|accompanied by Hugh, Lance Hattatt contemplates a quiet, hidden corner of Venice|
We never travel to Venice without Hugh. Intelligent, observant of the finest details, insightful, if not a little precious, comprehensive and compact, Hugh has been a faithful travelling companion for more than forty years. And what Hugh may lack in contemporary advice on the latest Venetian fads and fashions, he surely compensates for most royally in his knowledge of Renaissance art, Venetian Gothic architecture, and the many hidden nooks and crannies of Venice that continue to delight and surprise the discerning traveller.
|some of the many colour washed houses of the Campo Maddalena, a quiet Venetian square|
|the Pensione Calcina , overlooking the Giudecca Canal, where, in 1877, John Ruskin stayed|
|here at the Squero di San Trovaso gondolas have been built and repaired for centuries|
Without Hugh we should never have discovered the Campo Maddalena with its huddle of brightly colour washed houses, the Pensione Calcina where Ruskin lodged in 1877 or the Squero di San Trovaso, one of the few remaining yards in Venice where gondolas are built and repaired by traditional methods which have hardly changed through the centuries.
|the window of Segni Nel Tempo in the Dorsoduro district of Venice - a hidden gem|
|surrounded by his interesting and eclectic stock, Federico Bucci patiently answers our enquiry|
|a strategically placed chair is an invitation to book and print lovers to while away the hours|
Enticed by Hugh into a narrow calle in Dorsoduro, we happily encountered Federico Bucci buried deeply amongst his antiquarian books and etchings. Allowed to peruse the tightly packed shelves at our leisure, we happened upon all manner of literary and artistic delights. An hour or so later, and purchases had been made. Sadly, a 'Country Life' edition of 'Gardens of Italy' had to be left behind, not able to be accommodated within the suitcase. But a hand coloured etching of the Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Santa Sofia, 'Saunterings in Florence' by Elvira Grifi, and a most unexpected but very much appreciated gift of a limited edition print of Venetian bridges were then ours.
|newly returned from our framer, etching of the Ca' d'Oro purchased in Segni Nel Tempo|
|"a new artistic and practical hand book for English and American tourists" (!!) 1930-31|
Opened earlier in the year, Federico Bucci's shop, Segni Nel Tempo, was far too new an addition to the Venice scene for Hugh to have made mention of him. Charming, knowledgeable and deliciously Italian, we wished him well in his new enterprise and extended an open invitation to visit us in Budapest. Meanwhile, Elvira will be our companion to Florence, our next planned Italian destination, something we trust that Hugh will not mind too much.
|published in the 1960s, Hugh Honour's admirable book is our constant companion in Venice|