Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BCers Visit Italy, Switzerland & France; Pt 5: Watery Wonders In Rome & Venice

WATER OVERFLOWED when we visited Italy. There were ancient, sometimes famous fountains such as the Trevi Fountain pictured above where I suddenly felt transported into a well-known classic movie. With my back to the fountain, I tossed in three coins over my left shoulder and make three wishes.

In ancient times there were nearly 600 public basins and dozens of elaborate fountains in Rome providing the sustenance of life. Most fell in disrepair but were revitalized over centuries. They still exist today spilling out drinkable and refreshing water.

I could not resist taking a delicious sip at the Barcaccia Fountain said to have been created by baroque artist Bernini in the early 1600s. Although impossible to recognize in the photograph, I am drinking from "a leak" at the bow of a sculpted sunken boat.

Picturesque rivers steam through cities like murky mirrors of days gone by. The bridge pictured above is one of several in Rome crossing the Tiber.

At St. Mark's Square in Venice people took off their shoes and walked in several inches of sea water. These mini floods happen periodically because of the increasingly high tide of the Adriatic Sea and the slow sinking of the islands built on sandbars. Waiting ramps were quickly set up for people going into restaurants. While on the ramp, I was stunned when my camera dropped from my hand and just missed bouncing into the water. (Note to self ... buy a strap for the camera!)

During our gondola experience, we saw water reach the lower floor of buildings where we also noticed a bobbing bottle of water. A small bottle of drinking water cost over five dollars Canadian in some places. The free glass of water we expect at our tables in BC restaurants would generally cost extra during a meal in Italy. “Still water or sparkling?” the servers would ask.

One of the great watery wonders on the planet must surely be Venice (pictured above). This magical place was a highlight of our trip and is the subject of my upcoming post.

Find more liquid adventures from around the globe at Watery Wednesday.


  1. Oh, gorgeous! Dick will be even more determined than ever to get to Venice some day soon.
    I love the picture of you and and the sculpted boat, which I recognized as a boat after you identified it. LOL
    Wonderful post, Penelope.
    Luv, K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. what a spectacular collection of watery images from your europe tour. thanks for sharing.q

  3. I hope your wish(es) came true! My boss and her family just visited Italy last summer and she told me that water from the fountain tastes good and its free!

  4. Wow! I had no idea the water risingin Venice was so bad. Thats crazy! I had better get over there before too long! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Love your fountains of Rome and have alway been sad to see Venice sinking and crumbling slowly away. All things pass with time.

  6. Of the places you show I have visited Venice. But there was not that much water when I was there. :)

  7. Wonderful photos from your trip. A great watery collection.

  8. Awesome shots!
    Lucky for me, when I was there I didn't have to walk through the water!
    Thank you for sharing!

  9. I've been to Venice twice and celebrated my 64th and 65th birthdays in Rome. I love traveling in Italy - and feasting and all the wonderful creations in every place I visited. Great photos.

  10. Thank you for this tour of Venice. I enjoyed seeing it through your camera lens. I like that you give interesting information not included in travel brochures., such as walking barefoot in rising water or the price of water in restaurants.

  11. Great captures of a wonderful vacation spot! Great fountain shot too. What a shame water is so expensive there.

  12. Quite the adventure you had. My heart would have been in my mouth at the thought of the camera almost in the water.

  13. I love this post, Penelope..one of the countries I'd love to see but haven't yet! Looks like you had a fabulous time.
    I must say the rising water is a surprise to me... I hadn't realized that happened. I'm going to have a peek at your other trip pics...:)



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