Having a blast in Venice
Venice Travel Blog› entry 18 of 30 › view all entries
As I write to you now, it is our 2nd full day here in Venice. Later today, we will be touring the Accademia museum on the other side of the island and taking a walking tour to see San Marco cathedral and the other attractions around the square. Yesterday, we took a train out of the city to Padova to check out the Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel. The interior frescoes, painted by Giotto, are some of the most famous and significant works of art from the early Renaissance. We were only allowed to spend 15 minutes inside, because the carbon dioxide we exhale will slowly deteriorate the paintings. Despite the short appointment, I really enjoyed looking at the frescoes. Some of the techniques Giotto employed, such as modeling and technical perspective, had never been seen before and set the stage for many of the great painters of the high Renaissance forward.
During our journey from Rome to Venice, we were able to stop by at Ravenna to see San Vitale, one of the last remaining Byzantine churches in western Europe. It was a nice break from the Gothic and Baroque churches in Florence and Rome; definitely, a worthwhile side trip.
With classes winding down, I will have less time to update in the next few days, so expect a nice wrap up when we settle down in Oxford. Have a wonderful day!