“Venice’s undeniable beauty is contagious, and a woman feels more beautiful just by being there,” is the opening line describing the new tour, “A Beautiful Woman in Venice.”
I’m happy to announce the official launch of a tour to Venice, designed by my friend Vonda. Focused on Venetian women who have had a positive impact on their community or who have achieved remarkable accomplishments, the tour takes participants to sites related to these women. Travelers will also visit sections of the city connected with women’s issues, from such contrasts as fashion, salon life in the palaces, education, religion, and prostitution. Vonda will lead walking tours and provide background information on these women’s lives and the historical context surrounding their accomplishments.
Of course, it’s not all just talk about history. There’s also prosecco and good food! The tour includes lodging, most meals, and museum entrance fees, plus a day trip to Verona thrown in for variety.
Here’s the link to Vonda’s website and details about her tours. The first trip will be this October, with a special price break to inaugurate the program!
Vonda conceived this idea some years ago and generously shared it with me. In case you haven’t figured out from some of my blog entries on Venetian women, their fashions, and such, I’ve been deep into research and writing for the last year. I’m creating the companion book for the tour, with chapters focusing on these women’s accomplishments. Twenty-three chapters are drafted, and I plan to finish this summer, using my upcoming trip to Venice to gather the final details about where these women were born, lived, buried, or did their work. I’ve been very quiet about the work until now, but at this point the lion’s share is done, and I’m ready to talk to the world about it!
Please visit Vonda’s site to learn more, or send me your questions about the upcoming book or these Venetian women who have become my heroines. They are warm, charitable, brave, creative, erudite, and groundbreaking. Their stories are heartbreaking, infuriating, and inspiring. Giovanna, Maria, Veronica, Isabella, Angela, Giustina, Elisabetta, Elena, Cecilia, Lucrezia, Morosina, Cassandra, Gaspara, Barbara, Moderata, Anna Maria, Archangela, Giustiniana, Rosalba, Cencia, Hermonia, and their sisters will steal your heart. They’ve already captured mine.