A great many people have written about Venice’s artistic splendour, but someone whose impressions are worth savouring is that giant of 19th-century culture, John Ruskin. Through his writings and paintings, Ruskin encapsulates the real Venice, and through the stratification of the stones laid there during every period, we get a true sense of what the city is all about.

The Santa Croce Hotel has endeavoured to breathe new life into the desire to revisit and photograph the great Venetian civilisation – translated in such an extraordinary way in Ruskin’s words and images – through a pictorial reproduction inspired by his watercolours, which adorns a number of our guest rooms. It all adds up to a sort of “archaeological” fresco through which to experience that Romantic Venetian feeling.