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In the rich, earthy, and humorous tradition of Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes, an acclaimed journalist and author transports readers to one of the world's most captivating and mythologized cities. Paula Weideger's adventures and misadventures in Venice lead this American abroad to a magical apartment in mysterious Palazzo Dona dalle Rose. Her discoveries about the colorful history of this magnificent house (which include a heated debate about the direction its principle rooms should face that led a Dona doge to "die of aggravation"), take Weideger deeper into the history of Venice itself. The Most Serene Republic's past and the tiny city's present are interwoven with her own as we follow Weideger to a thrilling gondola race, the Vogalonga, dine at a banquet under the gilded and painted ceilings of the Ducal Palace, and join an unforgettable Christmas celebration in Ca Dona, (as her home is also called). The author opens our eyes, ears, and taste buds in a glorious treat for all the senses. Wry and lovestruck, Weideger explores the city's ancient churches (and its Jewish cemeteries); the expatriate life; and explains what Merchant and Ivory were doing in her home. A book for anyone planning a trip, a return visit, or seeking a matchless armchair adventure, Venetian Dreaming provides a bounty of sensual and personal experience that lingers long after the final page is turned.

Synopsis:

Who hasn't longed to escape to the enchanting canals and mysterious alleyways of Venice? Globetrotting writer Paula Weideger not only dreamed the dream, she took the leap. In Venetian Dreaming, she charts the course of her love affair with one of the world's most treasured cities.

Weideger's search for a place to live eventually takes her to the Palazzo Donà dalle Rose, one of the rare Venetian palaces continuously inhabited by the family that built it. She weaves the past lives of the family Donà with her own adventures as she threads her way through the labyrinthine city. Art and architecture are a constant presence. Yet even more strongly felt is the passage of time, the panorama of the seasons as reflected in special events — Carnival, the Film Festival, September's historic regatta, midnight mass at San Marco. We follow Weideger as she explores the Ghetto, the expatriate community, and the lives of locals from noblemen to boatmen. Along the way she encounters everyone from the ghost of Peggy Guggenheim to the Merchant Ivory crowd, and experiences some high drama with the Contessa, her landlady. The resulting memoir is a wry and illuminating, intelligent and tender account of the once grand heritage and now imperiled future of Venice.

About the Author

Paula Weideger is a lifelong New Yorker, despite years lived abroad. A founder of the Writers Room in Manhattan, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Town and Country, and many other publications. She is the author of four previous books.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

Points on the Compass

1. A Dice Game

2. The Launching Pad

3. In a Fog

4. The Bronxness of Venice

5. Lost and Found

6. Arriva!

Drifting and Dreaming

7. Coming Up Roses

8. Getting Connected

9. Our Doge

10. The House of Good Neighbors

11. Social Dancing

12. Beginnings and Endings

A Very Venetian Story

13. Peggy Guggenheim and I

14. A Merchant Ivory Production

15. Revisions

16. Hares and Tortoises

17. Battle Stations

18. Love or Money

Venice Belongs to the World

19. Meeting Pinocchio

20. A Case of Mistaken Identity

21. Sliding Doors

22. Dead in Venice

23. Repeat Offenders

24. Higher Water

Fans in February

25. Happy Christmas

26. Carmen Miranda and Friends

27. Making Waves

28. Fireworks

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671047306
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Historical
Author:
Weideger, Paula
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Homes and haunts
Subject:
Venice (Italy) Description and travel.
Subject:
Venice (Italy) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 11.13 oz

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Travel » Europe » Italy
Travel » Travel Writing » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Italy

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"Synopsis" by , Who hasn't longed to escape to the enchanting canals and mysterious alleyways of Venice? Globetrotting writer Paula Weideger not only dreamed the dream, she took the leap. In Venetian Dreaming, she charts the course of her love affair with one of the world's most treasured cities.

Weideger's search for a place to live eventually takes her to the Palazzo Donà dalle Rose, one of the rare Venetian palaces continuously inhabited by the family that built it. She weaves the past lives of the family Donà with her own adventures as she threads her way through the labyrinthine city. Art and architecture are a constant presence. Yet even more strongly felt is the passage of time, the panorama of the seasons as reflected in special events — Carnival, the Film Festival, September's historic regatta, midnight mass at San Marco. We follow Weideger as she explores the Ghetto, the expatriate community, and the lives of locals from noblemen to boatmen. Along the way she encounters everyone from the ghost of Peggy Guggenheim to the Merchant Ivory crowd, and experiences some high drama with the Contessa, her landlady. The resulting memoir is a wry and illuminating, intelligent and tender account of the once grand heritage and now imperiled future of Venice.

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