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Hide and Seek

Ancient kitchens in the Ospedaletto? A farmer’s market at the women’s prison? A late night library? These are some of the intriguing places included in a recent article in Italy Magazine, which I thought I’d share with you today: “The … Continue reading

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A Palazzo Cut Short

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni looks like this: But it was supposed to look like this: This model can be seen at the Museo Correr. I had heard that the palace was never finished because the owners ran out of … Continue reading

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BoatChaseGondolaDestructionHorror

From the James Bond film Moonraker. I love the silly bits at the end, like the pigeon doing a double-take, or the guy at the table deciding that a gondola driving through the Piazza San Marco is a good reason … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Remarkable women have been thwarted throughout the centuries. One story that never fails to break my heart is the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman in the world to earn a university degree. Watch this video to learn … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Campo Manin

La Cavamacchia was a well-known courtesan in Casanova’s time. Hear part of her story here, on this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova, as I stand before the house of Signor Piai in Campo Manin. Between Casanova and La Cavamacchia … Continue reading

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Global Metaphor

While in Venice a few weeks ago, I attended the afternoon session of the symposium The Ghetto as Global Metaphor.  Though it was about 100 degrees in the Ca’ Dolfin, I could still enjoy the frescoed walls and elaborate chandeliers, … Continue reading

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