Last Updated on 29th June 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
A city built on canals and noted for its sheer beauty, Venice has been a popular site for visitors for several centuries thanks to its culture scene, culinary delights, and stunning vistas. Don’t believe me? Here are some of the best quotes about Venice to inspire your next Italy adventure!
Few places in the world capture the imagination quite like Venice. A must-see while travelling through Italy, Venice is the capital of Northern Italy’s Veneto region and is world-famous thanks to its impossible existence. Quite literally built on long wooden piles driven deep into the ground, the Italian city lies at the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers.
15+ Quotes about Venice: Sayings about the Italian City
“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” – Truman Capote
“It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.” – Erica Jon
“Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Venice is the most romantic place in the world but it’s even better when there is no one around.” – Woody Allen
“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” – Alexander Herzen
“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing. Painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” – Arbit Blatas
“Venice…A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.” – John Ruskin
“A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.” – Arthur Symons.
“In Venice, Tass’s echoes are no more, And silent rows the songless gondolier; Her palaces are crumbling to the shore, And music meets not always now the ear.” – Lord Byron
“Venice has always fascinated me. Every country in Europe then was run by kings and the Vatican except Venice, which was basically run by councils. I’ve always wondered why.” – Alan Furst
“Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee, And was the safeguard of the West: the worth Of Venice did not fall below her birth, Venice, the eldest child of Liberty.” – William Wordsworth
“Venice once was dear, The pleasant place of all festivity, The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy.” – Lord Byron
“If I were not King of France, I would choose to be a citizen of Venice.” – Henry III of France
“I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air is like no other place.” – Elizabeth Berkley
“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty this city, half fairytale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.” – Thomas Mann
“An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above.” – Henry James
“Paris is an ideal place to become informed, while Venice is a place to think and write.” – Pontus Hulten