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  • Burano

  • As I stood peering over the same bridge I had been standing on seven months ago, the colors of the buildings were as vivid as they had been in my memory. Burano, famous for its colorful buildings and lace handiwork, much like the rest of Venice, seemed to remain in the…

  • Credit: Lei Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Bridge of Sighs

  • The Bridge of Sighs was given its name because sentenced prisoners would glimpse out from the bridge for a last, parting look at the city before being taken to the dungeons below to carry out their life sentences. Standing on the bridge myself, I peeked through the many holes along its…

  • Credit: Lei Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Burano: A Streetless City

  • Have you ever been required to walk through a city? Walking is a magical thing.  You have the opportunity to observe so much more than if you navigate the city by car.  It is impossible to ignore the luring aroma wafting from an open bakery door.  You get to pick up…

  • Credit: Amarie Bremel
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • The Grand Canal

  • Venice has no car but still has busy traffic. One of the major traffic way is the Grand Canal, in which water buses, water taxis, and gondolas goes along. This photo was taken from the bell tower of S. Giorgio, showing the busy waterway of the Grand Canal as well as…

  • Credit: Ge Jin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • High Tide

  • High Tide is a famous phenomenon in Venice. It depends on the tide cycle and usually last for a few hours. I was extremely lucky to see it one evening with my camera. The San Marco Square was covered with water, providing amazing reflections. 

  • Credit: Ge Jin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Knock Knock

  • For my semester in Venice, I lived in the dorm on San Servolo which is a tiny island to the south of Venice. Almost every week, a seagull would visit my dorm by knocking on the window, leaving a trace of tiny waterdrops on the glass. I started to leave some…

  • Credit: Ge Jin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

  • The little island of San Giorgio was one of my favorite places of Venice. Facing the San Marco Square, this island has one of the two bell tower of Venice that is open to public. 

  • Credit: Ge Jin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Sunset of Venice

  • This photo was taken from the bell tower at S. Giorgio, Venice, Italy. During sunset, the Santa Maria della Salute church and the old Venice looked so charming while at the same time you could see the industrilzed new Venice at the horizon. 

  • Credit: Ge Jin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Duke in Venice - Food for Thought

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My experience in Italy was one that I will never forget. I've wanted to go to Italy for my entire life, and through Duke, I was able to go to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Venice, Verona, Padova, Bologna, Milan, Naples, Pompeii, and Rome all in the…

  • Credit: Erin Locey
  • Major: Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy, Venice summer
  • In Napoli, Beside the Sea

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    A few peers from the Duke in Venice group and I take a picture atop the Castel Nuovo, a historic castle in the city of Naples. I spent the weekend there, and it was by far my favorite in Italy. I visited the very workplace of my…

  • Credit: Gabriella Rivera
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy, summer
  • Empty Calle

  • On my first day in Venice, Italy, I decided to get lost. The heat was almost overbearing, the tourists more so. Yet I was ready to explore my new home in the floating city. Straying from the crowds orbiting around Piazzale Roma, I wandered through the streets, taking in everything around…

  • Credit: Kamry Goodwin
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Percy the Teddy goes home

  • I took this photo as I left my apartment for the last time, heading to Venice Marco Polo airport and from there back home to London. Most people looking at this image would see the unique splendour of Venice - but I actually took it because this scene was totally every…

  • Credit: Bron Maher
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Just another night

  • During my time in Venice I tried my best to find a face of the city that countered the cliché notion of Venice: The Old, The Beautiful, The Romantic City. To my mind, that cliché simplified and devalued the real life of the city and its residents. Though I think I…

  • Credit: Bron Maher
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Acqua Alta Sighting

  • Prior to the occurrence of acqua alta, students at VIU were warned that water levels could rise to our knees. I was excited to use my rainboots for something other than small puddles of water. My first acqua alta experience was very exciting. I'd never seen anything like it before! There…

  • Credit: Nana Ama Mpiani
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Canal Traffic

  • I took this picture through a small opening in one of the prison's in the Doge's palace. This view puts into perspective of Venezia's beauty. When I am on land, I don't get the sense of canal traffic and how vaporettos (water bus) negotiate with water taxis on who goes first.…

  • Credit: Nana Ama Mpiani
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Wandering in Venezia

  • This picture was taken during my first week in Venice. My new friends and I got very lost in attempting to navigate streets in Venetian cities. Getting lost helped me learn to find shortcuts to different locations throughout Venice. It took some time to connect the dots of landmarks in Venice,…

  • Credit: Nana Ama Mpiani
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Gondola Ride

  • My first gondola experience in Venice with new friends from VIU (Venice international University). Reflection for this photo is written in the contest entry form. 

  • Credit: Nana Ama Mpiani
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Leaving Venice

  • Leaving Venice is hard not (only) because of the city itself, it's because of all the people you've met, all the good conversations you've had with these people and all the good food and music and intellectual and non-intellectual experiences. In short, it's leaving a part of yourself behind, yet knowing…

  • Credit: Sienna Liu
  • Tags: Duke in Venice, Italy
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain