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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Late Summer in the Lagoon

September is considered summer in Venice with a bonus: It’s harvest time and the flowers and vegetables in the Lagoon enjoy a “second spring”. That means they are ripe and lush again after the hottest months of the year and the grape harvest, la vendemmia, is taking place.

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Venice for First-Time Visitors

During the summer, we were asked repeatedly how first-time travelers can prepare their visit to Venice. Useful “things” to know about Venice. Here’s our collection of answers dedicated it to the first-time traveler AND the seasoned visitor amongst you. What can I expect from Venice ? Expect the world capital of colors and reflections. After all, there are 118 islands […]

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Come & Have Breakfast with us in Venice

I call these days of late summer le giornate balsamiche.  They are so calm and the light is different as the angle of the sun rays is changing. You notice there’s more dew (rugiada) on the blossoms, otherwise the flower beds are rather dry here. It looks dry and will remain so until mid-autumn when cooler weather sets […]

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Our Flavored Cappuccino Recipes

I love cappuccino with delicious add-ons. This sunny Saturday morning I flavored my cappuccino with Campari :-) Flavoring coffee is a habit of Venetians that goes back until the late 17th century when the first cafes opened in town. Grandmother is very strict with her morning coffee but she does like flavored milk with her caffé […]

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Culinary Flavors of the Fifth Season

In the second part of August the so-called “Fifth Season” starts in Venice. La quinta stagione which comes between summer and fall. Call it harvest time in Venice and the Veneto. This is also the time of the vendemmia, the grape harvest. You can see below what our grapes look like. They are blue for in Venice just […]

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