Phoetry: Legendary Venice

This is the third in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger and “poet laureate” Orna O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original prose with my original photos and, sometimes, vice versa.

Regardless of who writes or who shoots, the end result of these creative efforts is what we’ve dubbed PHOETRY.

Next up, a Walks of Italy guided tour through Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. It’s Legendary Venice in rhyming couplets.



Words by Orna O’Reilly – Photos by Tom Weber

The morning dawned bright for our blogging event
As we climbed on the train and to Venice we went.

With time for cicchetti, an ombra or two
We meandered the cobble; the time fairly flew.

Piazza San Marco’s the place where we greet
Our excellent guide we were happy to meet.

She said “Call me Freddy!” and off we all trotted
To Palazzo Ducale, the first sight allotted.

This palace where Doges once ruled in some splendour
The spoils of their travels much envy engendered.

With ships on the seas and the stories one hears
They were wealthy and powerful for hundreds of years.

Saint Mark’s huge basilica’s next on our tour
Where we marvelled at altars and icons galore.

Four ancient bronze horses, we felt, made our day
And the golden mosaics just blew us away.

Our visit completed, we’d seen all, we reckoned,
So said our goodbyes as an Aperol beckoned!

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences of beautiful Italy with us. I have traveled to Italy a few times and have been enjoying re living that time through your ‘Phoetry’. Thanks again!


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