We returned to Venice for one last goodbye

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Above, one of numerous old villas along our route today

Below - We stopped to visit Villa Pisani

          

Villa Pisani is the most majestic and ornate of the villas on the Brenta Riviera .

It was built by the rich Pisani family in 1735 to celebrate the election of Alvise Pisani

as Doge of Venice - the city's 114th ruler - hence, it was designed with 114 rooms.

     

It is much more formal and imposing than most of the Veneto pleasure villas.

It was the site of the first meeting between Hitler and Mussolini.

           

A long water channel links the main building with the grand facade of the disguised stables beyond.

           

As if Venice’s streets aren’t enough of a labyrinth, you can get just as lost

in the world’s most difficult garden maze: Il Labirinto

     

Above, Gerolamo Frigimelica designed the Maze of Villa Pisani in 1720,

and nowadays it is one of the most famous and best preserved in Europe.

Below - We're back in Venice and saying goodbye to our bikes.

           

The city of Venice, Italy is simply stunning and completely unique.

     

Above - The streets and canals of Venice

     

Above - Judith is out shopping again.

You can't leave Venice without souvenirs.

     

Above - The market and churches

     

Above - We always need the obligatory gondola and gondolier photo.

Below - We stayed at the Dei Dogi, a five star Boscolo Hotel.  OK, we're spoiled.

           

Above middle, Judith on her bed  -  Above right, Fred's bed and window view

Below - The Hotel gardens extended all the way to the lagoon.

           

It was once a 17th Century palace, which later became the French and Savoyan embassies.

Below - Our party enjoying a drink at the pier on the lagoon.

           

Below - Our party chanting in the cave

     

In addition to elegant frescoes, the hotel contains magnificent Murano glass chandeliers

          

Above - The beautiful setting in the garden for our goodbye dinner

The Dei Dogi's restaurant is renowned for its delightful Venetian and international cuisine.

Below - Judith and Fred enjoy their vegetarian dinner prepared especially for them by the chef

           

Below - Judith says goodbye to Venice