Venetian residents Iris and Lina started La Venessiana – The Fragrant World of Venice in June 2015 as blogzine for residents and visitors who would like to dig deeper and learn about the secret Venice behind the scenes, the gardens and stories that aren’t mentioned in the guidebooks. We envisage La Venessiana as a platform hosting resources for you to explore Venice online before you plan your trip, while you are staying in Venice, and learn more about the city when you’ve had a first impression after returning home from your visit.
While the city can get rather crowded in summer, there’s another world in which the historical Venice lives on, in private homes and gardens behind the red brick walls. Did you know that almost half of our city consists of gardens? Venice has always needed her gardens to survive, to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and even spices! This is an essential part of Venetian heritage is still there, invisible for tourists.
La Venessiana starts here, showing and telling you about you the Venice behind the scenes and beyond the crowds. While we have travel, shop and restaurant tips for you where you can taste authentic food and experience a wonderful stay, we also include Venetian stories:
We write about Lagoon food, historical recipes and secret gardens, and we tell the fascinating story of the largest gardens of San Zaccaria, just five minutes from Piazza San Marco!
Our atelier is located in this ancient garden. We grow edible Lagoon herbs, medical herbs and forgotten fruit, and recover historical recipes from the library of the monastery. We share the stories and the recipes in ebooks, eguides and online classes for visitors who wish to learn more about Venice.
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