At night the crowd thins, with some folk perhaps walking through after dinner somewhere, and most people there just simply taking it all in. The last few customers in the caffés sit
Campo San Marco holds many interesting corners, so during the day go beyond the square into some of the smaller Calle (small streets) and cross the bridges over the smaller canals. The space immediately behind San Marco, to the north, is surrounded by canals (good photography spots) and has some interesting streets and shops - Calle de Cavaletto, Calle de Fabri and Tera de la Colonne.
By complete contrast is the modern 20th century collection at the Peggy Guggenheim.
Originally her home in Venice, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni has been a gallery for many years and you can see fine examples of the works of Picasso, Ernst, Pollock, Miró and Kandinski. The Palazzo is surrounded by a beautiful garden, with tranquil meditation spaces, and looks out over the Grand Canal.
It's most dominant church, to the eye at least, is Santa Maria della Salute which commands a forceful position on the Grand Canal. It is beautiful inside and out and is just made for photographing day or night.
|Bar/osteria Ai Pugni on Canal San Barnaba, taken from Ponte di Pugni|
Another lovely area is the Zattere, a wide Fondamente facing Canale della Giudecca and Giudecca Island, which boasts the Bauer Palladio Hotel and the Cipriani at it's eastern tip. Giudecca's church, chiesa de Redentore, is a wonderful landmark that can be seen easily from San Marco.
Ninfa's tiny shop is located on Fondamenta Gherardini at 2834/A. The nearest vaporetto stop is Ca' Rezzonico and you walk diagonally across Piazza San Barnaba to Fondamenta Gherardiniand her shop is on the left two doors after Bar Ai Pugni.
She combines interesting traditional materials, such as silver and pearls, with modern materials such as resin, stainless steel and natural products like bovine horn. The result is imaginative and stylish. She also makes stunning and colourful glass bead necklaces. So, if you are in Venice before Chrstmas, and need to find that perfect gift – or any time really – check out Ninfa's beautiful jewelry. Here are some examples:
The Rialto area was the first part of Venice to be developed, and it soon became a centre for commerce. The town's principal market was transferred here at the end of the eleventh century. Trading of all kinds took place, and this would be where Venetians and merchants
An interesting development for the Arsenale is "SECOND CHANCE – From Industrial Use to Creative Impulse. This slogan encapsulates the vision of five European cities to bring new life to former industrial sites and transform them into vital, creative and successful cultural spaces." Venice is on of the five cities.