Monthly Archives: November 2015

Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Murano and San Michele

Stories of two islands–and two lovers! At a Murano convent, Casanova in costume dances, entertains, gambles, and then gets one of the greatest shocks when he goes to meet his lover M.M. You’ll have to watch this edition of Quattro … Continue reading

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Puzzling #4

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“Monstrosity” in the Ghetto

May 26, 1575: In the Ghetto of Venice was born “two twins joined together where the umbilicus should be, and they lie with their heads at each other’s feet. They have all the proper parts: four legs, four arms, etc., … Continue reading

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Gondola Mambo

I thought sharks in Venice were a certain abomination. Talk about crazy B movies! And then I saw penguins in Venice! The Penguins of Madagascar are certainly world travelers. From the Antarctic, they make a ┬ábrief sojourn in a Madagascar … Continue reading

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A (Venetian) Affair to Remember

Since this is a blog about Venice, I won’t be talking about the 1957 film An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. No, I wanted to mention the recent production in Venice of A Venetian Affair, the … Continue reading

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Puzzling #3

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Strazzaria

I’ve been reading a lot lately about Venice’s ghetto, and I thought I’d share some interesting details. One item I came across is the strazzaria. This refers to second-hand clothing, and also the shop where it was sold. The Venetian … Continue reading

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