The Faces and Doors of Venice

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Venice may very well be my favorite city in Italy. I am certain countless other undiscovered gems are waiting to vie for top-tier status, but for now Venice remains firmly entrenched in first place. Even though I have visited Venice at least a dozen times, I still marvel at how much of the city remains shrouded in mystery. I am convinced this city never will completely reveal herself to me, which probably makes me love her even more. Secrets lurk in the labyrinth of alleyways throughout the city.

When I visit Venice I do my best to avoid the main tourist thoroughfares, especially areas like Piazza San Marco and the Rialto –even though those areas have much to offer. Instead, I steer directly into the less frequented, residential areas of Venice, Often, the most foreboding alleyways are the ones that draw me in the most. It’s probably a good thing that I haven’t watched the classic movie Don’t Look Now for several years, otherwise I wouldn’t be so bold.

What I have discovered in my wanderings through the more shadowy areas of Venice is a wealth of faces and motifs adorning the doors of Venice. On my most recent trip I endeavored to begin capturing these beautifully rendered door knockers, door pulls, and bells. I would love to build a catalog of these and research the symbolism, history and philosophy behind their creation. Even more, I would love to see the dwellings and people behind these doors, to see how they might correlate – or not.

Take this as Chapter One in a story that is just beginning to unfold for me…



By |2015-11-09T18:55:31+01:00July 17th, 2015|A Romance with Venice, Art & Photography|7 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Jeff June 20, 2018 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Hi Jed,
    A little late on this comment but I agree, Venice is my favorite city too. Such a unique and wonderful place. I never tire of visiting, Hoping to get back soon.

    • Jed June 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeff, Glad to know you’re also a fan of Venice. Soon I’ll be compiling a reading list of historical fiction that helps people round out their view of Venice. Have you seen the DVD set “Francesco’s Venice”? It really opened up my eyes to a lot of the city’s history of which I wasn’t aware. Jed

  2. Elizabeth Wholey July 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Aren’t they beautiful? Thanks for your artist’s eye Jed!

    • Jed July 26, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

      We artists appreciate so many of the same things! Venice is a city of endless stories.

  3. Kathleen LaRusso July 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    OH, I forgot to mention that our knockers have two mermaids each…quite attractive young ladies! Since I swim in the bay in SF I can relate to these gals! K

  4. Kathleen LaRusso July 17, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Jed,

    Funny you should bring up the “door knockers”! This year we added very large door knockers to the front doors of the “Mansion” in Petaluma where you used to live. While visiting Venice last year we saw them in a small shop and fell in love with them as we had never seen anything in the states large enough for our big doors. They look lovely.

    We are visiting Venice again this year and would love to hear what else you have to say about her. Looking forward to seeing you in Rome in October. xoxo Jeff and Kathy

  5. Jill July 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I’d forgotten quite how much I love Venice too until last visit. Wonderful. I’ll be visiting again soon….. And taking Jim with me. Padova, Mantova, Bologna, Vicenza – lots of exploring to do…..

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