By Arlene S. Chua
It’s been four years ago since I was assigned in Venice, the time when Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s The Tourist was released in 2010.
The place was amazing, and still is.
I watch the “floating city” in awe. Everything here floats: buildings, churches, taxi boats, and the popular gondola.
Summer time in Venice, in the months of June to September, is humid and hotter than the Philippines.
The name Venice is derived from the ancient Veneti people who lived in the Veneto region by the 10th century BC. Known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, and “City of Canals”, the city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice.
Venice is a wealthy city, economically and artistically. It was a major maritime power in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period and was also the center of commerce for silk, grain, and spice. Symphonic and operatic music flourished in Venice. Antonio Vivaldi, the great Baroque composer and virtuoso violinist, was born here in 1678.
The New York Times calls Venice the most beautiful city built by man. I couldn’t agree more.