The book, the trip, the realization of a long time dream!
Three years ago Vonda approached me with the idea to write a book about Venetian women, a book that would work in conjunction with a tour of sites related to their lives. I would write the book while she would lead the tours. In 2013, I flew from the west coast to New York to meet her and begin work. We immediately hit it off and worked well together, holed up in the upstairs bedroom of her house, immersed in books and websites as we started to list names of women we wanted to research. Morosina Morosini Grimani, Veronica Franco, Maria Boscola…the list grew slowly but surely as we got deeper into the research.
Then I continued on my own, drafting chapters and discovering Venetian women who fired my imagination and inspired me with their stories. Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Marina Querini Benzon, Archangela Tarabotti, Cencia Scarpariola….
Last summer, Vonda and I met up in Venice to discuss details about the tour. (Yes, we could have met in the U.S., but why here when we could be there?) The whole project is now complete, and in fact we’ll meet up in Venice again this July as Vonda leads a group trip to our favorite city. We got to walk in the footsteps of Barbara Strozzi, Cecilia Ferrazzi, Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi, Rosalba Carriera, and others.
Visit www.abeautifulwomaninvenice.com to see details about the tour, its itinerary, photos from trips, and a preview of the women featured in the guided tour. Here are details about the book, with a complete list of the women included: http://kathleenanngonzalez.wix.com/beautifulwoman