This is Venice, on a hot summer day. I took the image standing on one of the oldest bridges in town, Ponte San Lorenzo, and the little church and campo are behind me on the left. The area around San Lorenzo is a special place: Marco Polo and his family are buried here, as he himself laid down in his will.
Not far from this bridge, grandmother’s Lina house located. Turn right at the far end of this image, walk down along Rio de l’Osmarin and here it is! Inside this pale pink painted house (you can see its facade in the header image of my blog), is a sprawling courtyard garden.
Lina’s garden stretches across two courtyards, four terraces and seven balconies, all connected with each other by wrought iron stairs. It’s an ancieng garden, created at the same time when Venice was founded, around 430 AD. And it was given a nice name: El Brolo.
In 1968, Lina and her husband bought the house, and with it came what remained of El Brolo. Today, the garden is the new home of forgotten herbs of the Lagoon.
We are very honored that this garden was featured in the book First Spritz is Free and in the magazine L’Italo-Americano. In 2019, In 2019, we started our project of featuring the garden, its history and the culinary heritage of Venice.