Palazzo Ducale, Ceremonial Staircase

We will have passes to the Chorus Churches, a group of churches in Venice that are not only places of Catholic worship but also, in their own right, museums.

“Venice and its lagoons” is an interesting site that has quite a lot of useful information about the history of Venice and the Veneto, and environmental problems facing the city.

This is a list of all the churches still standing in Venice, including the deconsecrated ones.”

We’ll be visiting the National Archaeological Museum in Venice located in Piazza San Marco.

A great site on Titian from the National Gallery, London.

If you want to know some basic information on altarpieces in the Renaissance, the National Gallery, London, has an excellent introduction.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.39.43 PMThe British Museum in London owns a copy of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s extraordinary and unprecedented View of Venice of ca. 1500; here’s their catalogue entry on it.

Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista

We’ll be visiting the Jewish Ghetto in Venice; visit their site for a preview of this island among the islands.

Ca’ d’Oro

Interested in Renaissance sculpture? Take a look at Verrocchio’s equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni in Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo. A model for Verrocchio’s horse is in Sweden.

A PBS website about the MOSE Project, the underwater gates that are under construction to protect Venice from acqua alta, or “high water”: NOVA, Sinking City of Venice.

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.32.42 PMOne of the great museums in Venice is the Ca’ Rezzonico, a museum dedicated to Venetian life and culture in the 18th century.


You might find this blog useful for Venice.

Verona, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Vicenza and Palladian villas of the Veneto, UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Do you like mysteries? Here’s an Inspector Morse: The Death of the Self (season 6, episode 3). It’s got everything! Paintings, Palladian villas, opera, Vicenza, Verona!



[youtube][/youtube]Romantic Venice? Look for Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Summertime (1955).

Their first encounter — pretty funny. And Hepburn’s famous fall into the canal at Campo San Barnaba!


Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, “Escape from Venice,” from 1965. “The submarine Seaview, the world’s only privately owned nuclear sub, investigates the mysteries and dangers of the sea.”



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Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 11.37.45 AMDo you like glass?  If so, take a look at this review of an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on the work of the Venetian architect and designer  Carlo Scarpa (1906-78). The exhibit will be at the Met hrough March 2, 2014. And here’s a link to the Met’s discussion of the exhibit. A few more works can be seen at this link. Do a search for his architecture! Amazing!

 One place to visit in Zadar, Croatia, is the promenade along the water to hear the Sea Organ — it’s about 35 pipes that are activated — and make their sounds — by the motion of the sea and waves. Here’s a recording from YouTube.



From the New York Times (June 24, 2015)…“36 Hours in Split.” You’ll want to go!

Before visiting Mostar, Boznia-Herzegovina, watch this short animation about two 5th grade friends and what happened to them in 1992. “A Kiss Deferred,” by Moth Collective, NYT, July 30, 2015.

Here is an excellent site about some of the churches in Croatia. And here is the UNESCO site for the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. And a short video about this important site: