80 Venice Quotes and Captions Celebrating the Floating City

Venice, a city of canals, bridges, and history, has a unique charm. Let’s explore it through Venice quotes and captions that capture its essence.

Join us on a journey to understand Venice through the eyes of those who have been captivated by its timeless allure.

17 Best Venice Quotes And Captions

1. “In memory Venice is always magic.”Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

2. “An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above.”Henry James

3. “Venice has always fascinated me. Every country in Europe then was run by kings and the Vatican except Venice, which was run by councils. I’ve always wondered why.”Alan Furst

4. “Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me.”Frances Mayes

5. “I think if there is a heaven on earth, it is Venice in spring.”Theodore Dreiser

6. “If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined. Venice is — Venice is better.”Fran Lebowitz

7. “Venice is neither a town nor a city. It is a shindig holding on water.”Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

8. “Venice is unlike any other city simply because you travel primarily by boat. Time warps, and I love the feeling of it slowing down.— Stacy Martin

9. “From my first sighting, I fall in immediate and passionate love with Venice.” — Mackenzi Lee

10. “Venice can wash through you all the memories you have never made.— Glenn Haybrittle

11. “Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” — Frida Giannini

12. “In the winter Venice is like an abandoned theatre. The play is finished, but the echoes remain.” — Arbit Blatas

13. “It seemed like a magical city, floating on the lagoon as if conjured by an enchanter’s wand.” — Kate Forsyth

14. “Venice is a complicated place, physically and spiritually, and it is extraordinarily difficult to establish Venetian facts. Nothing is ever quite certain.”Jan Morris

15. “Venice once was dear, The pleasant place of all festivity, The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy.”Lord Byron

16. “A wondrous city of fairest carving, reflected in gleaming waters swirled to new patterning by every passing gondola.”Sylvia Pankhurst

17. “It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in you.”Peggy Guggenheim

Famous Venice Quotes And Captions

18. “When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become- incredibly, but quite simply- my address.”Marcel Proust

19. “Venice, half fish, half woman, is a siren dissolving into a morass of the Adriatic.” — Jean Cocteau

20. “I frequently stand still a moment to survey, as it were, the heights I have already won. With much delight I look back to Venice, that grand creation that sprang out of the bosom of the seas, like Minerva out of the head of Jupiter.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. “When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice.”Friedrich Nietzsche

22. “Venice is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.”Erica Jong

23. “There is something so different in, Venice from any other place in, the world, that you leave at, once all accustomed habits and, everyday sights to enter an enchanted garden.”Mary Shelley

24. “Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” — Matteo Renzi

25. “I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.”Jessica Zafra

26. “Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities; I have already lost it, little by little.”Italo Calvino

27. “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” — Truman Capote

28. “This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”Thomas Mann

29. “The perennial wonder of Venice is to peer at herself in her canals and find that she exists – incredible as it seems. It is the same reassurance that a looking glass offers us: the guarantee that we are real.”Mary McCarthy

30. “Local fog in Venice has a name: nebbia. It obliterates all reflections … and everything that has a shape: buildings, people, colonnades, bridges, statues. Boat services are canceled, airplanes neither arrive nor take off for weeks, stores are closed and mail ceases to litter one’s threshold.” Joseph Brodsky

31. “Venice appeared to me as in a recurring dream, a place once visited and now fixed in memory like images on a photographer’s plates so that my return was akin to turning the leaves of a portfolio: a scene of the gondolas moored by the railway station; the Grand Canal in the twilight; the Rialto bridge; the Piazza San Marco; the shimmering, rippling wonderland; the bustling water traffic; the fish market; the Lido beach and boardwalk; Teeny in the launch; the singing, gesturing gondoliers; the bourgeois tourists drinking coffee at Florian’s; the importunate beggars; the drowned girl’s ghost haunting the Bridge of Sighs; the pigeons, mosquitoes, and fetor of decay.” — Gary Inbinder

Inspirational Quotes About Venice

32. “In the glare of the day, there is little poetry about Venice, but under the charitable moon, her stained palaces are white again.”Mark Twain

33. “My first impression of Venice was that it might be hard to make anything happen there. Everything seemed to have already happened. Venice seemed like a kind of exalted remembering.” — Glenn Haybittle

34. “Like Venice, Italy, this is a place of fleeting beauty.  The knowledge that we won’t be here long, gives everyone an intense appetite for living.” — Andrei Codrescu

35. “I became fascinated by marionettes, which I first saw in Venice. They were so haunted and so alive. You walked by them, and you could feel their presence, with their beady eyes just fixed on you.”Laura Amy Schlitz

36. “To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”Alexander Herzen

37. “If I could live in one city and do every single thing I do there, I would choose Venice. You can’t turn your head without seeing something amazing.”Nile Rodgers

38. “Paris is an ideal place to become informed, while Venice is a place to think and write.”Pontus Hulten

39. “Venice is a place that is high on reinvention. The kind of place that you can go and be whoever it is you want to be and do whatever it is you want to do, and nobody’s really going to ask you a lot of questions about it.”Will Arnett

40. “Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall.”Jerry Saltz

41. “My mother took me to Venice one time and showed me all the houses where famous composers used to live. It gave me a fascination for music and the city, but also architecture. It was a valuable lesson.”Ben van Berkel

42. “As sailors and merchants, town-builders and politicians, the Venetians were the forerunners and the youth of today’s civilization.” — Le Corbusier

43. “Venice is eternity itself.” — Joseph Brodsky

44. “Oh, London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air; And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair; And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome; But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.”Henry Van Dyke

45. “In Venice, if you didn’t know where you were going, you usually ended up in the Piazza, and since that was always true, maybe it was always where you were going.” — Scott Stavrou

