Trip to Lago di Garda – Part 2 – Riva del Garda

2017-02-22 at 04:44

Lago di Resia or Lake Reschen

After a good breakfast at Apart Pension Bergfrieden in Nauders we pointed the car south towards Riva del Garda and crossed the border to Italy.

The fourteenth century bell tower of the town is all you can see after the  dam construction
The fourteenth century bell tower of Graun is all you can see from the village after the dam construction.

The Swiss company Elektrowatt wanted to build a dam in Switzerland but the people of Splügen did not like it too much. So they voted against it. Why like this? Elektrowatt went to Italy! They paid 30 million Swiss francs to the Italian company Montecatini for constucting the dam (in exchange for 10 years of electricity). The people of Graun where not so successful and a few years later 163 homes where submerged.

Lago del Garda

Yes I know what you say – this is a big tourist trap – and you are right. But if you find a reasonable hotel and do skip the restaurants it is still very affordable and you can enjoy the lake and views of the mountains. Swimming in the lake is also free if you dare!
Booked at Hotel Canarino only a few steps from the Piazza Tre Novembre. They have a pool area, sauna and a salt grotto. Interesting! The room was nothing special but we had the view over the pool with mountains in the back. Big buffet style breakfast with lots of options to choose so we never went hungry down to the lake.

Pool area
View from the room – any questions? There is even a hot whirl pool down there.

The hotel
Well – the beds – but comfortable mattress, TV, desk, chairs and a fridge. Big enough bath room as well.

Confused? Ha Ha
Confused? Ha Ha – this does the trick!!

Piazza Tre Novembre
The hotel has a back door right into the small streets of Riva del Garda. Only a minute after you pass the door you are down at the Piazza Tre Novembre. The tower is all that is left from the first fortress of Riva. It is called the Torre Apponale and more than 800 years old.

View from the Piazza Tre Novembre
View from the Piazza Tre Novembre over the lake and mountains. The sky was a mix of blue and clouds but no rain.

Birra Moretti at the lake
A welcome to the lake Birra Moretti

Down at the water
Down at the water

The 3 Brothers
The 3 Brothers

War memorial
Another War memorial

At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini
At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini

At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini

Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

This 14th century church was originally a romanesque-gothic building that was rebuild 1728.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta
The fresco in the dome is by Giuseppe Alberti.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Madonna dei Miracoli.jpg
Madonna dei Miracoli made by Antonio of Chiavica in 1488.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta
The High altar from Baroncini and Bombastoni from Rezzato, created 1748 to 1753. At the center the ciborium with the resurrected Christ. In the background you see the altarpiece. The “Assumption of Mary into Heaven” painted by Giuseppe Craffonara from Riva in 1830.

Back over the Alps

Blue sky and sunny – what a great day to drive back. Opted for a different road over the Penser Joch this time. After that down towards Salzburg in Austria and from there the easy way back to Stuttgart.

On the SS508 after Sarentino or Sarnthein
On the SS508 after Sarentino or Sarnthein – lots of nice farm houses and everything is so green.

At the SS508 after Minera
Still on the SS508 after Minera

After Rio Bianco or Weißenbach
After Rio Bianco or Weißenbach

View from Rio Bianco or Weißenbach
View from Rio Bianco or Weißenbach

Sacco or Sack

Before Laste
Before Laste

Before the Passo di Pennes or Penser Joch
Before the Passo di Pennes or Penser Joch

On the SS 508 after the Penser Joch
On the SS 508 after the Penser Joch

Vipiteno or Sterzing
Quick stop in Vipiteno or Sterzing

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Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI

2017-01-04 at 09:20

Part number 6 of the 2016 visit to Venice in Italy. It is also the last day in Venice. The next morning we drove further east towards Slovenia. So lets dive into the last day!

Day two of Venice
We are on the last leg of this map

Graffiti at the Calle Avvocati
Graffiti at the Calle Avvocati

At the Canal Grande looking towards the Rialto Bridge
At the Canal Grande looking towards the Rialto Bridge

Selfie time at the Rio de S. Salvador
Selfie time at the Rio de S. Salvador

One of the many shops in the small streets of Venice
One of the many shops in the small streets of Venice

So many details
So many details

Maria

Venice

Venice

Daniele Manin sculpture
The patriot Daniele Manin sculpted by Luigi Borro in 1875.

