No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Travel - 330 pages
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Love of Venice can strike anyone, not just romantic wusses. Among the toughies with serious cases were Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. Symptoms include:Wishing that the movie stars in films set in Venice would move aside so that you can get a better view of the scenery.Wondering why people ask if you had good weather when you were thereas if rain could dampen your love.Thinking that people who go to Tuscany or Provence must be nuts.Believing that the "Per San Marco" street sign with arrows pointing in opposite directions makes perfect sense.Consoling yourself when you leave by remembering the generations of Venetian merchants who, as they were borne away from Venice, vowed to be back as soon as they had more money.There is no cure for this affliction. This is a guide to managing it.
 

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"No vulgar Hotel" was a present from my husband during the Christmas prior to my first visit to Italy. By then I had already decided that I was not going to visit Venice. I wanted to avoid the ... Read full review

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Venice inspired Titian, Tintoretto, and Canaletto, not to mention Turner, Whistler, and Sargent. Ruskin wrote about it, Henry James set two novels there, Browning loved it, and Wagner's and Ezra Pound ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Youre a Tourist and Im Not
15
Getting Your Feet Wet
55
Great Moments in Venetian History
94
Venice with Your Imaginary Friend
130
Adopt Your Landlord
169
Venice Depicted
205
Going Overboard
244
Bridging the Sighs
277
Credits
315
Index
319
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Eric Denker is a Senior Lecturer in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Georgetown University.

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