Escape the crowds of the Biennale to the Venetian Lagoon's oasis of serene style and native sustenance.
Misha Pinkhasov for Vogue Arabia, June 2018
In Invisible Cities, novelist Italo Calvino describes a meeting arranged by an Arab trader between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan. Like Scheherazade, the Venetian explorer charms the Mongol emperor with story after fantastic story of the cities he’s seen. When the Great Khan asks his guest why he never speaks of his native Venice, Polo answers: “Every time I describe a city, I am saying something about Venice.”
Cities have as many versions as there are people to tell them. One’s Paris is extravagant and romantic, another’s is pouty and poetic. Nowhere is this more apparent than Venice, whose empire knew it could conquer more with seduction than intimidation. The Renaissance predecessor to New York, Singapore, and Dubai –Venice is enchantment. . . .
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