Category Archives: Venice

Ahhh, anything about the city I love.

Marco Polo Firsts

Marco Polo, that indefatigable and well-traveled Venetian, is often credited with bringing a number of things from China to Europe. But Laurence Bergreen’s book, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, dispels some of the misconceptions, and his thorough research uncovered … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Jane Mosse

As a great lover of both Venice and Rosalba Carriera, Jane reached out to me after reading my chapter on Rosalba in A Beautiful Woman in Venice. We then began a correspondence and a friendship across the waters. Hopefully we’ll … Continue reading

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Crawling Through Venice

The words “cicchetti crawl” might conjure up images of creepy, spiny things inching their way across the ocean floor. Or they might make you think of yummy snacks under the glass case of a Venetian bar! I was the fortunate … Continue reading

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The Barcarolle Is Not Dead

Strolling past the Church of Sant’Angelo Raffaele last summer, I heard a quiet voice and plinking guitar accompanied by the gentle push of an oar against water. Boys in a boat singing a barcarolle! How sweet is that? A barcarolle … Continue reading

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Initial Impressions

  Here are a couple first impressions of Venice, with writing that lifts my heart. Just wanted to share. “I took a water-bus from the Lido to Venice proper, and approaching this city in the sea, glittering in brilliant sunshine, … Continue reading

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Losing or Gaining Venice?

How does one lose a city? Lose it to tourism? Lose it by falling out of love with it? Lose it to memory loss as one ages? Or, as the protagonist Mark thinks to himself, “What myriad assortment of fickle … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Luisella Romeo

Luisella Romeo’s reputation preceded her. I had heard so much about her knowledge and passion for Venice before I got to meet her last summer. I was also delighted to have her contribute to First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of … Continue reading

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