“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice.
When Artist Paolo Ferraris recalls our trip to Venice, his approach is an artful one.
Venice is a city full of ghosts, good ghosts. Venice can be overcrowded with tourists, noisy, hazy and suffocating but with the right attitude, if you can stomach the foolish intent of getting lost or turning into a narrow alley on a whim, following a fragrance, a whisper, a glimmer on the water, you will be rewarded.
Paolo recalls finding an empty corner, a campo (square) with a view on the Laguna.
You will find empty tables, chairs, benches and ledges. But they are not empty. It’s a gathering of Venetian ghosts. Sit down with them, share a drink, be polite, they will make room for you. They will share with you what Italians elevated to a form of art: sitting in a public space and beholding the greatest itinerant show, the grand spectacle of life as it unfolds before your eyes.
“Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportionate, the absurd and the forbidden.” Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales.
Venice, the Floating City is one of the gems of Italy. When it comes to getting lost in Venice, being with an Italian is definitely the way to go.
For my part, I re-tell our trip to Venice by highlighting the best food the Floating City has to offer. Plus the surprising discovery that eating well in Venice, doesn’t mean spending a fortune.
See more of Paolo Ferraris Colors Venice, a liquid adventure series and let your imagination take you all the way to Italy.
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