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.

Friday 3 June 2016

Landing at Marco Polo Venezia

There is something magic about this name: 'MARCO POLO, VENEZIA'.

I get such a kick of delight when I use the code 'VCE' to make an airline booking, and then I spend weeks and months gloating over it on my travel itinerary.  And then the day of departure finally arrives and I get to see those three letters printed on my boarding pass and attached to my bag...

And then the anticipation of the arrival at Marco Polo Venice...

On this occasion, the fog made the arrival somewhat hazy.  But knowing Venice was down there and tracing the line of the rail and road bridge into Venice...that really was special.

Can you just make out Venice down there in the fog?  Can you see the long line of the road and rail bridge linking Venice to the mainland? Photo (c) Capturing Venice, May 2016

This is what Venetian writer, Paolo Barbaro, says about landing in Venice in Venice Revealed:

"I look down on it again myself: Venice, mysteriously interrogatory and enchanted, tranquil and troubled.  Pathetic, motionless, delicate - sailing, maybe...There is a moment of silence in the airplane, our fraction of eternity.  Japanese, Brazilians, Venetians...who are we, really, in here, but a group of individuals, big and little, young and old, spying on the flower of stone in the sea from on high?".

Happy Friday!


  1. I didnt fly into Venice unfortunately, but I went in by taxi from Mestre and I still remember well the tingling of anticipation as we approached, craning my neck for my first glimpse of what i could recognise of Venice. Over the next 4 days (only!), she didn't disappoint:) Lesley xx

  2. Hi Lesley - I think you're right - arriving in Venice is special no matter how it happens! Best, Karen

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