Thursday, 13 December 2012

Italy, Venice - Then & Now - Part 2

This is Part 2 in our Venice "Then & Now"series of photos. To see Part 1, which explains more about this project either scroll down or visit -


This image is titled "Rio delle Meraviglie" which is in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice. We're not sure where this comes from as every indication shows that this is actually "Rio di San Trovaso". As mentioned in our previous post, we researched the locations of all the images in the "Ricordo di Venezia" book and we found this particular location as one of the most difficult to locate even though the description below describes a "Palace" as being on the right! The Meraviglie on the image & the Meravegie on the back of the image really baffled us. In the end it ended up being not far from the Accademia Bridge. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Italy, Venice - Then & Now - Part 1

Earlier this year we were fossicking through a small bookshop in the suburb that we live in. The owner specialises in old books and we spent quite a few hours there. We were about to leave with a handful of old travel guides when the owner suggested that we have a look at another box that he had out the back. In this box we found several small old books called "Ricordo di Venezia" & Ricordo di  Napoli". Well, we really wouldn't call them books, they're more like ornate versions of a concertina postcard book (without being postcards!!). Strangely there is no details whatsoever mentioning a date or publisher of these books, however with some research we believe the Venice book is circa 1930 (mind you, we are not sure how old some of the actual photos are). Each image has text in 4 languages (Italian, French, English & German), so they were obviously produced as a souvenir item for travellers. Funny enough, all of the locals we met in both Venice & Naples had never seen them and were fascinated by these books which led to quite a few doors being opened for us in our quest.