0447 Discovering an Italian Gem (Ita 004â€”new)
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Iâ€™ve still got much of the afternoon left, so when I get back to Mestre I decide to check out the Italian train system. If other train rides are as cheap as the trip from Mestre to Venice Proper, than I may have finally found a Western European country where I can travel around freely on a tight budget!
So I look at the map and buy a ticket to the next city,
I get off in
I cross the bridge into the old city and scurry along to discover as much as I can in a few hours.
I soon find the War Memorial-- which is dedicated to â€śthe soldiers of all warsâ€ť-- maybe a deliberate way of avoiding reference to World War IIâ€¦
Then I continue on to check out the cathedral, an enormous Renaissance era brick church. I find these brick churches have a different, maybe not quite so arrogant and imposing feel as stone or Gothic churches...
I continue on to the east edge of the old town where I find and interesting gateway that suddenly reminds me of that, yes, this was the Roman Empire once upon a timeâ€¦ something you kind of forget about while exploring Venice. The gateway also has inscriptions telling of the courageous fight against the occupying Austrians. Iâ€™ll need to learn more about the role
I turn around and head west, along a long portico, some of it with paintings on the ceiling that look like definitely Romanesqueâ€¦ This town has all sorts of hidden little surprisesâ€¦
I continue on until I reach the lively shopping district in the old town-- a very charming sector, with pizza by the slice shops, Italyâ€™s famous ice cream parlours where they make the ice cream right there in the shopâ€¦ an imposing tower in the centerâ€¦ folks setting up for a live concert in the plazaâ€¦ And no mobs of tourists everywhereâ€¦
The cool thing about
But Iâ€™ve got a bus to catchâ€¦ So I reluctantly head back to the train stationâ€¦