Venice The Ruyi
Alberto Toso Fei

As the 13th century drew to a close, Marco Polo returned from China with the Ruyi, a legendary scepter he stole from Emperor Kublai Khan. After Marco Polo’s death, the magical sword lay hidden with the traveler in his tomb in Venice. Today, both the tomb and the scepter have vanished. Carlo Dolfin, an old Venetian professor, has found some papers in his personal archive that could be of vital importance to locate the Ruyi. But he needs your help to find it, before it falls into the wrong hands.


  • year 2009
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  • pp. 130
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  • eur 22.00

Sixty stories about sixty different places in Venice. From the myth of the sad fairy to the legend of the column that disappeared, from the lone cannon that stopped an entire armada to the mermaid who married a fisherman. Searching for a magical scepter, you can discover the city that lies on the water. Venice The Ruyi is an itinerary lined with enigmas to uncover the mysteries and learn about the most enchanting places of Venice. You can be the hero of the story.

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Alberto Toso Fei

descends from an ancient family of glassmakers from the island of Murano. A journalist and an avid traveler, he has written four books that form an anthology of sorts on the mysteries of Venice and the lagoon. The most recent of the four, published by Studio LT2, is entitled “The Secrets of the Grand Canal”. The other three, which have also been translated into several languages including English, are: “Venetian Legends and Ghost Stories”, “Venicenigma and Mysteries of the Lagoon” and “Witch Tales”, published by Elzeviro. With Shaul Bassi, Alberto wrote “Shakespeare in Venice”, a guide-book containing forty tales about the Serenissima, described through the eyes of Otello and Shylock.
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  • ...the Ruyi always evades discovery. But the real treasure is in experiencing a fun new twist on sightseeing in the Eternal City.

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