Song of the Earth
Venice is a city in Italy. Depending on who is writing history, it is sometimes credited with launching the Renaissance, and as such is more closely associated with the Technocracy than the Traditions, but several Traditions have a long history with the city, including the Order of Hermes.
Alex was summoned to the Order of Hermes chantry here, where he met Matt Coronas. Despite the fact that Matt operates near-exclusively in the Pacific Rim, the Chakravanti had enough power to take Alex on loan indefinitely, and send him to Davenport to help Sonia. He also sent another Hermetic, Gwen Reyes, to Chicago, although Alex was not privy to her orders.