Tag Archives: Italian language

Praise for Venice Rising

Last post, I announced the new anthology of stories by Venetians living through first the historic floods of last November and then the Covid-19 lockdown. Four of my favorite writers on Venice and Italy have shared these reviews of┬áVenice Rising: … Continue reading

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Announcing Venice Rising!

Woohoo! Sound the Marangona bell at the Basilica! The new anthology Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth is now available! It’s a collection of 31 chapters, stories by people living in Venice during the flooding of November 2019 and the … 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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Venice, Wish You Were Here #8

This one is interesting because the postal rubber stamp is different. Most of the postcards I’ve shared here have a round rubber stamp, often from Venezia Ferrovia. But this one is Palazzo Grassi. Too bad part of it is missing! … Continue reading

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Venice, Wish You Were Here #10

“Cara Maria Luisa,” begins this postcard, and beyond that, I’m having a hard time deciphering! I can make out a few words here and there, such as “il mio caldo” and “dall’Italia bella,” but not much else. Please help! I’m … Continue reading

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Malcontenta: Place or State?

Is malcontenta a place or a state of being? (I saw this table this summer when we stopped at the Villa Foscari.)

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #2

“Auguri infiniti e Tante cose affettuose” What a greeting! “Infinite wishes and many affectionate things”–or something like that. Native speakers out there, is there a better way to translate this? By the way, I love how the lamppost stretches out … 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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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 in My Mailbox

It’s not every day that Casanova shows up in my mailbox. But that’s where I found him today! My copy of the new journal Casanoviana arrived in a large white envelope. It replaces the former l’Intermediaire des Casanovistes (and before … Continue reading

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