First up, Venice! Friends of Matt’s were completing their European tour at the start of the summer, so we met them in Venice (before they briefly came up to Rovereto). We had a lot of rain, but I would prefer Venice in the rain to Venice in the canal-stinking heat.
La Biennale di Venezia is on this year. We only stopped in at a couple of the exhibitions, and only the free ones that we happened to stumble upon. One year, which is unlikely to be this year, I plan to pay to get into the main pavilion. Also, it turns out I will dance badly in front of art on demand.
The first Sunday of the month is free museum day in Italy. I took advantage of my free time to spend an hour in a queue, waiting to see Michelangelo’s original David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. The room of plaster moulds just to the left was rather awesome.
Summer in Italy means a lot of people are on holiday, meaning I have a lot less students that a few months ago. One particular Wednesday I didn’t start work until 6pm. So I took myself down to Verona for a little shopping and a little sightseeing. This first view of Piazza Bra as you come up from the train station is beautiful!
In Trento, my home away from home. I’m here close to 6 days a week for work. It’s a little bigger and definitely a little grander than Rovereto. I love the signs of previous architectural incarnations left on the sides of buildings.