Monthly Archives: July 2015

San Giacomo Brings Venetians Together

While the July tourists are parading in Piazza San Marco, peering into shop windows, or tucking in to a lovely piece of branzino or a slim pizza, Venetians are gathering to support their parish. Every summer the folks in the … Continue reading

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Rights to the Muffola

What is a muffola, you might ask? And why does one need rights to it? On July 26, 1497, Marietta Barovier, master glassmaker,  applied to Doge Agostino Barbarigo for permission to build a special small furnace or muffola exclusively for her own … Continue reading

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Launched in Lido!

Last week, while I was in Venice, I was part of a presentation on my new book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice, which is now in Venetian bookstores. The event was held at the Grand Hotel Ausonia and Hungaria on … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Corte del Duca Sforza

Here is the continuing saga of Casanova’s relationship with Teresa Imer. In the  previous episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova, you got to see the Palazzo Malipiero, where Casanova played doctor with Teresa Imer, who was about seventeen at the … Continue reading

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Regatta Report!

He did it again! Yesterday, Paolo D’Este, nicknamed Super D’Este, won his twenty-second first-place flag for the two-rower gondola regatta. This race always takes place on the Sunday of Redentore, the festival commemorating the end of the Black Plague in … Continue reading

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The Old Lady and the Rebellion

(I meant to post this on June 15, but I was traveling and didn’t get to it. Here it is, a month late.) What does this woman with a pot have to do with ending a rebellion? She is Giustina … Continue reading

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Fresh Paint

I saw this warning sign  hanging on a shop: “pittura fresca” = fresh paint! Why should this sign interest me (except for the fact that I don’t want to rub up against it in my white pants?) Pitura Freska (spelled … Continue reading

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