Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Venice Day 2 (31 Dec 08): Buon Anno Venezia!

L and I couldn’t get enough of the Grand Canal, so we went on a vaporetto again, but this time, in the daytime. Here are some more pictures:

We visited the Galleria dell'Accademia, which is a great showcase of Venetian art. My favorites in these Museums were Titian’s Presentation of the Virgin and Tintoretto’s cycle of paintings on Saint Mark. 

It was a really cold day, so instead of our usual pizza slice lunch on the go, we chose to sit inside a little tratorria run by a husband and wife team in order to defrost. The food was actually quite good, like this delicious and picturesque insalata di mare:

After lunch, L and I went to the Scuola Grande di San Roca, which is perhaps my favorite of all the sights we saw in Venice. They call this building the Sistine Chapel of Venice, and for good reason. Tintoretto was given free reign to design and paint most of the building's interior, and it’s beautiful, amazing, fantastic. Don't miss it when you go to Venice. Unfortunately, photo taking is not allowed inside, and I have to content myself with this unspectacular view of the building's entrance:

New Year’s Eve was at a little trattoria which offered a special dinner to tourists looking for something to do. It was a four hour dinner, with about nine dishes. Sadly, this meal was not entirely good, but it did have some good hits, like seafood antipasti:

polenta with mushrooms and stuffed chili peppers:

grilled prawns and cod:

Pantone (traditional Italian Christmas cake):

The dessert came at 11:50, and a bottle of prossecco was handed out for each couple. Everyone’s bottles were popped at midnight, with everyone greeting each other a joyous, “Buon Anno!” "Happy New Year!" "Nouvelle année heureuse!"

 The perfect way to begin the New Year also came five minutes before midnight: snow! Apparently it hardly snows in Venice, and this was the first time in a really long time it snowed on New Year’s Eve. I’d like to think it’s a sign from the heavens of better things ahead.

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