Venice was by far the most beautiful city we visited, but it was so easy to get lost in some parts and the others were so packed with tourists and pidgeons that it was hard to fully enjoy it. Our major stop in Venice was San Marco, which was hugely dissapointing. Not only did we have to pay to get inside, but we could not take pictures and everything but the aisles were roped off, forcing us to continue to walk around and leaving little room to sketch. It's a shame too because the church itself was incredible and we did not get a chance to enjoy it. We got a chance to visit a museum by Carlo Scarpa shortly after that and I was very impressed with that. While I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of Scarpa in general I certainly appreciate his work. His attention to detail is incredible and some of the smallest components are planned out to a great extent. Not to mention I am a huge fan of his staircases. Venice is certainly a city that is geared towards couples, not college kids, so everything closed down somewhat early and our nights were pretty quiet again. The next day we stopped in two churches, Il Redentore and San Giorgio Maggiore, both done in very similar styles and both very impressive. We spnet a second night in Venice and the next morning we were off to our half day trip to Verona.
Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, was apretty quick stop for us. We started off looking at the facade of a bank done by Scarpa. From there we moved to Juliet's balcony. The balcony was a lot lower than I thought it would be but the whole thing was pretty cool, the walls were covered with people who wroet their name next to their partner's or peopl who wrote love notes, or just people who wanted to graffiti. From there we made our way to the Castelvecchio Museum, an old castle which was redesigned by, yup that's right you guessed it, Carlo Scarpa! This was definitely his most impressive work that we saw. There was not a detail that we all didn't love and the place turned out to be like a maze, with bridges and stairs that led everywhere. Again I loved every single one of his staircases. From Verona we made our way to Vicenza.
We got to Vicenza pretty late after the day in Verona, so we just walked the city a bit once we arrived and that night had our second group dinner. The next day was the big one, Palladiopalooza! It seems like Andrea Palladio designed every building in the city of Vicenza, I know he certainly designed every one we looked at. We started off at Villa Roltunda, which was slightly outside of the city but was defintely my favorite building of the day. We sketched outside for a long time, it was really nice in the sun, after that we got let inside and only spent about a half hour in there sketching because it was freezing. We decided by the end of the day hat Palladio's designs did not allow for heating systems because not one of his buildings were warm. From there we saw several of his Palazzos and made our last stop at Teatro Olimpico, a theater tht was designed and built to look like the street outside. It was pretty cool, but by the point we were all pretty tired, so we were let go and wandered the city a bit before we moved on to Milan the next day.