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Quotes about Venice

A little collection of our favorite quotations about Venice. Can you suggest more?

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go

Truman Capote

There is something so different in
Venice from any other place in
the world, that you leave at
once all accustomed habits and
everyday sights to enter an
enchanted garden.

Mary Shelley

Wherever you go in life, you will feel somewhere over your shoulder a pink, castellated shimmering presence, the domes and riggings and crooked pinacles of the Serenissima
Jan Morris - 'Venice'

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
Erica Jong, Shylock's Daughter (1987): formerly titled Serenissima

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This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty - this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

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My beautiful, my own
My only Venice-this is breath! Thy breeze
Thine Adrian sea-breeze, how it fans my face!
Thy very winds feel native to my veins,
And cool them into calmness!

George Gordon Noel Byron "The Two Foscari"

Venice once was dear,
The pleasant place of all festivity,
The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy.

George Gordon Noel Byron "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"

Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?
William Dean Howells

Kristina has been to the Maldives but never to Venice, and I have been to Venice but never to the Maldives.

Roger Moore

Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
Henry James

A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.
John Ruskin

To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.

Alexander Herzen

It is held by some that this word VENETIA signifies VENI ETIAM, that is, come again, and again, for however oft you come, you will always see new things, and new beauties.

Jacopo Sansovino

In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain.
Arbit Blatas


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