Reading As We Know It Was Invented in Venice

Feb 14, 2023 185

BY: Eleanor Sly

Visit Venice and you’ll be hard pushed not to notice the multitude of crafts the city has to offer, not to mention the attractive architecture and fine paintings and churches (and gold!). There are the graceful gondolas, traditionally built and repaired in Zattere.

There are gilded masks, marbled paper, leather goods and rainbow-coloured blown glass from nearby Murano, all festooning the windows of the tiny boutiques that line the Venetian calle. Thanks to its aquatic connection to the rest of the world, Venice has always been a hub for craftsmanship, and a historically important craft, though lesser-known today, is printmaking. 

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