Winged lion at Manin square
A large winged lion lies at the base of Daniele Manin's statue. Behind you see the façade of the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia from 1964. Quite a contrast to the rest of the buildings at the square.

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

The first church on this site was said to have been founded by Saint Magnus in the 7th century. But there is no 100% proof of that left. The first documented church was built here by Doge Agnello Partecipazio. It was dedicated to Zacharias the father of John the Baptist. His bones were sent as a gift to Venice by the Byzantine Emperor Leo V while the church was being built. In the 1170s the church was rebuild and finally replaced by a Gothic church in the 15th century. Almost every wall and the ceiling is covered with paintings by 17th and 18th century artists.
The crypt below is from the older church and the eight tombs of early doges down there are usually covered by water.

Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Detail from the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Napoleon did steal this one when he captured Venice. The next 20 years it did spend in Paris.
San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini. Napoleon did steal this one when he captured Venice. The next 20 years it did spend in Paris.

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Presentazione di Maria al tempio from Antonio Vassilacchi
Presentazione di Maria al tempio from Antonio Vassilacchi

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

San Zaccaria in Gloia from Gerolama Pellegrini
San Zaccaria in Gloia from Gerolama Pellegrini

Adoration of the Magi by Niccolò Bambini
Adoration of the Magi by Niccolò Bambini

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Inside the Chiesa di San Zaccaria

Looking down the Rio del Greci to the tower of the Chiesa San Giorgio dei Greci
Looking down the Rio del Greci to the tower of the Chiesa San Giorgio dei Greci

Speed trap on the bridge at the Riva S. Biasio
Speed trap on the bridge at the Riva S. Biasio

Entrance of the Arsenale die Venezia

Entrance of the Arsenale die Venezia

The lion at the Arsenale die Venezia

The lion at the Arsenale die Venezia

Inside the San Martino

The original church was build in the 10th century and rebuild from 1546 to 1610. It is named after St Martin of Tours.

San Martino

San Martino

The central ceiling fresco from Domenico Bruni
The central ceiling fresco from Domenico Bruni

San Martino

San Martino
The organ was constructed by Pietro Nachini

And this was the last picture of Venice for this trip!

The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy

You find part 1 here : Venice without Tourists and the best Place to stay for small Money
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 10 – Venice III
Part 4 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV
Part 5 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V
And part 6 here: You are here

 
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Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V

2016-12-24 at 09:44

Day Two in Venice – Part II

This is the second part of the Summer Trip 2016 – Venice Day II pictures. We walked towards Piazza San Marco and went into the St Mark’s basilica and continues our walk towards the east of Venice.

Day two of Venice
Here is the map of todays walking. Way less as on day one but we did visit more churches.

Piazza San Marco or St Mark’s Square

The square is the social, religious and political centre of Venice. It is a must for every tourist and so we went to see it as well.

Piazza San Marco with the Campanile of St Mark's church on the right, Basilika in the middle and the Clocktower on the left
Piazza San Marco with the Campanile of St Mark's church on the right, Basilika in the middle and the Clocktower on the left

On my last visit to Venice I did not enter the Basilica since the line was way to long. But today we did. Heike had the pleasure to stand in line while I took pictures from the outside of the building as well as other buildings close to it.

The Clocktower with the archway into the Mercerie leading to the Rialto
The Clocktower or Torre dell’Orologio was completed in 1499. The archway leads into the Mercerie which is one of the main thoroughfare of Venice. It continues to the Rialto, the commercial and financial center of the city.

On top of the Clocktower at the Piazza San Marco
The bronze figures on top of the Clocktower strike the hours on the bell. One represents an old man and one a young man – they represent also the passing of time.
The winged lion of Venice with the open book below had originally a kneeling statue of the Doge Barbarigo to his right. But after Venice surrendered to Napoleon in 1797 he ordered to remove al the symbols of the old regime in the city. The statue of Doge Agostino Barbarigo was one of many symbols that got removed.

Basilica di San Marco

Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

Know in Italy as Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco. Build on the west of Piazza San Marco. It is adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Before 1807 it was the chapel of the Doge after that it was the city’s cathedral.
Because of the design, gold ground mosaics and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power it is nicknamed Chiesa d’Oro since the 11th century.
Construction did start in 828 and the church got bigger and bigger for the next 700 years when it was finally completed.

