Category Archives: Italian heritage

Another Truth

I know, I know—tourists are ruining Venice. We hear it all the time. They come in and stay too short a time, eat a slice of pizza, drop their empty water bottles all over the place, stop atop every bridge … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giovanna

Do you believe in miracles? Giovanna did. During the plague of 1630, she wanted to protect her neighbors in the Corte Nova in Venice’s Castello district. Watch this video to learn more about what Giovanna did and see where she … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Bob and Edith Fusillo

Usually I interview one person at a time, but this month I have something special–a couple who fell in love with Venice years ago. I was introduced to them by Piero Bellini, who often gives me good things to blog … Continue reading

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Say “Ahhh!”

In Venice this summer I visited the new Istituto di tecnologia dentale nel rinascimento. As you can see, it features artwork relating to early dental practices.

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Flamingo Spotting, Venetian Style

“We’re secretly going flamingo spotting,” B wrote on her Facebook page, “but the boat captain doesn’t know it.” She and her sister Laura, British ex-pats living in Venice for over a decade, had invited me to join them on the … Continue reading

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Marisa’s Prosecco Secret

  I didn’t realize there were so many kinds of Italian crackers and chips! Apparently Marisa Convento did, though, and she had set them all out for us to enjoy when she opened her jewelry shop, Venetian Dreams on Calle … Continue reading

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Strings of Lights

Always strings of lights. Blue and green and yellow and red and orange. They announce the sagra before you even cross the bridge into San Pietro in Castello–or San Piero, as it’s said in dialect. This was the biggest sagra I had … Continue reading

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