In July I had the great fortune to be in Venice at the same time as a Beautiful Woman in Venice tour, led by my friend Vonda Wells. She is the person who gave me the idea to write my latest book, A Beautiful Woman in Venice, biographical sketches that capture the voices and lives of over thirty of Venice’s remarkable women who contributed to their community in a myriad of ways.
Though the book was Vonda’s brainchild, I researched and wrote it, but Vonda leads the tours to Venice for women to experience the city. I had dinner with her group at Ristorante ai Barbacani near Campo Santa Maria Formosa. You can see that fish is a specialty there.
The staff treated us to prosecco to open the meal, and limoncello with Venetian cookies to close it. Everything was delicious, and all set in a traditional Venetian restaurant, complete with ceramic pitchers, exposed beam ceilings, and pots hanging over the stove. The building is over 700 years old! We had a lovely meal as we got to know each other.
The day before, I had also met up with Vonda and one of her travelers to watch the fireworks for the Redentore festival. We celebrated on a party boat in the middle of the lagoon, with an open bar and thumping techno for the ride out and back. We’re toasting the end of the Black Plague!
If you want to be part of a Beautiful Woman in Venice tour, check out Vonda’s website at www.abeautifulwomaninvenice.com. You may even recognize some of these photos!