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August 26, 2010

Not a Cornetto in Sight

Filed under: Venice Restaurants — Tags: , , , , , — nevice @ 12:37 am


I am of course, not referring to the renaissance trumpet-like instrument that resembled an elongated, bent recorder but to the well known delicious crispy baked wafer covered with chocolate and filled with various flavoured ice-creams. But why refer to this at all? Well, it’s because thanks to Cornetto adverts; in my mind, the image of just such an ice-cream being eaten in a gondola whilst being punted by a gondolier, was the defining picture of Venice for me…and a week ago, I was just about to depart for just that City.

I was departing on a City Break to Venice and as mentioned, the image of the ice cream was foremost in my mind; I had never been to Venice and was hoping that by the time I returned, some more appropriate images of Venice might be forthcoming.

My City break to Venice got off to a flying start; I was off the plane, had retrieved my bags and was in a taxi in a trice and soon after that, had arrived at the Luna Baglione Hotel; one of the best Hotels in Venice. Now, all the good hotels in Venice are in decent and convenient locations for seeing the City’s sights, but my Venice hotel was right behind St Mark’s Square…a really prime sight.

With just that thought in mind, I wasted no time in offloading my bags and was around the corner and in St Mark’s Square in a trice. St Mark’s square is the very nucleus of Venice and a must for any tourist. The very first church of the city was founded in the square in around the 9th century; at that time the square was only a small clearing around the Church, but it was expanded to its present dimensions in 1177. Contemplating the history of my surroundings, I sat a while and had a coffee I one of the many elegant café’s that spilled out onto the Square.

Now if no city break to Venice would be complete without a visit to the square, such a visit would definitely be incomplete without a visit to the square’s most famous landmark: St Mark’s Basilica. The astounding and imposing sight of the Basilica dominates the square; the building was started in the 10th century and went through successive modifications until the 1500’s; the building is an inspired combination of Byzantine and Islamic architecture and is magnificent.

So what was the interior like? In can’t tell you. There are truly not the words to describe such breathtaking magnificence; every type of ecclesiastical decoration, adornment and treasure is to be found therein and only a visit there will suffice to stay ones curiosity.

With the two most important sites ‘under my belt’, I returned to my Venice hotel and rested and the dined on the sumptuous fare of the establishment’s top class restaurant. Of course, once refreshed, I carried on exploring the sights; as I did throughout the entire city break in Venice; and what sights I saw; oh, I must also mention that throughout the whole trip, there wasn’t a Cornetto in sight!

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