Not me! I love lists–making them, reading them, checking them off….
Katia from The Venice Insider blog has posted her end of the year best books on Venice list. I’m happy to share it here. It’s impressive–she must read a lot! I’ll be happily checking books off this list in the next months.
Oh, and look! The first book on the list is our very own First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Katia is a contributor. Hope you don’t mind a little shameless self-promotion, but we love to share this book with others! Besides, you can get a FREE e-book copy here or if you prefer to purchase the paperback, all proceeds support organizations that protect Venetian culture and art.
Here’s an excerpt from Katia’s chapter in First Spritz, where she describes what she does about the city:
“It’s hard to define what makes Venice so addictive. I have been so many times, in different seasons, with and without crowds, and I’m still surprised by the palazzi, the canals, the calle, and all the small details that together define what Venice is. Many people don’t understand why I return so often to the same city. Just the other day, even my sister wondered if I had seen something new on my last visit. The “problem” is actually the opposite. The more I go to Venice, the more I realize how much I haven’t seen yet. My list of things to visit always becomes longer instead of shorter.
The cultural heritage, in the widest sense of the word, in Venice is endless. For every trip, I have to define my priorities on what I really want to see. At the moment, the historic gardens are high on my list, as are the small islands such as Sant’Erasmo (an agricultural island which is considered to be the vegetable garden of Venice) or San Lazzaro degli Armeni (a former leper colony which now houses an Armenian monastery with a stunning library). My list also includes the exquisite palazzi such as Palazzo Grimani (a remarkable Renaissance building which was originally the residence of Doge Antonio Grimani) or Palazzetto Bru Zane (the former casino of the Zane family which hosts now the Centre de musique romantique française), and … I could go on forever. Some of these have been on my list for a while, but there always seems to be something better or more intriguing. Every conversation about Venice and every article I read triggers my inspiration for a series of new ideas that I want to discover. It’s a never-ending story.”