• Gemme nascoste e avventure: Venice, Italy!

    by  • May 20, 2018 • 0 Comments

    The first week in Venice has been nothing short of amazing. Despite the jet lag, there has been so much to do and learn about in this beautiful city on the water. I can finally say that I have somewhat oriented myself and know my way around. “This is the corner where Madi tied her shoe. This is where we got lost looking for gelato. This is where I bought the bracelet for my mom.”

    Getting lost has never been so delightful; no street or corner is the same. The city has so much character with so much to be discovered. Venice the Incognito: hidden gems amongst the “tourist-y” crowds has begun the sort of game we have been playing while exploring the city to uncover the secrets and history that it beholds. You begin to realize how much of Venice is overlooked… the tourists come on their cruise ships, buy a souvenir from a vendor in front of St. Mark’s Basilica and leave. I have been absolutely astounded that other people aren’t raving over the complexity and beauty of the city. From getting lost and ending up in front of La Fenice (which has burned down twice and rebuilt: “com’era e dov’era), to trying to find Nutella gelato and ending up at the Rialto bridge, trying to find a place to eat and realizing you have just crossed the Accademia bridge.

    Venice stands for so much: individuality exemplified through the vast architectural details and roads, integrity shown through the hundred year old buildings that have never been remodeled, and freedom of expression as seen on the island of Burano with technicolor buildings and graffiti all over every wall.

    The goal coming to Venice was and still is to look past the facade that is the tourism epidemic of Venice and look for the “gemme nascoste” to understand the complexity of this city that contains so much history.




    The Rising of the Sun and the Phoenix

    by  • May 18, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Today we set the record for our earliest call time yet. We met at 6:30AM to catch the sunrise (and avoid the crowds) in the morning. This experience was really special because it felt as we had all of St. Mark’s Square to ourselves. The only people up at this hour were men tending...

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    Italian Churches and Sunsets

    by  • May 16, 2018 • 0 Comments

    This morning the students got an early start on our scavenger hunts that have been taking us through various places in the city. We then regrouped at the palazzo to head to the Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church, and completed another scavenger hunt. We took a brief detour to look at the statue of...

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    First day in Venice!

    by  • May 15, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Today was our first day out in the beautiful city of Venice.The first stops for our trip were in Piazza San Marco to see the Basilica di San Marco and then walk through the Doge’s Palace. As we were walking from our palazzo to our destination there were many little details about the city...

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    Weary But Here!

    by  • May 14, 2018 • 0 Comments

    Despite some flight delays, everybody arrived safely at last. Because some of the students got into Venice too late to go to the local grocery store, we ended up grabbing a quick dinner close to our palazzo. Here are all our students and, front right, our fantastic CIEE in-country contact, Elena, who meet them...

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