October 21, 2012

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy. October, 1980


Yes, there are pigeons in front of the major cathedrals and in the big squares in both Florence and Rome. But nowhere are they more dense than here in front of the Basilica San Marco. (This picture shows only a small fraction of them.) I have not been here in Venice for almost 25 years, during which time a lot of things have changed. For example, you now can book your free ticket online to enter the basilica for one euro. Certainly worth it during the peak summer tourist months. Another welcome change, as in Florence, people who feed the pigeons are now fined for doing so. Bravo. (Our plan is to leave Venice today and sail off to Croatia.)

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