Posted by: cyradisnyc | April 26, 2009

Day Four: Last Full Day in Venice

This was my last full day in Venice. The day started out beautifully. We returned to Venice. We spotted that the fish market at the Rialto was still going on. When we entered, we found stacks and heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables. Walking on through, we found an enormous amount of fresh seafood. Octopi, cuttlefish, sardines, and live eels! No wonder the seafood is so good. We bought some strawberries, and they were the best I think I’ve ever had. Perfectly ripe and juicy, eating them turned my fingernail tips pink.

We then went over to the Campo San Rocco, going to the Sculoa Grande of San Rocco, best known for having every single surface (with a few notable exceptions) covered by Tintoretto paintings. It is also filled with sculpture and incredibly breathtaking. I’m not going to even try and describe this. Do a google image search for “Sculoa Grande of San Rocco.” Try to imagine standing underneath it, being surrounded by Tintorettos and detailed, beautiful sculptures and flooring. It’s unbelievable. They also had a brilliant idea for viewing the ceiling paintings–they had 1×2′ (roughly) mirrors that allowed you to view the ceiling canvasses without wandering around craning your neck.

We then went into a nearby church which was also just amazing, the Sesiter de S. Polo. I loved it. Italian churches in Venice are laregly a mix of Renassiance/Old Masters paintings and Baroque art.

We ate dinner at a restaurant that we found while exploring the Rialto. Kate and I split a big plate of appetizers. I deviated from my seafood pattern to order a suckling pig leg stuffed with corn and other good things. The skin was still on. This was one of my favorite dishes! It was incredibly good. I did not enjoy the quiche that came with it as much, but the pig was absolutely fantastic.

We then headed back to Treviso, after taking a partial nighttime vaporetti ride around the city.

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