I seem to be colllecting guide books on Venice. The lastest came from my darling daughter as a present for my birthday. It’s just a little one – The Lonely Planet Best Of Venice. In it I found a quote that has been taken from a book by Alberto Toso Fei which I think just about sums up Venice.
“Venice is not merely a physical location but a place of the soul that lives in everyone. The sensation of warm familiarity and belonging that the city transmits to those who come, even for the first time, can be disorientating. It oozes from the stones, lies around every corner. Venice is not only beautiful: it is welcoming in its ancient power to captivate, which absorbs all cultures and makes one think that at some point in one’s life, or perhaps beyond life itself, one has already sojourned here. It’s propbably true. Venice is a place of the soul.”