Sharing: How to Support Venetian Businesses

Rita shared this with me. In these times as we, who are far away, want to help keep Venetian businesses alive, here is a real way to help. Buy a book or just make a donation to Damocle Bookstore, near Campo San Polo.

Damocle published Rita’s books of poetry about Venice, also featuring her husband’s paintings. It’s small, independent bookstores that support writers and artists, so necessary to keep the arts alive!

Dear Friends / Cari Amici

Support our Bookshop

Cari amici lettori, speriamo che stiate tutti bene.

Sappiamo che sono tempi difficili per tutti, noi cerchiamo di continuare a lavorare da casa alla pubblicazione di nuovi libri.

Se volete continuare a sostenere il Bookshop Damocle Edizioni potete farlo ordinando i nostri libri dal sito: oppure se non avete ancora le idee chiare su quali libri ordinare potete acquistare una tra le nostre carte regalo (gift card) spendibile senza limite di tempo.

Se invece preferite inviarci una donazione potete farlo da qui:

Grazie a tutti, speriamo di vederci presto a Venezia.


Dear friends, we hope you’re all well.

We know that these are difficult times for everyone, we try to continue working from home to the publication of new books.

If you want to continue to support the Bookshop Damocle Edizioni you can do so by ordering our books from the site: or if you do not yet have clear ideas on which books to order you can buy one of our gift cards.

If you prefer to send us a donation you can do it from here:

Thank you all, we hope to see you in Venice soon.



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Just a Lovely Image Today

I took these pictures a couple years ago. What light! What a sky!



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The colors of Venice….

Hopefully my cats don’t make off with any of the pieces.

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Live Chat on Instagram!

Monica Cesarato and I are defying the shelter in place rule to meet for a live chat–on Instagram! So I guess we’re not really defying any rule, but we just want to hang out and chat across the time zones.

Join us Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 am Pacific Time / 18:00 Italian time. Just got to Instagram and look up Monica Cesarato, then click on her image at the right time to join us. I’ll be wearing my special hat.


Monica is a talented cook, a blogger, and a food tour guide in Venice. I’ve joined her for a cicchetti tour, and, besides introducing me to excellent foods and wines, she also taught me a number of new things about Venice. I’ll hope we’ll see you on Insta!

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Puzzle (1)

Starting a new puzzle. Stuck inside the house these days, so this one might go pretty fast!


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ABWIV: Maria Boscola


My last post discussed the water that appears to be cleaner in Venice’s canals and lagoons, particularly affected by the lack of boats that usually stir up the sediment. This got me thinking about Venetian boats, which led me to one of my favorite boat racers, Maria Boscola.

Known as La Brava for her stupendous feat of taking first place in four of five regattas spanning 44 years, while raising six kids and running a vegetable business, she is still remembered fondly by Venetians today, especially gondoliers and other racers. She is even honored with a portrait that hangs in the Correr Museum (or at least it’s in their collection, though the last time I visited the museum it had been taken down!).

Here’s a video where I share more of her story.


Bella’s painting of the regatta. Is that Maria in the frontrunner’s boat?

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Does Covid19 Lead to Clean Canals?

Venice’s canals are notoriously dirty, but with Italy locked down and the tourists staying away, residents are noticing that the canals look cleaner. There actually seeing fish! But what is the real reason for this new clarity? Check out this article for the full story.


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