Seeing the sights

By Jonathan W.

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Today, we traveled around Venice, going to the Rialto Bridge, Ca’ Rezzonico, and the Salute.

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Rialto bridge was renovated a few years ago, and is absolutely stunning.  

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Ca’ Rezzonico.  This palazzo began construction in the 17th century, and finished building in the 18th.  We learned about the origin of the word casino, meaning small house, which is a room for socializing and gambling during winter (or whenever, really), but now casino means something completely different.
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, commonly known as La Salute, was dedicated to Our Lady of Health after a devastating outbreak of the plague.  Venetians embark on a pilgrimage to this church yearly.  It is an impressive piece of architecture, featuring a huge dome from which a chandelier hangs, columns, and many altars with paintings by famous painters such as Titian and Tintoretto.

It was a long day of walking and our feet were hurting, but the sights were worth it.