Welcome dear Reader !
I’m Iris, and I’m so happy that you are joining us on La Venessiana – the Fragrant World of Venice. Grandmother Lina and I founded La Venessiana in June 2015 as blog dedicated to Venetian Slow Travel Experiences and Food Culture. And yes, the image above takes you straight to Grandmother Lina’s home. This is the view she gets from her house, overlooking Campo San Zaccaria, which is five minutes from Piazza San Marco.
I (Iris) was so lucky to grow up in Lina’s secret garden and home, of which you can see a glimpse in the images on this page. Lina created a special edible garden and terracescape, located on the premises of the ancient monastery San Zaccaria.
Living and growing up in a city like Venice is a special experience that we would love to share with you on the blog and in our upcoming books and culinary courses. You will discover a different Venice, seen from the local perspective. As Nonna Lina is writing the blog with me, sometimes, you also get two views on the same topic. After all, we are two generations !
In a city that is almost 1,600 years old and that in the year 2017 received more than 35 million visitors, traveling responsibly is a huge topic. Actually, it’s one of the two issues Venice is currently going through. After all, less than 57,000 people live in Venice, while on average, 77,000 tourists arrive in town every day. Thus, there are a few things to consider before you go, and in particular, it’s focus and clarity.
La Venessiana writes on two topics. One is all dedicated to traveling responsibly and spending quality time in Venice. The other part of our website is dedicated to exploring Venetian food and cooking and the art of creating healthy dishes with spices. For more than 1000 years, Venetians had traded in spices, practically until the fall of the Republic of Venice in 1797. The spice trade accounted for more than 80 per cent of Venetian income in the past. Spices are the backbone of Venetian culture, the primary purpose for which the sumptuous homes in town were built in the first place. Knowing this extraordinary trade and culinary background helps you to connect with the Venetians and their city.
#1 On Traveling Responsibly
If we want to help Venice survive, we need to work together, and preparing well for your stay is the most important step that you can take in this respect. After all, there’s a 1400 year-old city to discover, but there are also many parts of town not open to the public. A whole private city hides behind red brick walls, consisting of secret gardens, terracescapes and lush courtyards, never told in guides and cook books.
On La Venessiana, we’d love to help you plan an unforgettable trip and stay in Venice and have prepared a lot of resources for you in addition to our Blog, like the Welcome to Venice Kit, Monthly E-Mail Magazine (Postcard from Venice) and our upcoming Slow Travel E-Book, Travel Venetian (available from July 2018).
#2 On Eating Venetian
Venetian cuisine is the first fusion kitchen in the world which shaped European taste for more than 800 years. It was the Venetians who introduced spices to Europe, and also salt and cane sugar. There’s a lot of Venetian culinary magic lost, and in particular, historical recipes. But fortunately, during the last decade or so, Venetians are bringing back to life ancient recipes, easy to prepare, healthy and surprisingly modern !
On La Venessiana, we share easy Venetian recipes and tips to integrate them into daily life. In particular, we write about spices, which is something both Grandmother Lina and I love most. And currently, we are writing a book on these topics !
#3 Our first book: Roses and Spices – In the Kitchen With Grandmother
Grandmother Lina has been a cooking instructor for all of her life. She celebrated her 95th birthday in December 2017, and in October 2018, we look so forward to sharing her carefully collected recipes with you!
Discover and enjoy healthy food, based on local ingredients and enhanced with exotic spices, just like the Venetians did in the past.