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I Teatri di Venezia

Some people actually like tests. Do you? If so, you should visit the Ca’ Golden museum in Venice. It has a room dedicated to Venice’s rich and important theater legacy. But the best part is the large map where you … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Scott Stavrou

I was introduced to Scott by another Venetophile, shortly after he published his novel Losing Venice. Luckily for me, he also agreed to write a chapter for First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Though Scott used to live … Continue reading

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Strings of Lights

Always strings of lights. Blue and green and yellow and red and orange. They announce the sagra before you even cross the bridge into San Pietro in Castello–or San Piero, as it’s said in dialect. This was the biggest sagra I had … 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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Meeting Albert

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

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San Giacomo Gets Down!

San Giacomo’s feast day is July 25, and the folks who live in Venice’s parish of San Giacomo dell’Orio know how to celebrate it! They hold their sagra around that time every year. On July 18 I met up with friends, … Continue reading

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Soprannomi di Gondolieri

My nicknames are Kat, G-Dawg, Gonzo…pretty tame stuff. In Venice, the gondoliers are known for giving each other nicknames, ones that are sometimes complimentary but often ones that are ironic, bawdy, or even insulting. Some names are in Italian, while … Continue reading

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Without Precedent

The University of Karueein, which began in 859 in Morocco, is the world’s oldest continually operating university. For Europe, that distinction goes to the University of Bologna in Italy, which opened in 1088. But it took until June 25, 1678, … Continue reading

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Ebook Is Here–and Beautiful!

Announcing the ebook version of A Beautiful Woman in Venice, now available on Smashwords: A Beautiful Woman ebook Smashwords offers multiple platforms, including epub, mobi (kindle), lrf, pdb, and online reader. It will take me a bit longer to get the … Continue reading

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In Memoriam–The Steaming Lady

176 years ago today, Marina Querini Benzon died. She is the subject of the famous song “La Biondina in Gondoleta” about a languorous blond with her lover, floating down the canals. She was quite a liberated woman for the late … Continue reading

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