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Restoration

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This essay, an excerpt from Dream of Venice written by Jane Turner Rylands, was originally published in Across the Bridge of Sighs: More Venetian Stories (copyright © 2005 Jane Turner Rylands; Used by permission of Pantheon Books, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.)   Restoration Winter settles down in […]

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An Uncanny Attraction to Venice

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Annabelle Selldorf with an uncanny attraction to Venice

This essay, “An Uncanny Attraction to Venice,” is an excerpt from the book Dream of Venice Architecture written by Annabelle Selldorf.   An Uncanny Attraction to Venice I have a deep affinity, a kind of uncanny attraction, to the city of Venice. How is it that certain places draw us back time and time again, as if guided by […]

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Che Bella Luna

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Dianne Hales writes Che Bella Luna

This essay, an excerpt from Dream of Venice written by Dianne Hales, was originally published in La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language (Broadway Books, 2010). Reprinted with permission of the author. Che Bella Luna On the last night of my first trip to Venice many years ago, a full moon, white […]

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Memoirs of Adriano

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Memoirs of Adriano is an essay about Olivetti in Venice pictured here

Memoirs of Adriano (and Carlo too) is an excerpt from the book Dream of Venice Architecture, the essay written by Guido Pietropoli.   Memoirs of Adriano (and Carlo too) “A business card in St. Mark’s Square”—that is what Adriano Olivetti asked of Carlo Scarpa, and his request was satisfied with an architecture which defied time in terms of […]

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Near Midnight in Venice

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Noelle describes midnight in Dream of Venice Architecture

This narrative describing the rhythm of a darkened Venice near midnight is an excerpt from the book Dream of Venice Architecture, the essay written by Louise Noelle.   Near Midnight in Venice Near midnight, the bells of the Basilica of San Marco toll in a particularly insistent way: they call the faithful to the “Resurrection Mass.” It is […]

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A Carnival for the Dead

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David Hewson essay Carnival for the Dead

This post, an excerpt from Dream of Venice, was written by David Hewson. The material originally appeared in his book A CARNIVAL FOR THE DEAD.   A Carnival for the Dead As Teresa Lupo crossed the Rialto bridge she found herself walking beneath lines of bright blue snowflake lights strung above the pavement, descending past the souvenir stalls, […]

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Wet Dreams

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Image accompanying Wet Dreams essay

This essay, Wet Dreams, is an excerpt from the book Dream of Venice Architecture written by Jürgen Mayer H. Wet Dreams We got our feet wet. In the fall of 1979 I visited Venice for the first time. We came down from a vacation in the Dolomiti Mountains to spend two days in the city. It was the […]

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The Rhythms of Venice

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Fog is one of the rhythms of Venice

This essay, an excerpt from Dream of Venice, was written by Marcella Hazan.   The Rhythms of Venice The rhythms of Venice, its spaces, its structures mirror human life to a degree unmatched by any other major historical city. Like its human presences, Venice has a distinctly separate waking time and dreamtime.  Her waking hours resound […]

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Doors of Venice Are Impossible to Miss

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Boym writes about Doors of Venice

This essay, an excerpt from Dream of Venice Architecture, was written by Constantin Boym.   Doors of Venice Are Impossible to Miss Doors of Venice are impossible to miss. Walk on any alley off the beaten track and every few steps you’ll encounter these monumental aged entrances on both sides of the street. Typologically, they […]