Tag Archives: Italian history

A Peek into the Past

A reader recently shared this link from the Telegraph. Check out the Venice of a hundred plus years ago. Some are black and white only, while others are hand tinted. 21 Photos of Early Venice I’m trying to make sense … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Santa Maria degli Angeli

Barbara Lynn-Davis’ book Casanova’s Secret Wife reminded me that I have a video to share with you–a Quattro Minuti episode I filmed at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, attached to what used to be the convent of the … Continue reading

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The Devil Had Him by the Hair

Who did the devil have by the hair? And what did he have planned? Check out this post on Dianne Hales’ blog site Becoming Italian Word by Word. Dianne is the author of La Bella Lingua and Mona Lisa: A … Continue reading

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Join Me in Little Italy!

Put October 1 on your calendar for the Little Italy Street Festival! Admission is free, and all proceeds help fund the Little Italy Museum and other local projects. Live music all day, wine tasting and food vendors, plus lots of … Continue reading

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Meeting Albert

Do you remember seeing this before? In February 2017 I wrote about this plaque on the Calle Scaleter #2235, outside the shop of Monica Daniele. When he visited Venice, Casanovist Marco Leeflang investigated and met Monica, a maker of hats … Continue reading

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A Title in Question

“First Female Gondolier in Venice” Who holds that title? Why is this question important (or not?) What does it signify? Why are we asking? The question became pertinent again this summer when RadioLab aired its story “The Gondolier” about Alex … Continue reading

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Vigna Murada

Vigna Murada, the original name of the island now known as Lazzaretto Novo, has had inhabitants since the Bronze Age. Most people think of it, however, as a quarantine island, where ships and their crews and cargos were held for … Continue reading

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