Two of my very favorite bloggers: Nereo Zane and Erla Zwingle were both fortunate enough to be in Venezia for a significant event.
I could spend a lot of time trying to re-word what was written, but it makes more sense to just direct you to Erla's post "The Patriarch Clocks In".
Read the post, enjoy the education, and get a feeling of what it must have been like to be there.
Next, check out Nereo's video clip "Il nuovo Patriarca di Venezia".
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous, but thanks to Erla and Nereo,
I kind of feel like I was there.