Pisa Is Not Alone (Venezia 208)

Mention a leaning tower and Pisa gets all the attention; not without warrant I must say, for the colonnaded design of that tower makes it particularly attractive (not to mention its impressive neighbours in Field of Miracles) and if you ever ascend its spiral, the experience of feeling thrown from wall to wall as the lean … Continue reading Pisa Is Not Alone (Venezia 208)


Really Mr McEwan! (Venezia 109)

I've long enjoyed Ian McEwan's works since reading The Innocent many years, and have a number of signed first editions as a result, but I hadn't read The Comfort of Strangers until I returned from my recent trip.  Now to be fair, nowhere within the tale does he confirm that the setting is Venice, but with a such … Continue reading Really Mr McEwan! (Venezia 109)

Not all it’s cracked up to be (Venezia 15)

Time for one of the obvious Venetian shots - the pinnacle of the Campanile San Marco, bell tower of the basilica that dominates the great piazza, and many views of the city from the lagoon.  It is one of the tallest, if not the tallest structure in Venice, at least until the vast ten storey … Continue reading Not all it’s cracked up to be (Venezia 15)