Venezia is a discontinued perfume that's hard-to-find now, but devotees know how timelessly seductive and romantic this scent is. I would say it's somewhere between the spicy, ambery-woody Frederic Malle Iris Poudre and the ambery-fruity Princess Marcella Borghese Il Bacio. The notes in Venezia feature elements of the Far East such as wong-shi blossom and osmanthus, bringing to my mind the historical connection between Italy and China through culinary arts as well.
The sandalwood is rich in this blend and also reminds me of Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie but with headier rose-white floral heart notes and a soft and smooth touch of red fruit (mango, osmanthus flower which smells like apricot). The overall effect is vibrant, dramatic, passionate and warm, a complex orchestration of voluptuous notes that create a classic Floral Oriental harmony: a creamy and woody, sweet and rich aura to go with that red velvet dress.
Notes by Jan Moran:
Laura Biagiotti Venezia (1992 Floral Oriental)
Top Notes: Wong-shi blossom, Indian mango, black currant bud, rose, geranium, prune, osmanthus
Heart Notes: Jasmine, iris, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, ambergris
Base Notes: Vanilla, civet, sandalwood, musk, tonka bean
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