Travel to Venice and the Veneto in Italy – Amateur Traveler Episode 182 Transcript

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Travel to Venice and the Veneto in Italy – Episode 98 Transcript

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Ira: Of course.

Chris: And What New Upon The Rialto. The Rialto, the first bridge across the Grand Canal.

Ira: Yes, indeed.

Ira: By the way, speaking of bridges, don’t forget the Bridge of Sighs.

Chris: Oh, sure.

Ira: If you’re at St. Mark’s Square, it’s right there.

Chris: Well, and do you want to tell people what the Bridge of Sighs is?

Ira: Aaaaah yes. This was the last sight that people who were sentenced to jail would have and they would supposedly sigh about the thought that they would not have their freedom anymore. They might have been sighing that they wouldn’t have to pay the high hotel rates, but it’s where the prisoners were led away. I don’t think all of them were condemned. I think…

Chris: Right, it may have been minor crimes, exactly.

Ira: Yeah, various crimes.

Chris: But basically between the court house, the center of the civic life in Venice, which is right there next to St. Mark’s Square, and then the jail, which is just across one of the many canals. In fact, that’s across the canal where we stayed actually, on the same island as that jail. The first time you went to Venice or to that region, I don’t know if you can remember that far back, what do you wish you had known? What do you tell your friends that no one told you before you went there?

Ira: That’s a tough one. We did not see enough of the variety of Venice. Previously I mentioned seeing Dorsoduro, which we still have not seen, but Rudy Maxa on his show really made it look very appealing. We made, I think, the fairly typical mistake of concentrating on just a few of the tourist sites. Later on we did the better thing of simply wandering around and getting lost.

Chris: Getting lost. Yes, I highly recommend getting lost in Venice. Fortunately, it’s easy to do.

Ira: Yeah, it doesn’t take any… Oh. Excuse me. Let me mention one more thing and this is going to take some editing. We go back to Verona and I have to mention Romeo and Juliet is from there. Again Shakespeare knew how to get a good tax write off. You have to see the phony balcony and it’s about as tacky as you can get. You’ll see the balcony, which dates all the way back to the 1920’s and I think they’re starting to make it more publicly open. But you then go downstairs and if you’re into such things, excuse me for mentioning this, you get to rub Juliet’s breast. And you can see which breast to rub because one is very shiny.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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