The poet Arthur Symons famously said, “A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.”
We couldn’t agree more. There is something about traveling along the water, experiencing the layers of art history written into its buildings and music, the quality of light that settles on the place and reflects gently in water, glass, and marble. And of course the fragrances: old-world, Adriatic, trade-inspired, sea-swept.
Perhaps it’s all the reflection of light that inspires inwardness and intimacy. As if you’re traveling through an impressionist’s painting.
Linguists even believe the roots of the city’s name could mean love, beloved, or sea-blue.
For several centuries, Venice was one of the most important cultural centers in the world—trading in silk and fabrics, grains and spices, and art.
One of its most popular destinations is St. Mark’s Basilica, an 11th-century cathedral of the Italo-Byzantine style. The interior space has inspired countless responses, including the creation of a whole new style of choral music and one of the most well-known scientific papers on biology.
Venice, this special city of water and light, has been an inspiration through the ages. It was no exception for our visit. Among the gorgeous scents of the city we found true Italian leather, fresh tobacco, Prosecco, and geranium—and through a careful process used these elements to make our very own Canals of Venice candle, so we can visit the spirit of this place again and again.