Mosaic of the translation of the body of Saint Mark
Mosaic of the translation of the body of Saint Mark. This is how the Basilica must have looked in the middle of the 13th century.

Basilica di San Marco
The Last Judgement over the main portal at the western façade

Basilica di San Marco
The Recovery of St. Mark’s body in Alexandria in 828

Basilica di San Marco
The arrival of St. Mark’s body in Venice, above St. Clement’s Gate

Detail of the gable showing Venice's patron apostle St. Mark with angels. Underneath is a winged lion
Detail of the gable showing Venice's patron apostle St. Mark with angels. Underneath is a winged lion

The winged Lion
The winged Lion

Detail of the gable showing Venice's patron apostle St. Mark with angels
Detail of the gable showing Venice's patron apostle St. Mark with angels

Basilica di San Marco
We went into the Basilica but you are not allowed to take pictures so no inside pictures. But lots of opportunities to spend your money. And if you have some left they make sure that you pass a lot of stalls on your way out.

Back to the Square

Detail from the Doge's Palace or Palazzo Ducale
Detail from the Doge’s Palace or Palazzo Ducale

Detail from the Doge's Palace or Palazzo Ducale

The Porta della Carta
The Porta della Carta

Detail of the Porta della Carta
Detail of the Porta della Carta

St Theodore on the western column of the Piazzetta di San Marco
St Theodore on the western column of the Piazzetta di San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Looking over the canal to the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore
Looking over the canal from the end of the Piazza to the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore

Looking over the canal to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Looking over the canal to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Moving on into the Afternoon – Chiesa di San Moisè

Chiesa di San Moisè
This church dates back to the 8th century and is dedicated to Moses. The name comes from Moisè Venier that funded the reconstruction in the 9th century.

Chiesa di San Moisè
Inside the Chiesa di San Moisè. In the centre you can see the main Altarpiece with a sculpture by Meyring and a painting by Morlaiter.

Bridge at the Campo di San Moisè
Bridge at the Campo di San Moisè. The law should be quite fit since they have to walk most of the time. And they know how to run a boat because if they do not walk the are patrolling in the boat.

Rush hour at the bridge from the Campo di San Moisè
Rush hour at the bridge from the Campo di San Moisè

Santa Mari del Giglio

Santa Maria del Giglio
Santa Maria del Giglio or Santa Maria Zobenigo after the Jubanico family who founded it in the 9th century. It was rebuilt by Giuseppe Sardi for Admiral Antonio Barbaro between 1678 and 1681.

Santa Mari adel Giglio
Statue of Antonio Barbaro.

Santa Maria del Giglio
A brother of Antonio Barbaro

San Maurizio

San Maurizio
San Maurizio was a church build and is now a Museum focusing on the music of Baroque Venice.

San Maurizio

San Maurizio

Monumento Niccolo Tommaseo
Monumento Niccolo Tommaseo

Enough for one post. The rest of the Venice pictures in the next post!

 

The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy

You find part 1 here : Venice without Tourists and the best Place to stay for small Money
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 10 – Venice III
Part 4 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV
Part 5 here: You are here!
And part 6 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI

 
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Summer Trip 2016 Part 11 – Venice IV

2016-12-12 at 07:12

Part four of the 2016 visit to Venice in Italy.

Day Two in Venice

Day two of Venice
Today we did walk less and did sit a bit more and watched the people. That does look a bit like that: A few Pictures of People in Venice

Amigo
Let’s go Amigos – over the bridge into the small streets of Venice!

Chiesa di San Geremia

The first church on this site was erected in the 11th century. Like most of the churches in Venice it was later rebuild a few times. The current edifice dates from 1753, the façade is from 1861. The bell tower is much older – probably dating from the 12th century.

The remains of Saint Lucy of Syracuse are housed inside the church.

Chiesa di San Geremia
The Campanile is one of the oldest left in the city and all that remains of the 12th Century church.

