Welcome to Roses and Spices ! This is our personal Venice guide for you, taking you behind the scenes of our town, traveling back and forward between the present and the past.
Perhaps the Title Slideshow is not what you’d expect from a guide to Venice. Jungle-like gardens. Exotic plants. Blossoms. Spices. But here we are about to immerse ourselves into the true story of Venice …
There is still one of which you never speak.’ Marco Polo bowed his head. ‘Venice,’ the Khan said. Marco smiled. ‘What else do you believe I have been talking to you about?’ The emperor did not turn a hair. ‘And yet I have never heard you mention that name.’ And Polo said: ‘Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Are you surprised that we chose “jungle pictures” as cover for our Venice Guide? There’s a very good reason for that … Take this virtual journey in chronological order and the story of Venice will unfold before you in seven chapters. We have also prepared a few tools for you to connect to Venice on an emotional level. So let’s start !
Marco Polo and the other Venetian merchants set the stage for the unique economic power that Venice became by focusing on the spice and luxuries trade. Venetian creativity set the stage for a cuisine and lifestyle that influenced Europe for more than 1,200 years.
How to Use this Guide
This is our special collection of blog articles aiming to help you connect with a “strange” city and her inhabitants living in the midst of a 550 km² Lagoon. We tell the forgotten story of Venice from the perspective of locals, linking this experience with Venetian culture, food history and traditions. This is the essence of my research on these subjects at university (Ca’ Foscari and others) and in public and private libraries and museums in Venice.
Going through these articles chronologically may take some time, but if you do it that way and start your journey taking one of the seven steps after the other (each of the seven steps consists of an introductory text and two blog articles), we promise that you will get a very different picture of Venice. Venice is very much alive behind the scenes ! And we promise that you will really understand Venetian heritage, and why tapping bits and pieces of this ancient knowledge could really make a difference to life in our times …
Here are your Seven Steps of a Special Discovery and different approach to Venice and her Lagoon.
- Introducing Venice and our lifestyle
- Why is the Lagoon so important for the existence of Venice
- About the Venetian spice gardens
- The forgotten secrets of Venetian cosmetics, natural remedies and perfumery
- Introducing the Venetian food culture
- A sea of spices, coffee and chocolate
- Slow rituals, outlook, the future and the (Venetian) wisdom of life
- Further reading & useful links
Thanks for taking your time and going through this “online course” :-) Your interest in our city means the world to us ! Xo, Lina and Iris