I've been quiet with this blog as I prepare to start a new job next week, and finalise my previous work. I've also been occupied planning and preparing a visit to Venice later in the year.
It will be my first visit to Venice with my husband, and we'll have just six short days. My husband has been to Venice twice, but only as a day-tripper during his younger, back-packing years, and I am completely over excited and nervous at once.
There's so much I want to pack into our six-day visit (my list of things to experience is already six pages long), and I also want to give him time and space to know Venice. My goal is to have him be so bowled over by the light, the history, the mystery, the magic of the city, that he too will want to visit again and again and again...
My question for you is this: if you wanted your loved one to fall in love with Venice, where would you take them?
One of the places I want to visit is the site of poet Diego Valeri's home on Fondamente dei Cereri in Dorsoduro. I've only recently discovered Valeri's gorgeous poetry, and through Alloggi Barbaria's blog, I discovered more about Valeri in Venice.
I used to live just a few streeets away on Fondamente delle Procuratie and I savour picturing Valeri's local scene. A plaque marks the spot:
Qui c'e sempre un poco di vento
a tutte l'ore, di ogni staggione:
un soffio almeno, un respiro.
Qui da tanti anni sto io, ci vivo.
E giorno dopo giorno scrivo
il mio nome sul vento.
Here, there's always a bit of wind
all hours, every season,
a puff at least, a breath.
Here, I've lived so long, here I stay.
And I write day after day
my name on the wind.
Calle del vento 1975
Venice has 'captured' the heart, mind and imagination of so many writers, poets, artists and historians. Venice is one of my favourite subjects in art, literature and history, and I am always eager to learn more and look more at this unique and special place. This Venice blog is my way of collecting the wealth of images, poems, prose and impressions of Venice.