How the Acqua Granda of 1966 forever changed the Lagoon

Imagine just another mild November morning in Venice, starting slightly misty and clad in silvery clouds. The skies are leaden like in the picture above. In the late morning, light rain sets in and the wind feels warm in your face while the rain is getting more persistent and so is the southerly breeze. In the […]

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How the exotic plants came to Venice

I took the pictures for this article on a morning in early November. Fall seemed to arrive earlier than last year. With the leaves wilting they make way for us to spot something else. During the warm season, it’s hiding behind the foliage but now, something stands out evergreen and emerald. Solitary and exotic plants attract our eyes. You wouldn’t […]

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Four things to explore and taste during All Saints Day in Venice

If you love exploring REAL Venetian sweets, you shouldn’t miss the first weekend in November. On All Saints Day and the weeks afterwards, bakeries and pastry stores in Venice offer traditional treats you don’t get in other seasons. That’s simply because they are tied to a legend, after which Venetians have been baking a special kind […]

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The Fall Guide to the Rialto Market

Autumn is a good time to write guides on Venetian Food ! During these cooler days and until the first frost, the offer at our markets is simply breathtaking as you can see in the cover page of this article. Le zucche – squash is omnipresent and we are fast approaching its peak time here in Venice, […]

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Harvesting Blossoms and the Ancient Perfume Manufacturers in Venice

Early fall is a boon for gardeners in Venice. Rainy weather and cooler temperatures allow plants and vegetables to thrive in the moist Lagoon. Farther south, for example on the Amalfi Coast, autumn is considered a second spring – la primavera in autunno. That’s also true for Venice to some extent. Early fall is the main harvest […]

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The Lagoon of Venice for First-Time Visitors

This is Part two of our Online Travel Guide “Seven Steps to Discovering Venice”. This time we want to tell you a few fascinating facts about this wonderful blue stretch of shallow sea, the Lagoon of Venice. Imagine your plane is landing in Venice and the Lagoon is coming in sight. Depending on the weather you’ll see […]

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Spicy Velvet Squash Soup

If you ever wondered whether Venetians love squash dishes, here’s the confirmation. We love creamy soul food made from la zuca ! Zuca is Venetian for squash while in Italian it’s called la zucca. Zuche are also harvested in summer, I remember spotting the first one at the Rialto Market on a rainy day in late July. There are currently more than […]

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You Know it’s Autumn in Venice when …

The afternoon of October 1st in Venice felt like a warm day in April, yet there’s a striking difference. Mornings are colder and very bright in autumn while on foggy days, colors become blurred and look rather pastel. In this post we are sharing our nine favorite impressions of autumn in Venice and a few Slow Travel tips. […]

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Dream of Venice Architecture

Hortus Conclusus. The Humane City. Midnight Blue. Dream of Venice Architecture depicts Venice as the city built along concentric circles. A novel yet ancient concept and in our opinion, so revealing about the layers and fabric of the floating town, stretching from private to public and beyond into the Lagoon. Soul gardening, Venetian style. Our private gardens, the horti conclusi, […]

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