I am writing you from Venice! I’m currently sitting in the lobby with a huge window behind me where there is a nice breeze blowing in. We are on the island of Lido, which to my surprise has palm trees! I didn’t know there would be palm trees in Venice. I will share more pictures of Venice later, but for now, here are a few snapshots of our water color studio art class.
Travelling across the bridge to Piazza Santo Spirito, the visual arts class is examining and critiquing pieces of art sprawled out on the church steps.
One afternoon a few of us took the opportunity to inside of the Palazzo Vecchio. It was where the Medici family lived and it was incredible. Each bedroom had artwork based upon the occupant. This room pictured below was a grand room in the home and is still used today for governmental meetings. The mayor of Florence has his office in part of the Palazzo. Not a bad work address :)
The group traveled to Cinque Terre and had a wonderful time! We took a bus to Spezia, and then a boat out to the Island. Although the beaches are a little rocky, the kids still had fun swimming and cooling off. We were back in Firenze around 8pm and had our last evening with the students on the 3 week program. Its hard to say goodbye to friends that you meet from around the U.S.
On our journey to Venice, we made a stop in Verona for lunch and a break. Of course Verona being the “home” of Romeo and Juliet, there were lots of sights to see having to do with the Shakespeare Romance.
We visited the famed statue of Juliet. Touching her breast is said to bring one good luck in love!
Below, I am all sweaty but posing for you in front of the wall to Juliets home, where people leave love letters!
We arrived in Venice! Below is a sneak peak.
A student took the picture with the yellow boat! How pretty.