La Serenissima…The Serene One?

October 22, 2012 / Places
Venice, Veneto
Ah, Venice, is there any city like La Serenissima? What lies behind the beautiful mask of the serene one? Proud and mysterious, she beguiles, fascinates, intrigues and seduces us. Built on a delta and marshes, one million acres of pine tree forests stripped to create the foundation, this is a city that was willed into existence. Despite her reputed fragility, she has strong bones and a strong spirit! To fully enjoy and appreciate her, she must be met on her own terms.

Venice remains unique and alluring. As one of the most visited cities in the world, serene is an adjective seldom used to describe a visit to Venice! Throngs of tourists wander the maze-like calles and squeeze onto the vaporetti. With maps in hand, they often appear befuddled and more than a little lost. But what better place to lose yourself?

One can’t help but think that she is amused, but if you succumb to her charms and summon a sense of adventure, she will reveal her quiet, private world in which we are invited to simply pause… Boats sitting idle, water softly kissing stone, her beauty mirrored at every turn giving her that ethereal and otherworldly quality. As La Serenissima dances in her own lovely reflection, we surrender to her timeless beauty!

Victoria De Maio

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31 Responses to “La Serenissima…The Serene One?”

  1. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Venezia! : so photographed, filmed, written about, explained, fund raised for and so on- yet Victoria you have managed to bring a fresh view of this magical city! Many thanks. I remember as a young recently married American I wept on approaching Venice- could not imagine that such a beautiful city could exist.

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  2. Roberto Limon

    I am sure you knew she is called serene because she is the longest-lasting republic in the history of the world. In the winter months she is not as crowded.

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    • Roberto…I would love to see Venice in all of her seasons! She is entrancing to be sure. “City of Fortune: When Venice Ruled the Seas” is a fabulous historical look at her history. Grazie!

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  3. Victoria, Thank you for your beautiful article. Your words are enticing and your photos are exquisite.I have long been a lover of everything Italian and thus have seen a lot of images but not like yours.
    Truly the heartbeat of Venice could be likened to a passionate lover and yet you have captured her on her day off. Soft sensitive and serene etched in raw natural beauty… BRAVO!!!

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    • Tom, Thank you for your comments. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is share my love of Venice. Every where you look is a photo opportunity – it’s wonderful! I did a “video” iMovie with many of these photos and Vivaldi – it’s on my blog…I think you’ll love it too! Grazie!

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  4. Michelle Vaden

    Perfect for my morning! I’ll be there four weeks from today for a lovely winter month and hope to be able to catch at least a small portion of what you captured in your photos.
    Grazie mille!

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    • Michelle, Grazie to you! Ah, starting the day dreaming about Venice…yes, perfect! I’m jealous you’ll be there for a month…my dream. Enjoy…

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  5. Lenore Chicka

    For years I’ve read about Venice, have gone to libraries and read about it, looked at hundred of brochures,looked at hundreds of picture books…still not enough.
    Each time I find another canal, or look at the flowers above the waters it starts me on another journey.
    To me, Venice is hauntingly beautiful and there’s just no end.

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    • Lenore, It sounds as if you’re enthralled as I am! I think it’s time to plan a trip? :D I know I can’t wait to go back! Grazie for taking the time to read my article.

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  6. Colleen Simmpson

    Since I live fulltime in Umbria I can enjoy trips to her Serene Republic often. We leave next week for four days to her haunting beauty. Venice is, at best, experienced mid-week in November or December. Such a beautifully written Note! Grazie Mille!!!

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    • Colleeen, Oh, you are making me jealous! I have friends in Montefalco…and am aching to get back to Italy…especially Venice. Give her “un bacio” for me. Grazie for your kind remarks.

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  7. Venice is a magical city. I love it. We had to leave early in the morning one time, and we were the only people in St. Marks Square. It was so beautiful ,and to take a taxi that early and see how quiet and how beautiful the buildings were, I’ll never forget.

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    • Barbara, Venice touches us and is indeed unforgettable.Grazie for your comments and memories. Seeing her in the quiet of early morning is something I will do!

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  8. Ahhhhhh so true. Venice is the most magical place in Italy. When I first came upon it I thought “this must be an illusion, it’s so beautiful I must be imagining it.” However I was wrong; it’s all true. I will forever have Venice in my heart and soul. No wonder so many have flocked there for hundreds of years.

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    • Lisa, I agree, seeing Venice for the first time is like stepping into a dream…And going back has its own sweet magic. Grazie for sharing.

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  9. Victoria, what a lovely article and besutiful pictures. I vividly remember walking out of the train station and seeing the my first view of the Grand Canal. I enjoyed Tom’s comment and also enjoyed your video. Beautifully written Notebook artricle.
    Grazie Alyce Ann

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  10. Wonderful! Makes you fall in love with Venice all over again! Congrats on capturing all of her charm and beauty.

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  11. Arthur Sgalia

    I love Venice, but I believe La Serenissima means “The MOST serene (republic)!

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  12. Grazie a tutti…what could be more fun and gratifying to share one’s love of a place with other like minds…buona giornata!

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  13. I once had to change some travel plans and ended up flying home through Venice. Because of the timing of flights and trains I arrived at 5 PM. By the time I got settled it was 7 PM (too late to see San Marco), and I had to leave at about noon the next day. Even though I’m sure the canals and enchanting buildings understood and forgave me, to me this very short stay was a travesty at best. However, some of the best short visits can involve nothing more than walking around, absorbing the local color. In both Venice (1999) and Rome (2010) this was the case. I discovered some enchanting niches that could easily have been overlooked in the shadow of the traditional larger sights. It was delightful to ride the vaporetti round and round and round. (The all-day transit pass is great!) The canal rides were made at night, and my active imagination conjured up the threads of a murder mystery set in the darkness of a small anonymous canale. Jane Langton wrote a pretty good one (Dante Game).

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  14. Victoria, when I wrote last, I forgot to tell you about our water taxi ride. My husband and I left at sunrise. The sun was coming out and we got some amazing moments and pictures of this beautul site. My wish is that we return to Venice before we get to old to enjoy it again.

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  15. @ Ginny..Any visit to Venice is worth it…will look up the novel!
    @Barbara…grazie for sharing that lovely experience…it’s on my “list”! And I’m not sure you ever get too old to enjoy Venice!?
    Buona giornata!

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