Many dream of visiting Italian Venice, a highly attractive “water” destination spread over more than a hundred smaller islands, all situated in the Venetian Lagoon. All of them are accessible by waterway. UNESCO has recognized parts of Venice, as well as the lagoon itself, as a world heritage.
Venice used to be an important trade center between Western Europe and the rest of the world. This global connection and its influence are manifested in the art, architecture, and fashion of the city.
Love of a City Mirrored by Its Architecture
Here in Venice, the gorgeous buildings take on a nostalgic air which draws the visitor in and lets him travel back to Gothic and Renaissance times. The city invites the visitor to immerse himself (or herself) in its uniquely romantic Venetian spirit. Venice is a declaration of love to itself.
The awe-inspiring masterpiece, the Palazzo Ducale, reflects a great sense of architectural style. What was formerly known as “Doge’s Palace” and seat of the Venetian government now graces the face of Venice as the landmark. It is the epitome of Gothic architecture and reminds us of prosperous times.
To this day, it has maintained its sparkle. The palazzo shows beautiful symmetric patterns, classic white stone and large arcs, highlighted by pink marble combinations. Those are like music to the viewer’s eye. Everything about the Pallazo Ducale is well-thought through and hints at the designers and architectures’ great skill dating back to the 14th century.
Valued Venetian Traditions, Tasteful Historic Style
Venice is a highly romantic city. Many visitors, especially couples, make this enchanting place with its old canals and picturesque gondolas their destination in hopes it will leave them mesmerized. And it will. Venice does not disappoint those looking for romance around on every corner.
When thinking of Venice and its romantic atmosphere, many also think of playful masks. In fact, mask-making is a traditional craft, a form of art here in this city. Each year, mask designers and creatives take part in the “most beautiful mask” contest during the Carnival of Venice.
The historic Carnevale di Venezia is an enchanting time of colorful, chic, celebration that transports the visitor back into time. Tasteful masks and sumptuous costume creations take over Venice, ending in the celebration of Lent. Here, the sense for both art and fashion merge with deep-rooted cultural traditions first documented roughly in the 11th century.
Venice once was dear, the pleasant place of all festivity, the revel of the earth, the masque of Italy. – Lord Byron
The tasteful masks worn by participants of the carnival are a display of Venice’s playful, romantic, culturally rich and very classic – yes, especially stylish – roots. It also wonderfully highlights the creative and artsy thinking that still prevails in the city to this day.
Art and Fashion Intertwined
Here on Venetian soil – or waters, for that matter – timeless art and traditional architecture go hand in hand. Fashion is a piece of the art scene here in Venice. Visitors stroll through the little alleyways. They pass along large old-fashioned windows that display classic, elegant styles for the ladies and gentlemen. Designers craft their pieces carefully. They make it their mission to show off flattering styles with high-quality fabrics, both locally and internationally sourced.
Gondoliers slowly navigate their gondolas through the canals, giving the visitor a true sense of, and warm feeling fo,r long past times. The wanderer gets a taste of how fashion creations are wonderfully intertwined with the look of the traditional facades. From the perspective of a gondola-riding passenger, the smooth transition between the lovingly displayed dresses, their accessories, and the charming walls marked by time highlights the Venetians’ eye for style. Venice is a love story, through and through, mirrored by various styles in numerous ways.