Monthly Archives: August 2020

In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Customs Office

Rome’s ancient customs office or Dogana di Terra was in a building designed by Carlo Fontana in 1696, which incorporated the pillars from a temple honoring Emperor Hadrian built in 144. It was renovated and simplified in 1879-1882 and again … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #12

A short message on this postcard: “Un caro ricordo” or “a fond memory.” I want more! Did you kiss under the Bridge of Sighs? Sip a glass of wine while looking over a canal? Eat too much gelato? Walk hand … Continue reading

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Beneath the Lion’s Wings: Book Review

It’s a fairly common daydream of many travelers to Venice to fall in love with a gondolier. The most romantic boat in the most romantic city, and many of these guys know how to charm their passengers. But what if … Continue reading

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Praise for Venice Rising

Last post, I announced the new anthology of stories by Venetians living through first the historic floods of last November and then the Covid-19 lockdown. Four of my favorite writers on Venice and Italy have shared these reviews of┬áVenice Rising: … Continue reading

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Announcing Venice Rising!

Woohoo! Sound the Marangona bell at the Basilica! The new anthology Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth is now available! It’s a collection of 31 chapters, stories by people living in Venice during the flooding of November 2019 and the … Continue reading

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