An interesting fact - the only person to ever escape from here was Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (pictured above left) after being imprisoned in the Doge's palace for his interest in witchcraft. The tall, dark Italian dandy demonstrates perfectly the spirit of carneval in 18th Century Venice with his well-known life of drinking, partying and whirlwind affairs. Spawning famous portayals of him by the late Heath Ledger and David Tennant (pictured in his role as Casanova in the TV drama of the same name, above.)
The afternoon continued with us setting out to go to the Gallerie dell' Accademia. I thought it was a large art gallery containing exhibitions of modern art. I find modern art can be very hit and miss but do often find it, and the people that go to them much more entertaining than dusty museum art galleries containing painting that haven't seen natural light in decades and can, as they often do in many papal cities, be largely religious themed.
I can only recommend the Gallerie dell' Accademia if you are into faded, mostly religious art from between the 12th and 18th century. I think the only paintings I found interesting were those depicting Venice as it once was and the one depicting the funeral of Saint Ursula. A very silly woman in my opinion who took 40 virgins to convert the Germans. Yeah...as you can imagine...did not end well.
Next day I flew home. Still wish I could have stayed longer. Still great time, great memories.