Signe and I arrived a day before the photography workshop began in Venice. We spent the day wandering around places we wanted to see before the workshop.
The first place we visited was the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, near the Rialto Bridge. First constructed in 1228 (rebuilt between 1505 and 1508), and located at the foot of the Rialto Bridge across from the fish market, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is one of Venice’s largest and most recognizable buildings. It was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini. When used as a trading post for German merchants, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi combined the functions of a palace, warehouse, market and restricted living quarters for its population, in this case mainly Germanic merchants from cities such as Nuremberg, Judenburg and Augsburg. The ground floor was accessible by water and was used for storage, while the first floor was dedicated to offices and an upper area contained about 160 living quarters. It has great views of the Grand Canal from the top floor. Unfortunately, on the day we were there, it was foggy. One of the pictures, the one on the bottom right, shows the inside of the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, which is now an upscale department store.
Subsequently, Signe and I wandered some more around Venice enjoying the visual history in its buildings, its magical scenery and its engineering genius as a city built on mud, sand and the slime in a difficult, inhospitable landscape. The photographs below highlight some of the magical scenery.