VENICE

City of Fortune

The three great centres of power- the doge's palace, the Rialto and the arsenal - respectively the seats of the government, trade and war...

Landfall brought all the vicissitudes of life. People returned with gold, spices, plague and grief. Failed admirals came clanking in chains, triumphant ones with trumpets and cannon fire...

I do not think there is any city to which Venice, the city founded on the sea, can be compared.

Pietro Casola, 1494

...the basilica of St Mark, which I believe is the most beautiful church there is.

Francesco Petrarca, 1364

...they seemed to be neighing and pawing the ground as if alive...

Francesco Petrarca, 1364

To float down the Grand Canal...

...past the great palazzos of the merchant princes, such as the Ca' d'Oro shimmering in the sun with its covering of gold leaf...

I have never seen a city so triumphant.

Philippe de Commynes, 1498

It was lust for power and insatiable greed...

Pope Pius II, 1462

Here in the harbour there were some sailing ships which had moored at the marble quayside...

Francesco Petrarca, 1363

All text is from City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire by Roger Crowley * * * Read more City of Fortune on Waterblogged: Dry Thoughts on Damp Books #venice #venezia #history #italytravel #placestogo #books #bookreview #stelleritalia #goexplore

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