Can you belong somewhere you’ve never actually lived? Especially a place that’s engulfed by millions of tourists every year?
I don’t know the answer, but I hope it can be ‘yes’. Although, sadly, I’m not sure the few remaining true inhabitants of Venice would agree with me.
After multiple visits, Northern Italy’s wondrous lagoon city has me captivated. If someone offered me the chance to go and live there, I wouldn’t even hesitate.
And it’s not just sights like the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s that have me mesmerized. There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting lost among the calli (singular calle; the narrow Venetian alleyways), campi (singular campo; the Venetian squares – campo literally means field), and canali (singular canale; canals) of the Cannaregio district. Although I’ve walked the area so often now, getting lost is harder and harder!
PS. Most of these photos were taken while researching the fifth book in the Jaspa’s Journey series, The Ses Collector of Venice.
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