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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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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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Exploding Head

Can you see the flames leaping out of my head? My head is exploding! Last night I attended the sagra, the neighborhood festival at Campo San Giovanni in Bragora. Part of the entertainment included “singing from the balconies,” a short … Continue reading

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Two Women, One University

Today I spent a lovely day in Padova with Tiziana, the person who translated my Casanova guidebook, Seductive Venice, into Italian. We walked around the city to see the most beautiful sites, from the Caffe Pedrocchi, to the Palazzo delle … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Monica Cesarato

Monica and I have not yet met face to face, but we hope to soon when I head there next week. We were introduced by mutual friends, and now Monica has contributed a chapter to my upcoming book First Spritz … Continue reading

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Eight Women

That’s how many women are trying to enter the gondoliers’ school in Venice this year. The Arte del Gondoliere trains potential gondoliers before they take the test for a substitute gondolier license that allows them to share a gondola and … Continue reading

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More Remarkable Venetian Women

A Beautiful Woman in Venice details the lives of Venetian women from the 1300s onwards, dipping a toe into the 1800s. Then I came across this page from┬áVenezia Autentica, which describes a number of “my” Venetian women and then adds … Continue reading

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