Via Venezia

After around 5 hours of travel, by both bus and train, we arrived in Venice, only to get right onto another bus to go tour a few Palladian Villas.  We saw Villa Malcontenta and Villa Emo with our guide and Palladio expert, Wilma.  She is so knowledgable about Palladio and his works it’s amazing.  She loved to say that everything he did is “perfect”.  My favorite part of the day was visiting Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Cemetery in Treviso.  It was absolutely amazing!  I’ve never wanted to spend so much time in such a creepy place.  After all of this traveling we arrived in Venice very late Wednesday evening.  Thursday we spent most of the day in and around San Marco Square.  We toured the church and the Doge’s Palace.  Afterwards we took a lunch break and a group of us went to find this store that sells handmade sketchbooks.  This woman hand-makes every sketchbook in the store and she is the sweetest thing!  She gave us all discounts! Later in the day we visited the Olivetti Museum, Rialto Bridge and a museum designed by Carlo Scarpa.  We also got to take a mini gondola ride/taxi across the canal!  The next day we visited a few Palladian churches as well as the Punta Della Dogana Museum by Tado Ando and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  Both I had been to before, but the Ando museum had a different exhibit going on, which was much better than the one on my previous trip.