A book that goes to the heart through the eyes.

An amazing book that captures the mysterious allure of the ancient floating city with the evocative photography of Charles Christopher and the beguiling words of a diverse group of contemporary Venetophiles. With a captivating foreword by bestselling author Frances Mayes, Dream of Venice will inspire you to listen to the silence of the canals and lose yourself in the ethereal mist of Piazza San Marco.

The luminous photographs compliment the intimate thoughts,memories, poems and stories of notable contributors from the worlds of art, literature, design, cuisine, music, and filmmaking. You’ll find anecdotes from actors and directors who have worked on location in Venice, including Woody Allen (Everybody Says I Love You), Linus Roache (The Wings of the Dove), and Julie Christie (Don’t Look Now).

A portion of the proceeds from each book will be donated to Save Venice Inc. to support vital art and architecture restorations in Venice. Save Venice Inc. is an American non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice. Since its founding in response to the floods of 1966 that devastated Venice, Save Venice has funded the restoration and conservation of more than 450 works of art including paintings, sculptures, frescoes, architectural works large and small, votive objects and even church organs, maps, books, and boats. These works can be found throughout the city, in its churches, scuole, palazzi, campi, synagogues, theaters, museums, libraries and archives. Based in New York with an office in Venice, and chapters in Boston and Los Angeles, every year the Board of Save Venice including a Projects Committee of renowned experts selects restoration projects in collaboration with the Venetian Superintendencies of Monuments, Fine Arts and Museums. Save Venice depends on the generosity of those who believe that it is our shared responsibility to preserve the cultural heritage of one of the world’s greatest treasures—La Serenissima. To learn how you can join in Save Venice’s mission, visit savevenice.org.

Written by: JoAnn Locktov and Charles Christopher

Published by: Bella Figura Publications

Date Published: 12/05/2014


Charles Christopher works in Hollywood as a motion picture and TV still photographer

JoAnn Locktov is the founder of Bella Figura Communications, a public relations agency that specializes in design and architecture. She is the author of two books on contemporary mosaics and currently writes about Venetian artisans and exhibitions. Bella Figura Publications is her new imprint dedicated to publishing books on Venice. bellafiguracommunications.com


“The minute I set eyes on Venice I fell in love with it. I got married in Venice, I sang in a movie in Venice, and I’ve had the pleasure of getting lost a hundred times walking in the streets”

Woody Allen

The book is available for sale at Libreria Studium, the book store adjacent to San Marco and internationally on Amazon.com.

In Venice the book is also available at http://www.allamarone.com/, and soon in other book stores.

The book is now also on Amazon UK.


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