The splendid architecture and geology of Venice has always intrigued me. It was top of my list (maybe after Santorini) as a personal study in environment design, not least because floating around is my favourite form of transport.
In particular, St Mark’s Basilica gave me part of the inspiration for the lavish interior in my Baroque Library. I always feel a contradictory sense of unease in the presence of extreme man-made beauty.
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