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10 songs that will make you think of Venice

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10 songs that will make you think of Venice

Sometimes we hear the first few lines of a song and our minds are suddenly transported back to a place, a memory or a dream. We put together a small playlist with some of the songs that make us think of Venice: some because they capture particular sides of the lagoon city, others because the music videos are set in our city and watching them makes us dream a little.

Here are the 10 songs we have chosen for you:

  1. 'Fame un spritz' by Sir Oliver Skardy and Fahrenheit 451 is a song about the spritz, the typical Venetian aperitif. In the background there’s not only Venice but also the island of Sant’Erasmo, a little known but very fascinating lagoon island.

  2. 'Like a Virgin' by Madonna. How can we fail to mention the song that at the time caused such a stir? The video was shot almost entirely in Venice, with a young Madonna dancing on the bow of a boat among the canals of the city. The scenes in which she wears the wedding dress were shot in Cà Zenobio degli Armeni, a majestic building overlooking the Grand Canal.

  3. 'Sarde in Saor' by Sir Oliver Skardy (feat. Cantori di Burano), to get an idea of what life is like for those whose fathers are fisherman, especially the smell that permeates the house when cooking

  4. 'Venezia - Istanbul' by Franco Battiato, in which the author makes an interesting parallel between Venice and Istanbul. This, however, is only the beginning of a much deeper message on the evolution of society.

  5. 'La biondina in gondoleta' by Umberto da Preda, the story of a gondolier who carries a beautiful blondie in a gondola who, lulled by the rhythm of the gondola, falls asleep!

  6. 'Vivimi' by Laura Pausini, with the music video shot in Venice. In addition to footage showing the canals, including the Grand Canal at night, most of the video was shot in the hall of Palazzo Zenobio, the same one in which Madonna recorded hers.

  7. 'Pin Floi' by Pitura Freska, tells from a Venetian point of view the concert that the famous Pink Floyd band held right in the center of St Mark’s Bay, on a floating stage, back in 1989.

  8. 'La bellezza' by Roberto Vecchioni, a song inspired by Thomas Mann's famous work ‘Death in Venice’.

  9. 'Acqua Alta' by Batistococo, in which the group describes the high tide phenomenon with the usual humor that distinguishes them.

  10. 'Amore Adesso!' by Zucchero is the Italian version of the song 'No Time for Love Like Now' by Michael Stipe and Aaron Dessner. The video was shot in St Mark’s Square during the Covid-19 quarantine and several exciting drone shots show Venice as you've never seen it before.


Venice, 30th June 2020

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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