46. “She leaned against the bridge’s warm marble balustrade, and looked as far down the darkening canal as the setting sun would allow. She wondered if others appreciated Venice’s beauty and fragility as deeply as she had come to or if, like a raging fever, the city infected some while avoiding others. She sighed at the grandeur and at the resilience that surrounded her, and she promised herself she’d try to be more like Venice.”Marie Ohanesian Nardin

47. “But at night, especially when the Moon is full, and the soft illumination reflects off the water and onto the palaces – I don’t know how to describe it so I won’t, but if you died and in your will, you asked for your ashes to be spread gently on the Grand Canal at midnight with a full moon, everyone would know this about you – you loved and understood beauty.”William Goldman

48. “He liked the fact that Venice had no cars. It made the city human. The streets were like veins, he thought and the people were the blood, circulating everywhere.” — Patricia Highsmith

49. “The quality of Venice that accomplishes what religion so often cannot is that Venice has made peace with the waters.”Mark Helprin

50. “Venice seemed incredibly lovely, elvishly lovely – to me like a dream of Old Gondor, or Pelargir of the Numenorean Ships, before the return of the Shadow.”J. R. R. Tolkien

51. “Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice.”Italo Calvino

Quotes And Captions About the Beauty of Venice

52. “And off in the far distance, the gold on the wings of the angel atop the bell tower of San Marco flashed in the sun, bathing the entire city in its glistening benediction.” — Donna Leon

53. “You’ve got to see Venice,” he began. “You’ve got to see a city of slender towers and white domes, sleeping in the water like a mass of water lilies. You’ve got to see dark waterways, mysterious threads of shadow, binding all these flowers of stone together.”E. Temple Thurston

54. “The beauty of Venice is not just in its architecture or art, but in the way it makes you feel.”Julie Andrews

55. “No one forgets the first glimpse of Venice. Whether arriving by plane, boat, train, or car, there is that startling moment when one looks across the waves and finds what should not be there – stone towers, rich churches, and packed buildings rising out of the sea. The extraordinary beauty of Venice only adds to its improbability. How does such a city exist?” — Thomas F. Madden

56. “Venice is incredible. Although you may have seen it in pictures, you can’t grasp how beautiful it is until you visit.” — Gino D’Acampo

57. “To go out in a gondola at night is to reconstruct in one’s imagination the true Venice, the Venice of the past alive with romance, elopements, abductions, revenged passions, intrigues, adulteries, denouncements, unaccountable deaths, gambling, lute-playing and singing.” — Peggy Guggenheim

58. “Venice bewitches. Like many before me, I have been seduced by its art, architecture, poetry and beauty.— Russell Norman

59. “In winter you wake up in this city, especially on Sundays, to the chiming of its innumerable bells, as though behind your gauze curtains a gigantic china tea set were vibrating on a silver tray in the pearl-gray sky.” — Joseph Brodsky

60. “And at night they sang in the gondolas, and in the barche with lanterns; the prows rose silver on silver, taking light in the darkness.” — Ezra Pound

61. “Venice is beautiful, but like a Bergman movie is beautiful; you can admire it, but you don’t really want to live in it.”Elizabeth Gilbert

62. “I’m often in Venice in November and December when it’s foggy and wintry, and the decorations in the shops and the lights in the churches make the place feel both Christmassy and melancholic.”Juergen Teller

63. “Venice, it’s temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven.”Percy Bysshe Shelley

64. “The trouble is, walking in Venice becomes compulsive once you start. Just over the next bridge, you say, and then the next one beckons.“Daphne du Maurier

65. “Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.” — Christopher Moore

66. “The building I most admire is the Doges Palace in Venice, both by day and by night. Looking at it from the lagoon, it resembles a floating kilim carpet. I love all the bridges which connect houses, people, gardens and palaces. I also love moats to isolate yourself. A ha-ha for secrecy, as in every English country garden.” — Anouska Hempel

67. “I had my dreams of Venice, but nothing that I had dreamed was as impossible as what I found.”Arthur Symons

68. “If anything can rival Venice in its beauty, it must be its reflection at sunset in the Grand Canal.”Peggy Guggenheim

69. “It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the feeling of a city like Venice, where Everything is just beautiful colour and gorgeous buildings that are so peaceful. You can roam around and get lost in the labyrinth.”Nanette Lepore

70. “Oh yes, it was my Venice! Beautiful, With melancholy, ghostly beauty—old, And sorrowful, and weary—yet so fair,So like a queen still, with her royal robes, Full of harmonious colour, rent and worn!”Ada Cambridge

71. “Venice is a city built on water. It is preposterous. If you couldn’t see it with your own eyes and touch it with your fingers, you would think it was some poetic fancy. It really shouldn’t be there at all. But it is. And it is beautiful beyond words.”Russell Norman

Romantic Quotes About Venice

72. “I always wanted to go to Venice. It’s supposed to be the romance capital of the world.”Gordon Korman

73. “History and legend and art and romance meet and mingle to create that indefinable sorcery of Venice. It is like nothing on Earth except a poet’s dream.”Lilian Whiting

74. “I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air are like no other place.”Elizabeth Berkley

75. “If you want to go for a romantic break, or a quick break in Italy, it has to be Venice.”Gino D’Acampo

76. “If I could re-name love, I’d call it Venezia.” — Conny Cernik

77. “Venice is the most romantic place in the world, but it’s even better when there is no one around.” — Woody Allen 

78. “A realist, in Venice, would become a romantic by mere faithfulness to what he saw before him.”Arthur Symons

79. “If a couple in a gondola kiss as they pass under each bridge, they will remain in love forever.”Venetian Saying

80. “Nothing ever seems straightforward in Venice, least of all its romances.”Roger Ebert

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