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Venice, My Muse: Donna Jo Napoli

Over twenty years ago, I was in a traditional trattoria and was charmed by a retired sandolista named Guido. He told me his life story about being a child during World War II who was rounded up and sent away … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow Dancing

The many ways that water lives in the city–this is captured in JoAnn Locktov’s new paean to Venice: Dream of Venice in Black and White. Puddles, fog, snow, rain, canals–of course, waves, reflections, clouds, splashes, mist on stones, droplets in … Continue reading

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An Obsession, a Craving, an Infatuation

“But the thing that unites all 35 Venetophiles in First Spritz is Free is an obsession, a craving, an infatuation, an addiction for the mystical city of Venice. If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting Venice, have family roots there or … 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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No Bamboozling

The boy and his sister held up the painting of the Ghetto Novo so their parents could take a picture of it. They were contemplating the nearly finished painting that showed the Ghetto at early nighttime, the sky an inky … Continue reading

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Murder Can Be Fun, Too

When I taught freshman English for many years, it was all about suicide. Romeo and Juliet. Antigone. Dead Poets Society. Eek! How could we have any fun in a classroom like that? And yet we still found ways to play … 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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