Having girded our stomachs with food and drink — well, ice cream and water — we set off in the general direction given to us by our very helpful gesticulating Italian Policeman.
Our route took us out of the heat and the seething masses of St Mark’s Square and into the shade of the maze of narrow backstreets that exist between and behind the main waterways. It takes some time for your eyes to get used to the lack of light.
Venice is similar to another famous canal city — Amsterdam — where the only way you can build is up! The backstreets are narrow — often one person wide — and I am sure some of them never see the light of day.
As you can see, we are walking in half light — at least on this street we could walk side by side.
One can only imagine the marketing strategies that you would have to employ if you had a business here to get people to your doorstep.
The next street looked abandoned…
However, if you look upwards into the light, you can see signs of life — flowers growing in pots on a small balcony.
David — you will be delighted to know you can find quieter watering holes where you can rest awhile — this one was particularly tempting as it had an open terrace alongside the canal.
We would have stopped, but it was ludicrously expensive, and decided that a photograph would have to suffice.
Over another bridge, and we have the opportunity for the obligatory gondola shot in good light.
This bridge leads us to a small square dominated by the church of St Mary of the Lily — Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio which has one of the finest Venetian Baroque facades in all of Venice.
It really is quite breathtakingly beautiful.
If you take a photograph from another perspective at the bottom of the Square you can see exactly why it is called a facade — the same building taken over a far more welcoming and considerably less expensive cafe on the waterfront.
We make what we hope is our final turn back to the main water way and go down a long passage — even alley is too wide an expression to describe it. We have made it waterside to the jetty — what a relief — we have left the maze behind we now have water and water marks as opposed to landmarks to navigate by.
Turning and looking back you can see the passageway we have just exited — it really does look if the building on the right is holding up the one on the left.
This is the view looking back down towards open water — rather than up the canal. The domed building on the opposite side of the Grand Canal is Santa Maria della Salute commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica.
Constructed in the Baroque style is is the most recent of the so called “plague churches.” Plague churches as their name suggests were rather grand offerings built to glorify God and to grant relief and deliverance from the Plague which swept through Europe at regular intervals.
Right opposite our ferry station was this rather nice painted building — for which I can find no identity, at the time I hoped it was going to be an indicator or more delights to come once our ferry connection arrived.
Lastly — and because of mine and David’s curiosity here is a map of where we walked — crazy!