Category Archives: Italian heritage

Sharing: How to Support Venetian Businesses

Rita shared this with me. In these times as we, who are far away, want to help keep Venetian businesses alive, here is a real way to help. Buy a book or just make a donation to Damocle Bookstore, near … Continue reading

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Live Chat on Instagram!

Monica Cesarato and I are defying the shelter in place rule to meet for a live chat–on Instagram! So I guess we’re not really defying any rule, but we just want to hang out and chat across the time zones. … Continue reading

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ABWIV: Maria Boscola

My last post discussed the water that appears to be cleaner in Venice’s canals and lagoons, particularly affected by the lack of boats that usually stir up the sediment. This got me thinking about Venetian boats, which led me to … Continue reading

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Does Covid19 Lead to Clean Canals?

Venice’s canals are notoriously dirty, but with Italy locked down and the tourists staying away, residents are noticing that the canals look cleaner. There actually seeing fish! But what is the real reason for this new clarity? Check out this … Continue reading

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“The Sound of No Hands Clapping”

La Fenice in Venice is dark, as is pretty much every large venue, but the musicians play on! I heard this radio item while commuting home from my school that is now closed due to the corona virus. (image from … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #7

I had Bavarian exchange students, Simon and Pascal, help me translate the writing on this card that was going to Vienna, Austria, dated 20 February 1935. Here’s what we think it says: “Love, today at noon. We arrived well and … Continue reading

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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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