|Tom's Favorite "Medicine"|
TOM'S FAVORITE SHOP NAME - As we walked through the Dosorduro island of Venice we checked out a lot of little shops. There were some GREAT bakeries and I (Rob) made sure we stopped at most of them (despite the sinus infection (it was only on the left side), I could still taste the great pastries). Of course, Tom would take a Margarita (the alcoholic drink) any time over pastries, and when we found a pharmacy with the name Margarita (spelled slightly differently), Tom said "Margarita's are my kind of medicine!"
|Mozart was here|
|Rosanna and Tom outside the opera house|
WHAT OPERAS WERE THERE? - In the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers—Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were performed.
3 FIRES - Rosanna told us the theater name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes," like the mythological bird, the phoenix.
Fire #1 happened in 1774 and it wasn't reopened until 1792; Fire #2 happened in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. Fire #3 was arson and destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004. Although we didn't get to go inside and explore here's a picture of what the rebuilt opera house looks like - amazing!
|Inside Teatro La Fenice. Credit: Expedia|
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