Venice quilt inspirations are everywhere! I have long wanted to visit Venice, and last week my dream finally came true. Oh what a beautiful city it is.
I was only there for a few days, but I walked myself into the ground in that time. The guide books suggested that I should not to plan my walks – just to walk randomly and see what beautiful buildings I could find. I did that and was totally overwhelmed.
Grand Canal Venice
First thing I saw as I left the bus station was the Grand Canal. This is the largest canal wandering through the middle of Venice. The bridges crossing this canal have about 39 steps going up and the same going down on the other side – and that’s before you’ve even started walking the streets of Venice!
I came across a building that was shrouded in scaffolding and I very nearly walked right past it.
Then I noticed an open door so I headed in and actually felt my eyes well up with the sheer beauty inside.
It turned out to be the Church of Santa Maria of Nazareth, also known as the Scalzi. So I had nearly walked straight past the second most beautiful church in Venice! Every square inch of the interior was covered in beautiful paintings, exquisite sculptures and a clever use of different coloured marble for panels and columns. What a treat! I returned to this church on my last day just to feast my eyes one more time.
An added bonus in the Scalzi was a display of Murano glass for the Easter celebrations. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to visit the island of Murano, home of the glass making industry, so it was lovely to be able to see many Murano pieces displayed throughout the church.
Just an aside on the subject of Murano glass: I bought three beautiful pizza cutters with Murano glass handles as gifts for the children. Having only half a brain working, I didn’t give a thought to going through security before the flight back. They were confiscated at the airport, so the only gift that I took home was a bib for Holly.
Venice Quilt Inspirations
Gently I meandered my way across Venice and arrived at the Basilica of San Marco. This is a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so. What a beautiful building, both inside and out.
Given time I could make a dozen quilts from all the exquisite designs that I saw on the floors.
My first quilt design loosely based on one part of one of these patterns should be finished by Friday.
The Canals and Gondolas of Venice
I couldn’t finish without a mention of the canals and gondolas of Venice. Some of the canals are huge, such as the Grand Canal shown at the top of the page, while some of them are very narrow. The only access to these buildings is by boat.
The gondolas are a tourist attraction but I don’t think they would be used by local people. I didn’t go on one myself, although it was fun watching them. The gondolier was the man on the left in a pink shirt and boater hat.
The traditional view of them is the gondolier singing to the passengers, but I only came across that once and managed to get a very short video so that you could hear him:
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