Venice was filled with so many and varied sensory experiences we found it useful to hire a local photographer to guide us through the maze of narrow streets and walkways to discover the little gems of this unforgettable city. The morning light around Saint Mark's was breathtaking.
What we loved about the Venice canal experience was not only the canals and the Gandolas themselves but also the Gondoliers. When they were not "on hire" they reminded us of cabbies not too concerned about their next customer.
One of the places we probably never would have found if not for our local photographer guide, Anthony, was the Alta Acqua bookstore. It's a fun quirky place with a gondola filled with mostly Italian books. There is a staircase of books that leads to a ledge overlooking a canal. We also loved running into a small enclave filled with sculptures that put smiles on our faces. Oh, the Jimmy Choo shop was a fun find.......
Another spot we found (top image) with the help of our guide, Anthony, was atop the T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi department store. Very fancy and with a killer view of the Grand Canal and most every other place in Venice.
When we return to Italy, I think Lake Como would be top our list. It's laid back beauty suited us just fine. Cynthia put us in a wonderful hotel , the Hotel Royal Victoria. Beautifully placed right on the lake with wonderful rooms, food, and views.
Here we are at the Royal Victoria with Lake Como behind us.
"Picturesque" is a term bandied about to describe this place. It does not describe the charm of this necklace of colorful towns. There are some folks of stout constitution that walk the trail between the towns. We took the boat.
We stayed in this town of Monterosso. I got myself up early (not all that easy) to see and capture the gorgeous light surrounding the bay.
This town was the last destination on the boat trip; filled with color, boats, great shopping, and tons of gelato!
The scale and abundance of art and architectural magnificence in this city was cause for dropping our collective jaws. It was one of those places where no matter where you turn there is something to capture and take home.