In April 2004 I realized my dream. As a present to celebrate my graduation from the university, my godmother and I came to Venice for 4 days.... Beav said, "I'll take care of travel arrangements, and let you worry about the itinerary!" So we ended up looking at architecture and costumes. We didn't visit any of the many art museums (hoards) in the city, even though we did end up seeing a fair amount of paintings!
Ca'Rezzonico was an amazing museum / house. Room after room, heaving with paintings, furniture, sculpture... Ceilings by Tiepolo, a room dedicated to Longhi, plus one of my favorite Guardi paintings. It was just an 18th century fanatic's wet dream.
Unfortunately they did not allow photographs inside, so I had to stop taking photos as I walked into the first room - a stupendous ballroom. However, the place is so big, there were a few small rooms without any attendants. I snapped a couple of pictures inside. These are the little raggedy rooms off in a corner, though.
Infamous 18th century covered gondolas, known hiding places of clandestine lovers (a la Casanova). They stopped using these, and I don't know the history behind that.
A formal garden out back. Sure, it's tiny compared to the gardens of Versailles, but think about the cost of the land in Venice. There is literally a finite supply! Having a garden like this would be a hugely expensive luxury. Look! A tree grows in Venice!
Both of these shots were taken out the windows of Ca'Rezzonico from the third story, which is a modest (on the Venetian scale) modern-style art gallery. The view through the leaded pane is the neighbors along the Grand Canal. Ca'Foscari has a big blocky cover over it - the facade was getting some work done. The other view was the view to the back. God I love those red tile roofs.
Lou and Chuck
This house had my favorite spun-sugar chandeliers of any of the palaces we visited. Most places had a lot of colored glass in the design, but at Mocenigo they were almost completely just clear glass. It looked exactly like they were made of sugar.
Children's clothes - little boy's red banyan and a little girl's green dress
Accessories - pink clocked stockings, drool-worthy paste shoe buckles, etc..
Chapel of Corner family
Tomb of Doge Foscari
Tomb of Melchiorre Trevisan
We saved the "best" for last and visited the Doge's palace and the Basilica San Marco on our last day in town.
bocca dei leone - a slot to place your anonymous denunciations. A city full of spies!
No photos permitted in the Doge's quarters, but once again I disobeyed and look at the great shots... The gilt wood stuff was the ceiling. My godmother is looking out the window into the courtyard. That one of the chandelier is the best photo I've ever taken.
Campo S Stefano
Palazzo Pisani Gritti - side view
the prisons adjacent to the doge's palace - these were appropriately medieval, horrid little stone holes. It would have been nightmarish but I think they try to keep it as cheery as possible, immaculately swept clean and lots of light. It looks like a movie set! A very literal example of the dirty side of power. The palace and the prisons are like Jekyll and Hyde
General shots taken in the city
View from out hotel, the Hotel Agli Alboretti
View from the Accademia bridge