About Our Venetian Chocolate

This Carnival weekend is a good time to post a “sweet story” telling about Venetian chocolates. Venice in the last 300 years developed her own flavors and specialties as you will discover. The story of chocolates in Venice begins in Piazza San Marco, in each of the eight cafes  Giuseppe Tassini mentions were around the […]

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Carnival in Venice – Past and Present

A few days ago, looking at an image posted by Bacart (a Venetian art gallery) on their Facebook Page made me recall the style, sights, color combinations and sounds of Carnival taking place in Venice during a different time. The look and feel of Carnival in the late 1980s, intimate and private and much lesser known. […]

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Non Solo Spezie – A Venetian Food Exhibition

Coming to Venice between the seasons, that is right now in January, has its advantages before the year commences with the major and longest celebration, Carnival. In winter, Venice hosts the most interesting exhibitions, which in the last two years have been dedicated to the fascinating culinary history of the Republic. Last year I wrote about […]

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Ocio che nevega – January in Venice

Last night Venice enjoyed something that may be perfectly normal in other parts of Italy while here, it’s not something you get to see so very often :-). Already from mid-November, you find the “ocio che nevega” brochures available at the Town Hall. It means attention – it’s snowing, and that’s what finally happened last […]

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Our honey-pepper cake for Epiphany

Here are six useful terms for you to understand Venetian traditions on Epiphany Day, and of course, to taste all the cakes ! Watch out for the terms Epifania, Befana, Re Magi, carbone, panevin and fritole which we will explain in a moment. The week after the New Year brings on the ancient and real Christmas traditions in Venice.  As […]

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The Venetian Coffee Story

Cava – coffee was known to the Venetian mercanti (spice merchants) and the spezieri (call them spice experts, for now) from the 12th century. Back then, polvere de cava dark coffee powder and roasted coffee beans were considered “just another spice”. Just like sucaro de canna cane sugar was considered a spice variety. Merchants at the trading outposts of […]

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Alone in the Doge’s Palace

Not on purpose, simply, it happened that a few weeks ago when visiting Palazzo Ducale, I was the only visitor around. It was the day I visited the memorable Acqua e Cibo Exhibition. Such a strange feeling, not scary but awesome, just myself and our otherwise overcrowded Doge’s Palace … Often, the only sound I heard […]

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Medieval Dining in Venice

700 years ago, two cooking styles in Venice existed. You can taste them both in Venice today and the festive period of Carnival is a good reason to explore ancient tastes and culinary delights. In the past, you could have chosen between food from the Lagoon  (loved by citizens and artisans in Venice) and refined, spice-flavored plates served in the […]

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A Venetian Winter Tale from 1341

There are some ancient legends that bear a strange resemblance to the situation of the Lagoon today, just few of these are ever mentioned in travel guides. The legend of the “Three Saints” that succeeded in saving Venice from terrible floods caused by a winter storm back in the year 1341. The storm is actually […]

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