Category Archives: Italian heritage

Sharing: Gondola Shoes

Provocative title, no? Do I mean shoes you wear on a gondola? Shoes that gondolas wear? Neither! Rita (who has contributed Venetiana to this site before) sent this photo spotted in Santa Cruz, California, of a painting featuring gondolas in … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Villa Medici

The latest in my series of Casanova sites in Rome, which I visited with Adriano Contini in 2018. We saw some 18th century paintings of the Quirinale and Monte Cavallo, where Casanova first met Pope Benedict XIV. After the Pope’s … Continue reading

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Sharing: The Oldest Map of Venice

Fellow Venice lover (and poet) Rita Bottoms shared this news item. Researcher Dr. Sandra Toffolo discovered the oldest-known map of Venice, dating to between 1345-1350. The drawing comes from a travel journal of Niccolò da Poggibonsi. But here’s an important … Continue reading

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Venetian Dance Step

Boat safety or a new dance step? I spotted this boat in Dorsoduro last summer.

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #6

My friend bought this postcard for me at a sort of “garage sale” in a small village in France. What is the equivalent of a garage sale there? What do they call it? I’m sad that there’s no real message … Continue reading

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Sharing: “Not Waving but Drowning”

Fellow Venetophile Jane Fleming shared this poem that her poet husband composed. A melancholy thought for the year’s end, but certainly a poem worth sharing. The image is from his blog site as well. Thanks for sharing!

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Sharing: Gingerbread Venice!

Check out Venice made from gingerbread! This article was sent to me by Rita in Santa Cruz, a fellow author in First Spritz Is Free. A group of architects took on the task and even added details like water flooding … Continue reading

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