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Thursday Doors – Love in the time of Corona 3

To get around in Venice, you need to know a bit of Italian to interpret the map. But it is complicated. For example, a piazza is a large, central open square, but the Piazzale Roma is a bus terminus. And there are two piazettas, either side of the Basilica San Marco. However, districts have squares, called a campo, which are urban and not close to canals. Not to be confused with a campiello and a campazzo. I thought I was walking to a swimming pool when I saw the sign “Piscina“, but it is actually a pond which has been filled in to make solid ground.

The Piazza San Marco is the heart of the city. The Doge’s palace, the Basilica San Marco, the campanile (bell tower), the national library and the Correr Museum form the boundaries of the piazza.

Tourists in short supply outside the Basilica San Marco
Doorway into the Basilica. The building is of Byzantine design, wonderful mosaics.
Boring doors, phenomenal portico entrance
The winged lion is the symbol of St Mark the Evangelist and Venice. The Doge (Duke) of Venice kneels in front of the bibliophile lion. The signs by the door explain why the palace museum has been closed.
The Palazzo Dandolo was converted into a 5 star hotel, the Danieli. This is the tradesmen’s entrance round the side.
This is a trompe l’oeil wooden door set in the wall of the prison. No tours allowed because of the Coronavirus.
Sneaky shot inside the portico of the prison
Green closed doors on the Piazetta dei Leoncini, shadows of the Basilica

Around the Piazza there are some fancy restaurants, with chairs splayed out into the square, but there were very few patrons. Not surprised, the cost of a coffee approaches $20 (strings attached – pardon the pun) when the orchestra plays for you.

The ugly steel plate on the bottom of this boring door is meant to keep out flood water during acqua alta
“Please don’t sit on the steps or take photos from the bridge”

Around the corner, there is a shop/museum showing the office machines made by Olivetti. The Museo Correr used to be the offices of Napoleon, who took over the city state at the end of the 18th Century.

You can now take a virtual tour around the museums of Venice free of charge.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

6 replies on “Thursday Doors – Love in the time of Corona 3”

Some of the shots outside the basilica show how truly majestic that entrance is: wow!
Looking through these I kept thinking how under normal circumstances many of these shots would have been loaded with tourists to the point of barely seeing the doors. And knowing what we know now about the virus and the damage it would eventually cause there, gives these shots somewhat of an eery feel.


Although I wouldn’t want it to be for this reason, what a joy to see all these beautiful buildings without a zillion people in the shot. 🙂 I love seeing these, too, because as I may have mentioned before, I really like Donna Leon’s series set in Venice so it’s fun to see the places she mentions. I’ll have to look for the link to the virtual tour.



It’s impossible to take a bad picture in Venice. It’s such a gorgeous place, with so many books and crannies, marvellous and miserable doors and “calle” – barely more than a single-width alleyway. It was my city of dreams for many years. Continues to be, I guess. I’m looking forward to a third trip at some as yet unknown future date.


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