It’s not really a factory but this is where gondolas are made by hand. Two hundred years ago there were 10,000 of these water taxis. Today there are approximately 400 being used for tourism. A new gondola will cost around $45,000.
No trip to Venice is complete without taking a boat ride along the Grand Canal.
Santa Maria della Salute, commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice.
We had a couple of days in Venice on our way to Croatia and was up early to get the skyline and the Grand Canal.
Our second day at Lake Como was cloudy making the water less colorful. This shot is from the gardens of Villa Carlotta.
The Villa del Balbianello was the site of the last scenes of the James Bond movie. It’s located on Lake Como near Lenno. We recently spent a few days touring the area.