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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Greg Mohr

Gondola Greg, as he’s widely known, reached out to me years ago when I published my first book Free Gondola Ride. He’s the president of the Gondola Society of America and also runs an American gondola company with multiple locations … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Marina Querini Benzon

As many of you know, one advantage of Biennale years is that exhibits are housed inside palaces and buildings that are often not otherwise open to the public. I was giddy with excitement when I found that Palazzo Benzon, former … Continue reading

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Remembering Helenio

Fiora Gandolfi Herrera, an iconoclastic Venetian, sent me this video where she shares memories of her late husband, the soccer star Helenio Herrera. 20 Years without Helenio Herrera I met Fiora a few years ago when she showed up at … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: The Ridotto

It’s been a while since I shared a Quattro Minuti video with you. I know, some of you have already binged watched all of them on YouTube. But I’m guessing some of you wait feverishly for me to dole out … 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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