La Venessiana – The Fragrant World of Venice, founded as food art and garden blog in 2011. Ten years ago, when the first serious consequences of mass tourism were palpable in Venice, we (Iris and Lina) started the website for everyone wishing to escape hit-and-run visits:
Our purpose is to bring a dream city alive, Venexia told from the female perspective: A tribute to Venetian grandmothers and the important lessons we learn from them.
There’s so much to show and tell about the culinary heritage of Venice, gardens and garden food, Lagoon islands, and the work of artisans of our ancient Byzantine city and its unique history and lifestyle.
And when the Covid-19 crisis hit Italy and Venice in early 2020, we created a new way to connect with everyone missing Venice and Venetian food: We’re now taking you to Venice and the Lagoon online, via e-guides, virtual tours + retreats and online classes: Connect with Venice again, and dive deeper into Venetian stories, historical recipes for food, natural remedies and perfumery.
Lina is 98 years old, a member of the Cavalieri di San Marco and Venetian hotelier who founded three restaurants dedicated to authentic Lagoon cuisine. Lina’s granddaughter Iris is an environmental specialist in the financial sector. She wrote her thesis on the ecology and urbanization of the Venetian Lagoon and loves developing recipes in her spare time, based on historical Venetian cookbooks.
Together, we created this new website for you, with lots of virtual experiences and online cooking classes designed to bring the flavors of Venice to your home!
4 ways to get started – let us show you Venice virtually:
- Subscribe to Postcard from Venice: This is our monthly newsletter, colorful and packed with updates, recipes, news, and little surprises. Subscribe below.
- Become a Member: Laguna in Cucina is a food memoir of the Lagoon, filled with recipes and glimpses of the past and present. Sit down with us once a week, and watch stories, ancedotes, recipes, glimpses of daily life and portraits of people and places: A home base for you to return regularly and enjoy the seasons in Venice. You’ll also taste Nonna Lina’s family recipes! Click here to see Laguna in Cucina
- Read our personal journal about life in Venice. We’ll also publish colorful post about the upcoming birthday of Venice – 1600 years!!
- Visit our shop: If you’re into Venetian culture and history, take a look at our online experiences – Venetia Venetian heritage and culture, or take a look at our new solstice bundle (winter + summer solstice menus and stories, and why it’s so important for life in the Lagoon).
Venetian cuisine is based on the moon and tide cycles: A seasonal way of cooking, using herbs, produce and fruit foraged in the Lagoon, or cultivated in one of the many secret herb gardens and orchards. The other essential ingredients of Venetian cooking are spices. Join us and discover Venetian flavors and their stories in our new Membership, Laguna in Cucina:
THE MOOD: January in Venice – Program of Laguna in Cucina: See the ice-cold Lagoon tinged with white, taste Venetian Bacaro culture with winter tramezzini and vin brulé, winter lasagne, grandfather’s red wine soups, warming soul food dishes made from cicory and a special spice mix, and see the white ellebore gardens in the Lagoon.