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

Crucifixion with Saints by Sebastiano Santi
Crucifixion with Saints by Sebastiano Santi

Holy family by Giambattista Mengardi
Holy family by Giambattista Mengardi

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

Chiesa di San Geremia

At the square in front of the Chiesa di San Geremia
At the square in front of the Chiesa di San Geremia

House at the Calle de l' Aseo
House at the Calle de l' Aseo on the way to the next church.

Chiesa dei Santi Apostol

The story of the church goes like that: In 643 when Venice was not even a city San Magno (St Magnus) the Bishop of Oderzo built a church on a site where he saw twelve cranes, after an apparition of the twelve Apostles told him to look for this sign.
The church was rebuilt around 1020 later destroyed by the fire of 1106 and rebuilt. It was rebuilt again from 1570-75 and again in the mid-18th century by Giovanni Pedolo. If your space is limited you have to demolish and rebuild many times.

Tower of the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli
Interesting detail – they do keep the towers some times. That is why they do not really fit together with the rest of the design on some of the churches. The original 7th Century church tower was destroyed by the fire of 1105. Rebuilt 1450, renovated 1601-09 brought down by a storm 50 years later and rebuilt again from 1672 to 1720.

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli
Inside the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Santi Apostoli Ceiling by Fabio Canale
Santi Apostoli Ceiling by Fabio Canale

Santi Apostoli Ceiling by Fabio CanaleThe main part of the Santi Apostoli Ceiling by Fabio Canale

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, St. Anthony Abbot, St. Jerome and St. John of Nepomuk by Domenico Maggiotto
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, St. Anthony Abbot, St. Jerome and St. John of Nepomuk by Domenico Maggiotto

The Virgin and Child, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and St. Anthony of Padua by Gaspare Diziani
The Virgin and Child, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and St. Anthony of Padua by Gaspare Diziani

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Last Communion of St. Lucy by Giambattista Tiepolo
Last Communion of St. Lucy by Giambattista Tiepolo

Christ between the Apostles, Sebastiano Santi, 1828
Christ between the Apostles, Sebastiano Santi, 1828

Chiesa di San Salvador

Chiesa dei San Salvador

Again San Magno (St Magnus) did dream and this time the Saviour (Salvatore) did appear and sent him a sign. A red cloud it was. And another of the eight churches he did build went from dream to reality! That took place in 639 but the first time it was documented was in 1067. After the big fire of 1106. The church was first consecrated in 1177. The constuction of the present church building begun around 1508.

Chiesa di San Salvador

Saints Nicholas, Leonard and the blessed Archangel Canetoli by Giovanni Battista Piazzettar
Saints Nicholas, Leonard and the blessed Archangel Canetoli by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Funeral monument to the procurator Andrea Dolfin and Benedetta Pisani, by Giulio del Moro
Funeral monument to the procurator Andrea Dolfin and Benedetta Pisani, by Giulio del Moro

Funeral monument to the doges Lorenzo and Girolamo Priuli, sculptures by Giulio del Moro
Funeral monument to the doges Lorenzo and Girolamo Priuli, sculptures by Giulio del Moro

Tomb of Theodore of Amasea
Tomb of Theodore of Amasea with “St. Theodore in Glory” by Pietro Mera above it

The Transfiguration of Christ by Tiziano Vecellio
The Transfiguration of Christ by Tiziano Vecellio

The Banquet in Emmaus
The Banquet in Emmaus

In the back on the top: The earlier Antonio Contarini in adoration of the Holy Sacrament. A mosaic by Crisogono Novello
In the back on the top: The prior Antonio Contarini in adoration of the Holy Sacrament. A mosaic by Crisogono Novello

San Gerolamo
San Gerolamo

Monument to St. Pius X by Antonio Baggio
Monument for St. Pius X by Antonio Baggio

Inside the TIM Future Center
Next to the entrance of the church on the left side you find the TIM Future Center. Go inside! It is free and usually nobody goes here. Great place to relax for a bit and escape the crowds outsite.

Calle del Lovo
Next stop: Piazza San Marco! But that will be the next Blog Post!

 

The 2016 visit to Venice in Italy

You find part 1 here : Venice without Tourists and the best Place to stay for small Money
Part 2 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 9: Venice II
Part 3 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 10 – Venice III
Part 4 here: You are here
Part 5 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 12 – Venice V
And part 6 here: Summer Trip 2016 Part 13 – Venice VI

 

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