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A Room with a View....

Of the building across the street!

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As you might have guessed, we have now lobbed into Florence and, regrettably, like Lucy Honeychurch, our lodgings do not have the remotest of views of the Duomo or the terracotta rooftops of this Tuscan town. This is as good as it gets.

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The apartment is however quite large and well set out so we have nothing to complain about.

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Yesterday we decided to spend our final day in Venice low key, loafing around in the morning before heading off for a wander through Dorsoduro, the oldest Venetian district.

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We ended up at Accademia, which is one of the major art galleries in town. The girls weren't keen to venture in (Tintoretto masterpieces would be lost on them at their tender age) but they were happy to linger on the famous nearby bridge, which offers fantastic views down to Salute and San Marco.

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While the ladies opted to rest up back in the Palazzo, I decided to soak up a bit of culture by paying a visit to Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which after St Marks is probably the most significant church in Venice.

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Several of the Doges are interred there, as are Titian and Monteverdi. A rather dull looking edifice on the exterior, the interior is most impressive, with some important works by Titian and Bellini, all of a religious theme naturally.

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I lit a candle for my Mum and Dad ('Once a Catholic...) and wandered out into the warm Venetian sunshine to the suitably melodic tones of a busking cellist. I returned to the apartment in a mellow mood as the sun set over the Grand Canal for our last night in this uniquely beautiful floating city.

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Posted by Melbinman 14:03 Archived in Italy Tagged venice

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