Venice at night

The beauty of Venice really shines at night. We took the following pictures one evening taking the Vaporatto (water taxi) ride near the train station, then going out into open ocean passing the cruise port, and getting off at the mouth of the grand canal near Plaza San Marco.

We finished the evening with a walk over Academia bridge to admire the view of the grand canal and having dinner at Plaza San Vidal.

Saint Bartholomew Flayed

Video blog of the sculpture St Bartholomew Flayed

The following video clip shows the sculpture “Saint Bartholomew Flayed” in Milan Cathedral.

The sculpture was finished in 1562 by Marco d’Agrate. Its one of the stunning piece among many famous artworks in the cathedral. Its visceral yet calm posture is a testament to early days of the Christian faith. The saint shows his flayed skin thrown over his shoulders like a stole.

According to tradition, Saint Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He travelled to India and Armenia to preach the word of God. He was brutally executed in Armenia.

Lake Como

Exploring beautiful lake como

We took a boat trip on the beautiful lake Como in the fall of 2017. The lake is located in the Northern part of Italy in the Lombardy region.

Our trip started from the picturesque city of Como, Italy. We arrived there on an early morning bus trip from Milan. The city itself has a history dating back to Roman times. It is also the starting point for most trips on the lake due to many available ferries that provides hop-on hop-off service to many towns around the lake.

Notable sites around the lake includes the beautiful hillside town of Tavernola, celebrity houses like those of George Clooney and Madonna, the gorgeous villa and terrace used in the Star Wars movie and the lovely town of Bellagio with its charming gardens.

We took the below pictures as we explored the lake from the comfort of our boat while enjoying an Italian lunch with dessert and wine – all for under 20 Euros!

In my other blogs under Lombardy, I will have more details of the individual sites around the lake. Click on this link – Lake Como Tour to see a YouTube video clip of the trip.

Hope you enjoy the video and pics and get to visit there as well!

Florence in pictures

We spent a few days in Florence during our 2017 Italy trip. Below are some pictures we took that highlights this beautiful city. Check out my other blogs about Tuscany for details on some of these sights.

Florence historic city center at night

Hall of the Five Hundred (Palazzo Vecchio)

Italian breakfast at a Florentine cafe

Palazzo Vecchio

Statues at Plaza del Signoria

A fresco inside the Medici residence

Florence viewed from the Duomo

The Florence Duomo

“Sabine Woman” (Academia Gallery)

Michelangelo’s “David” (Academia Gallery)

Vassari’s painting of Dante’s inferno