It was lovely and busy.
The thing about Venice is that its position at the crux of byzanitine and asian influences and roman and gothic influences is really evident in the architecture. You really do see an extraordinary mix, and I liked it. It was especially welcome after the weight, stolidness, and excess of Florentine architecture. Click on photos, and then again, to enlarge details.
There was also a building with a bell tower, which had statues that actually hit the bell to ring it.
There is a tower in the square that people can go up in, which was sure to have a lovely view…
…provided you had the stamina for the lines. I bet you can pre-order entrance tickets somewhere, but I am content down here for now.
People-watching is the best past-time anyway, and it’s free.
And by the way, one of the patron saints of Venice is Theodore.