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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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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 […]

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Not Venezia but Venessia

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This excerpt from Dream of Venice Architecture, penned by Richard J. Goy, is the introduction to the book.   Not Venezia but Venessia Venessia. That is what Venetians call their home city; not Venezia but Venessia. This is not Italian; it’s the Venetian dialect, their own language. Pronounced with a soft double “s,” and delivered […]

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Venice Is a State of Mind

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Frances Mayes Dream of Venice

This essay, an excerpt from Dream of Venice, is the Foreword to the book, written by Frances Mayes.   Venice is a State of Mind Venice is a state of mind.  That is, the scintillating, kaleidoscopic, shifting colors of that watery realm remain alive inside me long after I depart the actual city. While there, […]

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Lost No More

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Welton Lost No More in Dream of Venice Architecture

Lost No More is an excerpt from Dream of Venice Architecture written by J. Michael Welton.   Lost No More I’m an eighth-generation Virginian, a fact that carries some weight in certain parts of the Commonwealth, but precious little elsewhere. It mattered even less in Venice in late September 2012. There, Virginia seemed a quaint and claustrophobic […]