We had a couple of destinations in mind for our afternoon. We were making up for missing so much time yesterday. Our trek began by crossing the Rialto Bridge. Here are a couple of shots of that area and from the bridge.
Then a stop for a piece of pizza at MuroVenezia, a pleasant sidewalk cafe on the way to the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari. A glass on our table presented an opportunity to see the miracle of optics; the topsy-turvey world as seen through the glass.
Earlier in the day as I was discussing my afternoon plans with Barbara, our local guide, she suggested we stop to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari. She told us its one of her favorite places in Venice. The church, built by Franciscan Friars, took more than 100 years to construct and another 26 years for the consecration of the main altar and is a true work of art.
As we made our way from one venue to another we had a chance to glance down some of Venice’s residential streets.
La Scuola Grande Di San Rocco was our next stop. I told JoAnn it was one of my must see places. I wanted to see the Crucifixion, a masterpiece by Jacopo Tintoretto.
All of the work in the Scuola is unbelievable. Here is a sampling of the Tintoretto’s work in which he interprets the death of Christ.
The Church of San Rocco contained a pleasant surprise for us. Adjacent to the Scuola which we just left, some of the artwork in the church was undergoing restoration. As we entered, JoAnn pointed out that one of the works of art was hidden behind a canvas barrier and was being worked on. I snuck a peek and then I snuck a couple of photos. I think the next one is my favorite photo of the entire trip.
Here are a couple of other shots taken in the church.
A walk through some more neighborhoods . . .
. . . led us to Santa Maria della Salute which stands sentinel overlooking the Grand Canal. It is emblematic of the City of Venice and was erected to celebrate deliverance from the plague of 1630.
From there it was back to the Hotel Danieli to get ready for dinner.