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By: Frederic Vitoux

For centuries, writers, painters, and musicians have succumbed to the magical charms of Venice. From the lagoon—the city's life source crisscrossed by fishermen, sailors, and gondoliers—to the streets and squares that form the backdrop to the Venetians' theatrical way of life, the authors invite us to discover extravagant interiors in a tour of the palazzi, modern apartments, and private homes and gardens. Visit the colorful workshops where goldsmiths, boatbuilders, weavers, lace-makers, and other artisans craft traditional Venetian specialties. This revised edition is illustrated with 430 photographs and completed by a guidebook listing more than two hundred hotels, restaurants, and shops recommended by true Venetians.