Tag Archives: Italian heritage

Gondola Stuff: Mug

It happened again! I thought I had found and shared with you every gondola thing in my house. Then when I went to have a cup of tea, I came across this mug I hadn’t used in a while. It’s … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Plague

This past week I traveled back in time with Luisella Romeo and Iris Loredana via their offerings about Venice’s long history with plagues and epidemics. Believe it or not, it was a tasty trip! Luisella, an excellent guide to Venice, … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #13

Alright, I need LOTS of help with this one! All I feel confident in reporting is that it went to Brussels, Belgium, to a Monsieur Marcel. What is the date? What is the message? Who sent it? And isn’t is … Continue reading

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Share the Gioia!

I’ve previously posted about ways to support artisans whose businesses and livelihoods have been hit hard by the shut downs and travel restrictions. Here’s a new way to support Italian artisans and receive a surprise gift! One of our local … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome–Customs Office

Rome’s ancient customs office or Dogana di Terra was in a building designed by Carlo Fontana in 1696, which incorporated the pillars from a temple honoring Emperor Hadrian built in 144. It was renovated and simplified in 1879-1882 and again … Continue reading

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“A” Is for Amore

I was going to come up with my own snappy title for this post, but Dianne Hales already has the best title! This is her new book, a joyful read you can dip into whenever you need an infusion of … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Giustina Rossi

Why have I waited so long to post this video? Giustina Rossi is a Venetian hero and the story from farthest in the past from my collection of Beautiful Women in Venice. I cajoled a stranger on a busy day … Continue reading

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Recreations: Lucrezia Marinella

Karen has recreated this image of Lucrezia Marinella, the genre-defying author from the 1500s. I don’t know how the women back then created those little horns with their hair, and I don’t blame Karen for not trying to mimic that … Continue reading

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Recreations: Luisa Bergalli Gozzi

Swift on the heels of Laura’s portrait of Isabella, I received this contribution from Tina, who has captured the look of Luisa Bergalli Gozzi. The original portrait comes from the frontispiece of her anthology of Venetian women writers, an important … Continue reading

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Recreations: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

Wow, someone rose to my challenge right away! My friend Laura, and artist and art teacher, sent this recreation of Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi. The original portrait is by Elisabeth Louise VigeĆ© Le Brun (1792). Doesn’t Laura have the perfect hair? … Continue reading

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