Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world. I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha. Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.
Today’s Venice Video Episode: I take you on a tour of the Hotel Saturnia
I was living in an enchanted land when I was invited to Venice by La Biennale Arts Festival, especially in my hotel. Wandering through the halls of the Hotel Saturnia was like stepping back in time with all the beautiful artifacts, paintings and furniture.
But it isn’t a stuffy place where you’re afraid to laugh or sink down into the comfortable couches in the drawing rooms and take your shoes off. Everyone is friendly and the staff goes out of their way to make sure your stay is a memorable one.
The hotel is a cool, quiet refuge from all the hustle and bustle going on outside in the streets where I could sit in the elegant, comfortable lobby and gather my thoughts before venturing outside and exploring Venice. They even have a public room with Internet access if you can’t resist checking your email.
The Hotel Saturnia is conveniently located a short walk away from the Piazza di San Marco as well as shopping and restaurants. I highly recommend it as the place to stay when you’re in Venice.
Coming up in my next Venice Video: Piazza di San Marco and Gondolas
February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”