Shortly after leaving the bus and rail termini, your journey down the Grand Canal quickly brings you to the stunning palazzo known as Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, the Ca’ being a contraction of Casa, an old family residence.  This particular structure has also entertained a number of famous visitors through its five hundred year history (it is now the Venice Casino) including Richard Wagner, who was inconsiderate enough to die there.

Though the building itself is stunning, and will probably feature in its entirety later in this series, it was the detail of this plaque that caught my eye; a memorial to Wagner, it bears an inscription written by another artist with controversial political views, Gabriele D’Annunzio, which translates as :

In this palace the souls hear the last breath of Richard Wagner perpetuating itself like the tide which washes the marble beneath

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