Canal…taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of fresh veggies and fruits, flowers, and of course…fish.
Then we take a traghetto (a kind of gondola) across the Grand Canal:
and head for the Fondamenta Nove, where we embark on our journey to Torcello and Murano.
May 18: We travel from Venice to Poreč, Croatia via Slovenia where we stop for lunch.
Home-made pasta with fresh wild asparagus.
In Poreč we visit the 6th-c. ecclesiastical complex of the Basilica of Euphrasius…
and the reconstructed remains of an ancient temple.
May 19: A full day in Pula:
the ancient Roman amphitheater:
the Twin Gates:
and the Arch of the Sergii:
We also visited an ancient Roman mosaic, the restored Temple of Augustus and Roma:
and the archaeological site of the Byzantine church of Sta. Maria Formosa:
before settling down for the evening and visiting Pula on our own.
May 20: In transit from Pula to Zadar with a stop in Opatia, a late 19th-c. Austro-Hungarian beach town, where we wander past cafes:
and relax for a meal by the waterside:
We arrive in Zadar in time for a short rest in our very mod hostel:
…then we’re off to see the sunset!
We spend the morning visiting ancient Roman and Byzantine sites in Zadar:
Every site has a guardian….
We stop in Trogir on our way to Split. Among the sites to visit is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence where the bell tower is reminiscent of an M.C. Escher print! Some brave souls made it to the top!
May 22: We spend the day in Split exploring the town and Diocletian’s Palace:
May 23: We take a short walk to the Archaeological Museum, then a bus to Salona, the ancient Roman town where Diocletian was born.
May 24: We leave Split and visit Narona, site of an ancient Roman temple:
We travel through Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit Mostar:
We arrive in Dubrovnik in the evening.
May 25…our last day in Dubrovnik. After a walk through the historic town, we expxlore the city’s medieval town walls.
After class ends today, there is free time. What did we do? Some went kayaking in the Adriatic!