Susan was not feeling much better the next day, but in true Columbus fashion (or Marco Polo) we forged ahead...San Marcos square, the Palazzo Di Doge.

The Doge’s Palace was where the eldest and wisest of the city merchants lived. Court was convened in many different rooms.

Today we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast,

However, criminal proceedings were conducted in the ”Senate,”

and the guilty found themselves walking from the Senate to the prison next door via the "Bridge of Sighs".

With IPad in hand, Duke was able to wend our trip through the narrow alleys, byways, and lovely canals to the square. We took the presumptive gondola ride early (before the crowds formed a line to take one) and before the sun got hot enough for the back canal soup-water started to develop an odor. (Never really bad, but you sure don't want to fall into water.)

After which, we walked around enjoying each corner that revealed a new world of old buildings and a way of life that seems to be timeless. It is very easy to get lost in this universally unique city of a thousand years.

Of course we enjoyed food and drink all day; the pasta was always al dente, and the wine local and tasty. We have to admit, that we have been going at a record pace, and are looking forward to our final stop in Tuscany at the winery, but until then, our next stop tomorrow is Verona; home of the wonderful saga of Romeo and Juliet.

Susan was not feeling much better the next day, but in true Columbus fashion (or Marco Polo) we forged ahead…San Marcos square, the Palazzo Di Doge.