A Private Invitation


Step inside the most breathtaking residences in this dazzling declaration of love to the beauty and craftsmanship of Venice.


ISBN: 9782080262165 Category:

Giol Servane


Venice of a thousand reflections; Venice of silk, marble, mirror, and light. In an intimate and informed invitation to the city, Servane Giol guides us through a maze of canals, secluded campos, and narrow alleyways to meet some of Venice’s most creative residents, opening the door to private historic palazzi, as well as more recently restored houses and apartments owned by a new generation of artists and designers drawn to Venice’s radiant beauty, energy, and lifestyle. Whether it is in interior design, glassmaking, shoemaking, or the restoration of historic monuments, her circle of talented friends has brought a renewed vibrancy to the city, giving visibility to some of Venice’s most elegant traditional crafts and passionately safeguarding them for future generations.

Organized around the rich materials and textures of the city’s densely woven fabric of history and celebrating the artisan’s skill at every turn, this visually stunning love letter to the secret beauties of Venice, captured by photographer Mattia Aquila, is both a revelation and unique reminder to all those who wish to recall the golden iridescent silence of their first sight of the mythical city that floats between sky and sea.

Additional information

Weight 2382 g
Dimensions 24.7 x 32 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 23 December 2022
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Mattia Aquila
Dimensions 24.7 x 32 cm
Weight 2382 g


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Servane Giol lives with her family in the fourteenth-century Palazzo Falier. A resident of Venice for more than twenty years, she is the author of the guidebook The Soul of Venice (2020).

Mattia Aquila is a photographer specialized in interior design and architecture. His work appears regularly in magazines including AD Italia and Archiplan.