Zurich is a city running on Trams. Zurich sits on a large lake with rivers and bridges and with beautiful architecture
After picking up the rental car and navigating the streets of downtown Zurich, it was off on an eight hour drive through the mountains of Switzerland and Northern Italy to Veneto Region and quarters at Casamera Ederle in Vicenza. First day in Veneto Region was a train trip to Venice and a full day of photography.
After the train, it was a ride on the Vaporetto (which is a city bus boat and crowded like a Japanese subway) by Rialto Bridge and over to St. Mark's Square.
As expected, the pigeons were out in full force on a beautiful June day.
After St. Mark's Square, the day was spent walking across the city back to the train station.
Stops included visits to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and the Gallerie dell'Accademia.
During lunch it was a fascinating experience to see a city with all streets of water and most every kind of boat moving about the canals, including delivery boats, police boats, ambulance boats and of course the ever present gondolas.
Back to Rialto Bridge and to the train to Vicenza.
The cities of Vicenza and Padova are filled with beautiful works of the architect, Andrea Palladio.
In Vicenza, left below, is the Piazza del Castello and right is the Loggia Valmarana in the Salvi Gardens.
One awesome site in Vicenza is the Teatro Olimpico. The garden entrance is left below and the original stage from the 15th century is at right.
Villa Capre la Rotonda is a masterpiece on a hill high above Vicenza. The Rotonda was the model for Jefferson's Monticello.
There was time in Veneto to explore some Italian hill towns such as Asolo and Bassano del Grappa.
Below is view from the old bridge in Bassano del Grappa
The town center in Bassano del Grappa is right out of a movie set!
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