Venice, Piazzas, Palazzos and Padlocks

Venice Italy

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”  –  Alexander Herzen

The Hotel Grand Italia provided a splendid breakfast and after we had had several plates of excellent food we gathered together at the reception desk and when we were all accounted for we made our way to the railway station.

Padova Stazione is one of those grand public buildings that are a legacy of the fascist era in Italy and Mussolini’s principal architect Angiolo Mazzoni Del Grande.  His public buildings are iconic features of twentieth century Italy and they have an impressive functional design and layout that makes them a pleasing monument to an otherwise unpleasant era of Italian and European history.

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24 responses to “Venice, Piazzas, Palazzos and Padlocks

  1. I really like the orange buildings with the green water in that first shot.

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  2. I agree – that first photo is brilliant.

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  3. Wow you captured some great light!

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  4. These are nice pictures. They came out beautiful.

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  5. My French Heaven

    The light on these is magical! Thanks for sharing your great work!

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  6. Ah, I’ll be heading there next month for a weekend – very excited! Any tips?

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  7. I thought those padlocks were cute when I first encountered them in Cologne, but I see the problem now. Time to move on, young lovers!

    In Sydney I’ve only found one outbreak of padlock kitsch – on a Michael Jackson tribute wall on Ballast Point: http://richardtulloch.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/glebe-and-balmain-sydneys-nicest-villages/

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  8. Beautiful post Andrew, Venice is sooo pretty and romantic!

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  9. Good stuff – reminds me I must get back to Venice one day. Single tickets on the waterbus are ridiculously expensive, but a day pass or even a 48-hour pass is a bit of a bargain if you go that way again!

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  10. I love the information provided, as well as the photo’s. Absolutely gorgeous, i have always wanted to see Venice, and i still plan to someday!

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  11. Great post Andrew. I also want to congratulate you on the top photo.

    We saw a fence of padlocks in the Cinque Terre and didn’t know they were put up for love. €3,000 penalty and up to a year in prison for those caught putting a padlock up? Sheesh!

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  12. Bruges is my favorite European city… Venice my second! So beautiful and a joy to discover on foot.

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