Venice! Is there a name in all the languages of humanity that makes us dream more than that one? It is pretty, besides, sonorous and sweet; all at once it calls to mind a dazzling procession of magnificent memories, a whole horizon of enchanting reveries.
Venice! That single word seems to send an exaltation exploding in the soul, it excites everything poetic within us, it provokes all our faculties of admiration. And when we arrive in this unique city, we inevitably study it with forewarned and ravished eyes, we look upon it with our dreams. –Guy de Maupassant, Venice