Last year I got to meet a unique Venetian character: Fiora Gandolfi Herrera. Now in her seventies, Fiora has lived an international life, was married to a soccer star, but now lives in her Venetian palace. She is an artist in many ways–a sculptor, a clothing designer, a writer, and on and on. Her house is like a museum, filled with paintings, colorful crockery, lush fabrics from around the world, books on every surface. Here’s her kitchen table, where she served us a fruit macedonia:
Fiora has been written about by numerous people. Probably the best known to Americans would be John Berendt, who wrote City of Falling Angels about Venice. He was captivated by Fiora and wrote an essay about their friendship. I’m not sure where it’s published, but she showed it to me (on her computer) when I visited her last summer.
Fiora is also a prolific author…
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