Saturday, September 17: Asolo, Villa Barbero, Villa Emo
- Asolo curves.
- Our energetic and enthusiastic tour guide, Rita.
- Villa Barbero, my favorite. In fact I have dubbed myself (with no justification) Countess Barbero.
- Villa Emo - huge and hard to take in, even from a distance.
Sunday, September 18: Castelfranco, Treviso, Brassono del Grappa
- A lamp and an arch.
- Today, the bountiful lady dispense water. Legend has it that in times past one breast gave forth red wine, the other white wine. This is a copy of the original.
- A kindly eroded lion.
Monday, September 19: Villa Trissino-Marzotto and Marostica
- Lunch in the kitchen: wonderful bread, salami, cheese, red and white wine, mineral water and later ... grappa-infused cherries to put on vanilla ice cream.
- Defining overgrown.
- Overlooking the town. Note! No umbrellas!
- Marostica castle/fortress and amazing hill-crawling walls.
- Flowers and arches.
Tuesday, September 20: Villa Foscari, Villa Pisani, Brenta River and dinner at Rita's
- Backyard of Villa Foscari. Now that's a lawn mowing challenge.
- Lovely ladies along the Brenta River.
- He looks relaxed, even in the face of the danger that is Villa Pisani.
- A modest little outbuilding surrounded by a moat at Villa Pisani.
- Next year at Villa Cornaro!
- A tableful of Tostellos.
Wednesday, September 21: Vicenza, Villa Rotonda, Teatro Olimpico, Villa Querini-Stampala (Working villa where we had dinner)
- The jolly figure in the center of La Rotonda.
- Pillar through shadows of light.
- Light and shadow, arch and pointed roof.
- La Rotonda.
- At the end of the street, Palladio's blue-roofed (secular) basilica.
- Teatro Olimpico - the central stage opening. It stretches back a good 40 feet.
- Villa Querini-Stampalia, a working villa (not Palladio's) where we had a wonderful dinner.
- The view of the villa through the arch of the entryway.
- A contemporary painting of the villa hangs in its main room on the ground floor.
- Venetian glass chandelier - ubiquitous in Veneto!
Thursday, September 22: Villa Godi, Arqua Petrarca, Villa Barbarigo's garden & Armando, Elisa and Ricardo!
- Another in the series of Venetian chandelier. This from our villa-hotel's breakfast room.
- Our villa on a hill.
- Grapes in our villa's garden. Harvest is nigh.
- Arches of Godi.
- Three-headed something!
- Possibly Petrarch?
- Mirrored gate at Villa Barbarigo.
- Armando, Elisa and Ricardo.
Friday, September 23: Venice
- The lion of Venice. I wonder when Venice decided the lion was its symbol, and how exactly they decided that?
- On the exterior of the Doge's Palace, support-group knight-style.
- Rose-colored lenses for the streetlights make it all seem all right.
- A gondolier in trademark blue-and-white striped shirt. This is NOT another picture of a rose streetlight, or beautiful villas standing stately over the canal.
- Gray and silver, sunset never comes. The light bounces from wave to wave and is never dissipated. This is my favorite picture of Venice.
- I got lucky with the pink mirrored in the canal. Believe me, that was not planned. Venice blows you shy kisses like this.