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Report 1924: Another Attempt at La Dolce Vita!

By Podie from Florida, Spring 2011

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Page 12 of 13: Last Full Day of Our Trip

photo by Celeste Rubanick

A View from Under the Accademia Bridge

It was overcast but dry when we left our hotel after a great breakfast. We headed over to Dorsoduro, out to the Zattere, and sat down for more coffee and cornetti as we watched the water.

We were aiming for Santa Maria della Salute, but the skies opened before we got there, and we ducked into an Arab Art Exhibit which was quite interesting. The rain wasn't going to stop so we headed back out and took cover behind the "Boy with Frog" statue, waiting for the rain to subside enough to take a picture. It finally did.

This trip I was bound and determined to tour La Fenice, and that was our next stop. After a quick stop for lunch at a little place in Dorsoduro (Art Blu maybe), we arrived at La Fenice and began our audio-tour of the beautiful theatre.

As we approached the Royal Box, we heard music and were absolutely delighted to discover a symphony orchestra rehearsing. Imagine sitting in the Royal Box for a performance at La Fenice!

The musicians' blue jeans and casual dress were replaced by gowns and tuxedos when I closed my eyes and allowed myself a few minutes of make believe. It was another very high point of the trip!

It was raining again when we left, and we headed back to the hotel for another siesta. The weather was dry but threatening when we went out later, and we decided to return to the Trattoria Bar La Pontina for dinner.

The pasta with seafood was delicious and I was so glad we'd found this place. The locals were there drinking spritzes and we shared the dining area with Australians, Germans, and Irishmen who all seemed to appreciate the food as much as we did. My stomach was finally back to normal, just in time for the long trip home.

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