The Calle delle Botteghe near Campo Santo Stefano was one of the first streets that I ever got to know in Venice, whilst I was staying at the Istituto Ciliota.
I'm always glad to walk past the bright pigments in the window of L'arcobaleno (The Rainbow). I'm sure it used to only sell artists' supplies. It now incorporates very tempting stationary and some unusually nice looking souvenirs.
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.