Monthly Archives: July 2017

Two Kinds of Venetians

“There are two kinds of Venetians,” she said, “those who are born in Venice, and those who become Venetian in their hearts.” Marisa Convento is sort of both kinds. She was born in Mestre but married a Venetian and moved … Continue reading

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An Exchange of Gifts

Meet my translator! I’m happy to announce that my walking guide, Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps, will soon be published in Italian! Here’s how this came about: My friend Adriano, who shares my interest in Casanova and has helped me … Continue reading

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Incendio!

Smoke poured out of a window on the first floor and from another on the second. One fireboat had already arrived, and firemen looking like giganti in their coats and helmets shouted instructions to each other. Another fireman taped off … Continue reading

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It Ain’t No Myth!

As I was crossing the bridge at Campo Manin last week, I was startled by a man walking towards me. “Wait, I know you,” he said with an American accent. I flipped through my mental files. No matches. I had never … Continue reading

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San Giacomo Gets Down!

San Giacomo’s feast day is July 25, and the folks who live in Venice’s parish of San Giacomo dell’Orio know how to celebrate it! They hold their sagra around that time every year. On July 18 I met up with friends, … Continue reading

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Venice in Video

I gotta say, I have the coolest readers! I opened up messenger today and found that one of my readers, Shawn, has created a map of Venice with pins to all my videos! He just got the idea and did … Continue reading

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Redentore Redux

Though I posted about the Redentore fireworks last week, I’m bringing it back this week, now that I’m home and have access to the internet and all my photos. Here’s the story in pictures: Alessia, wearing purple, was our hostess, … Continue reading

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Tombola time!

A peek inside the Church of the Redentore, with Jesus high above the altar. The church was built in thanks for the end of the bubonic plague in 1576–and they’re still celebrating today. Well, wouldn’t you? The parish and neighborhood … Continue reading

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Regatta Report

Last Sunday, July 16, I attended the Redentore regatta at Giudecca. First the pupperini rowed by the youngsters got the crowd started, with Giacomo Marangon and Simone Vecchiato taking first. (What great names, right? Marangon is the name of the … Continue reading

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Redentore 2017

I’m in Venice right now and don’t have much internet access. But here are a few quick photos that my friends took at Redentore last Saturday. I’ll post more later.

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