DREAM OF VENICE with photographs by Charles Christopher. Edited by Joann Locktov.
I have always loved Venice. Having first visited there as a teenager, when the impression of this most romantic of cities left a kaleidoscope of exotic images tattooed on my young brain, I have wanted to absorb more and more of its spirit.Now I live a short train-ride away and am regularly to be spotted wandering its narrow alleyways or sitting in a shadowy bàcaro at lunchtime, a plate of cicchetti and a glass of the local ombra in front of me. (Read my blog on this Venetian style of eating and drinking HERE)
When I was sent a copy of Dream of Venice to review, I had no idea what to expect; another coffee-table book perhaps? Well, yes and no. This beautiful book would happily grace any coffee table, but it is also a jewel-like treasure to pore over time and time again. The atmospheric photos, accompanied by the words of various lovers of La Serenissima, give a wonderful vision of Venice as it is rarely seen by the myriad tour groups who flock the main thoroughfares and never have the opportunity to see the real Venice, which is mysterious and hauntingly beautiful.
Dream of Venice has managed to capture perfectly the essence of the most beautiful city in the world.