Ah, romantic Venice!
Every day is Valentine’s Day when it comes to our love affair with Venice.
No matter that in high summer, when cruise ships disgorge their passengers, the tiny pedestrian streets are clogged with tourists jostling elbow to elbow.
We’ll always be in love with Venice – nicknamed La Serenissima (the most serene).
We can never get enough of the city, birthplace of Casanova. Its canals and singing gondoliers. Its bridges. (Did you know Venice has over 400 bridges?) Its palaces and museums…
And the light!
Venice is just one of the most beautiful places to see in Italy!
So how many ways have visitors said, “We love romantic Venice”?
Let’s quote some masters of the pen and other luminaries as we share some of Venice photos with you:
1) City of mirrors
“It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.”
~ Erica Jong, author of Shylock’s Daughter (1987), formerly titled Serenissima
2) Better than chocolates
“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”
~ Truman Capote, quoted in the Observer, 1961
3) Aglow in orange
“An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above.”
~ Henry James, author of Aspern Papers, 1888
“Flamboyant, radiantly beautiful, Venice, Italy, owes her grandeur to the sea, a bond celebrated yearly through regattas such as the Vogalonga. Today it is a human tide that washes over her—millions come to capture a glimmer of her charms.”
~ from “Venice: More Than a Dream,” February 1995, National Geographic magazine
5) Like a movie set
“Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.”
~ Frida Giannini, Italian fashion designer, 2011
“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”
~ Alexander Herzen, 19th century Russian writer
Photo credits: 2, 6 and 8 to 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase