Category Archives: Venice

Ahhh, anything about the city I love.

The Curious Guide

“We have to be curious when we travel in Italy.” Luisella Romeo reminds us of this in her interview with Italy Chronicles on April 6. Her curiosity is certainly one of the traits that makes her a great tour guide. … Continue reading

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Appassionata!

Taken by passion: Appassionata! This is the theme that flows through Dianne Hales’ new book La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. In her Introduction, one of Dianne’s Roman friends says, “There is a passion that you take to bed, … Continue reading

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Another Kind of Truth

What if the stories Casanova wrote in his memoirs were all fabrications? How do we know when he is telling the truth? Or now much of each story is the truth? A new essay has got me thinking about these … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Scott Stavrou

I was introduced to Scott by another Venetophile, shortly after he published his novel Losing Venice. Luckily for me, he also agreed to write a chapter for First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Though Scott used to live … Continue reading

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Buon Compleanno, Giacomo!

April 2, 1725, Giacomo Casanova was born, first child to his parents Zanetta Farussi and Gaetano Casanova. Numerous books and films have been produced about his life, including the new episode of Paese Che Vai from Rai TV in Italy … Continue reading

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Casanova, Ambassador Yesterday and Today

Albert Gardin is promoting this event to celebrate Venice’s illustrious native son. If you’re in Venice on April 2, please attend and then tell me how it went! I wish I could be there but will have to toast Giacomo … Continue reading

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Un Piccolo Poema: “Ca’ d’Oro”

  I want to live in the Ca’ d’Oro. I deserve such beauty. Each morning I’d rise to be framed by gothic arabesques and marble, columns of rose, melon, and cerulean blue. I’d gaze down upon green waters as gondoliers … Continue reading

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