Bologna, a city miles of covered terra-cotta arcades is a walkers dream. We began day one by strolling to the Piazza Maggiore. Our destination was the Morandi Museum. My passion for still life paintings gets reenergized when I see this artist’s work. Giorgio Morandi was born and raised in Bologna and is one of the city’s favorite sons. His still lifes and landscapes offer a purity of form and a distillation of colors that evoke a powerful image. The current exhibit is paired with the works of American artist Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud’s understanding or shape, form, shadows bring a modern juxtaposition to the exhibit. When entering museum…..take the stairs…amazing structure! See photo.

Venice has lived up to it’s reputation of being a magical city, like non other in the world. With the Venice Biennial exhibiting modern artists from all over the world set in magnificent Renaissance piazza’s, the contrast of the art of many ages was profound and exciting. Water, water everywhere. An entire culture based on boat transportation and walking makes touring this crowded city a fun activity. Favorite locations included the Friari with magnificent Titian altar of the Assumption of Mary and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Every strada offered multiple churches of beauty and every corner was surrounded by cafe after cafe for sipping cappuccino and wine. The jaunts on the vapporetto all day long made each small excursion to anew neighborhood an adventure!