This is the first page of my Photo Tour of Italy. All photographs were taken during the four months I spent there (June - October 1991). I had originally planned to spend a month in Italy, but I just could not leave! I travelled by train to Venice from Vienna, and then all the way down to Sicily, stopping for a month in Perugia to study Italian at the Universita per Stranieri.
These photographs are organized roughly in chronological order of the places I visited. If you would like to read the accompanying travelogue, click here.
If you want to learn more about Italy, check out my favorite books on travel and history in Naomi's Bookshelf.
Venice, home of Marco Polo, is one of the most unique cities in the world. In the 15th century it controlled most of Italy's trade and was among the wealthiest cities in the world. Now it is a place to enjoy what Venice had been at its height. It was my first stop in Italy.
[I1] The Grand Canal
One of the first things I did after arriving in Venice was to take the No. 1 traghetto (ferry) which goes the entire length of the Grand Canal, the widest waterway in Venice. It is the best way to get a feel for the city, passing a number of the best palazzi (palaces) and to see some of the smaller islands.
[I2] Palazzo Ducale
Also called Doge's Palace and located in Piazza San Marco. The Doge was the most powerful man in Venice at its height and the exquisite palace is proof of the wealth and power of that time. The facade takes its design from Constantinople, where Venetian troops fought during the Crusades. Inside the lavishly decorated palace are paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. The famous Bridge of Sighs leads from the Palace to the prison behind. The only sighs in those days were of despair.
This is what we all imagine Venice to be. You can find it by following small passageways that lead to narrow canals. These quiet streets, in residential areas, are among the most pleasant places to stroll and get a taste of Venice away from the popular tourist sights.
[I3] Classic Venice
Posters of Venice (from Art.com)
Books About Venice and Traveling in Venice
Living, Studying and Working in Italy : Everything You Need to Know to Fulfill Your Dreams of Living Abroad by Travis Neighbor, Monica Larner; Our Price: $12.80
The title of Living, Studying and Working in Italy says it all: this book is intended for would-be expatriates with an eye for Italy. The authors have both had extensive experience living and working in the Bel Paese--Neighbor was in Florence for four years while Larner still lives in Rome, where she is a journalist for Business Week. Together they have pooled their experiences and collective knowledge of living abroad to address the practical side of living, working, or studying in Italy.
Here is the essential companion guide to Italy that answers all your questions about living there and tells you, step-by-step, how to accomplish what you've always dreamed of doing - whether it's taking summer language courses, teaching English, volunteering on an archaeological dig, or starting a business. Written by two seasoned expatriates and packed with candid insider's tips and practical, up-to-date information for travelers of any age. Living, Studying, and Working in Italy is an indispensable book that shows you what to do - and what not to do - to make your experience in Italy as comfortable and rewarding ... read more
Italy for the Gourmet Traveler - Fred Plotkin / Paperback / Published 1996
In this exhaustive guide, Plotkin provides travelers to Bella Italia with information on the best places to eat in 300 cities and villages. Practical advice, such as making reservations, goes hand-in-hand with colorful descriptions of the Italian ristorante, trattoria, pizzeria, friggitoria, and other types of eating establishments. Plotkin is particularly adept at depicting the cultural climate of each region, listing appealing towns a traveler must not pass by and those area culinary specialities to be savored. Whether one desires the address of a fine butcher shop, has a hankering for pastries and an espresso, or seeks a dining experience fit for a king, these listings more than fit the bill. When seeking out excellent culinary fare, doubtless, the true gourmet will be undaunted by this weighty tome. Alice Joyce Copyrightę 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved
Desiring Italy - Susan Neunzig Cahill (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1997
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When literary art meets the warmth, beauty, and culture of Italy, the results are stupifyingly wonderful. Susan Cahill has gathered jewels of writing, penned by 31 women of letters, inspired by Italy. There's Muriel Spark on Venice, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary McCarthy on Florence, Florence Nightingale and George Eliot on Rome, Edith Wharton on Milan, and Mary Taylor Simeti on Sicily. All together Cahill's arranged a beautiful antipasti plate of the impact--on the mind, the spirit, and above all the senses--of Italy.
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Venice and the Veneto
~ Susie Boulton, Deni Bown / Paperback / Published 1995
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A visually sumptuous regional guide
The British firm of Dorling Kindersley is famous for its visual encyclopedic guides, and this title from the Eyewitness series lives up to the reputation of its predecessors. The book is packed with photographs, three-dimensional renderings, historical tidbits, and travel advice. It makes a slight sacrifice of depth to breadth by including chapters on the Veneto Plain, Verona and Lake Gardia, and the Dolomites. Read more about this title... >
Venice Walking Guide: Where to Go, Where to Eat, What to Do ~ Jeanne Oelerich / Paperback / Published 1998
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A Literary Companion to Venice (1995) ~ Ian Littlewood / Paperback / Published 1995
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Arranged in the form of seven detailed walking tours through Venice, this literary companion provides an illuminating guide to the streets, palaces, churches, and canals that make up this exquisite city. Illustrations.
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Venetian Life ~ William Dean Howells, Joseph Pennell (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1989
Venice & the Grand Tour ~ Bruce Redford / Hardcover / Published 1996
For well over a century, the Grand Tour of France and Italy - which included a stay in Venice - served as the ultimate in finishing schools for the young male elite of Great Britain. This book explores Venice's magnetic hold on the imagination of the Grand Tourist and connects the ideology of the Tour to the mythology of Venice.
Venice Observed ~ Mary McCarthy / Paperback / Published 1963
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The World of Venice (A Harvest Book) ~ Jan Morris, James Morris / Paperback / Published 1995
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