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Below we’re sharing a few reviews of our readers since 2012. If you would like to work with us, please view examples of our co-operations on the Press Page. Click here to get in touch with us.

Iris Loredana

Iris Loredana is a masterful culinary historian and we are so grateful that she shares her knowledge! Your blog has brought us so many beautiful reminders of Venice, through the cuisine, spices & gardens. Thank you for sharing your world ! (& your precious grandmother !)”.

JoAnn Locktov, Bella Figura Communications

 I like to research places on our route and how best to use our time, and as luck would have it, I came across a beautiful and informative blog, La Venessiana, which has utterly refuelled my desire to be back in the city that so captured my heart on our first visit … The writer Iris, and her Venetian grandmother Lina have hit upon an enticing recipe for their blog, including good photography, food writing, and very useful local knowledge. The first post that caught my eye was something dear to my heart – early morning coffee, so I was delighted to get some ideas on where to go for a good coffee fix, featured in the post Nice, new and trendy cafes in Venice. Having devoured the cafe post, I continued to delve into other posts, and came upon a link to a magical and mesmerising video of Venice (and in particular the Piazza San Marco).”

Whatever takes my fancy (Blog New Zealand)

 Your restaurant recommendations are gold to me! I might be visiting Venice in April and I promise I will try at least one of your recommendations. Of course, I will report back!!! Looooooooooooove your blog and the fact that you created it with your nonna!

The Slow Pace (Blog Germany and Spain)

 Thank you for your truly beautiful work! It’s not just that this recent post has got me curious about the preparation of fried elderflowers, so many of your posts over the past year have inspired me to explore more of the history, cuisine and agriculture of Venice. OG Venice truly appreciates your writing!!

Marjorie Sterne, OG Venice Travel Guide (United States)

 Complimenti per il bellissimo blog! Lo leggo da molto tempo (ma non ho mai lasciato commenti) e ogni post e’ un tuffo nella mia infanzia ….. adesso che vivo all’estero la mia Venezia a volte é un ricordo ancora piú struggente… i fiori di sambuco fritti !!!! mia nonna me li faceva anche …”

Nica Vignotto (Venezia e Olanda)

 You have become my absolute favorite blog, along with Chestnuts and Truffles. I look forward every week to reading your next post. You not only make me feel like I’m in Venice, you keep my flame of wanting to go back alive. So thank you for bringing your world to mine..

Vanessa Baca Food in Boosk Blog (United States)

 Around the same time whilst researching Venice’s lagoon online, I was delighted to come across the beautiful and evocative La Venessiana blog/website. Set up by Venetian resident Iris Loredana, it shares seasonal family recipes for Venetian food and perfumes and celebrates the seasons and secret places of the city and lagoon. One post particularly fascinated me, giving little-known (to me) facts and background on the islands of the lagoon and the lagoon itself. For instance, I had no idea that the sea lavender that I love to paint on the north Norfolk coast also grows on some of the quiet lagoon islands (plus many more unexpected and interesting connections and resonances for me between the saltmarshes of Norfolk and Venice). Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in authentic Venice and her environs.”

Mari French Artist (United Kingdom)

You have created a beautiful and creative website with information I don’t see anywhere else. La Venessiana does bring Venice here, to me, in Oxford and I enjoy it immensely.”

Janet Rant (United Kingdom)

Thank you once again, Iris, for a beautifully written post that captures such beauty in this city! This post is magical. It describes exactly how September in Venice feels. Exactly …”

Maya Stonecastle Venice Bites Food Tours

Great Blogging – great content !!

Giuseppe Boscaro The Liquid Press (Venezia)

Great articles from one of our favorite blog…”

Marco Gasparinetti Gruppo 25 Aprile (Venezia)

Your posts are wonderful and a reminder of just how beautiful and truly special Venice is. They make me long to return. Thank you for the history lesson. I’d no idea that Carnival’s roots went back so far, although I did know about fritole.”

Cho John From the Bartolini Kitchens (United States)

For me the Venetian Lagoon is a huge, magical environment, inspiration to Hemingway. A delicate ecological balance between ocean and river, between human intervention and natural processes. Without the lagoon Venice could not have become the supreme maritime nation of the Eastern Mediterranean. An independent republic for 1000 years. Amazing and brilliant work of presenting this incredible city – many, many thanks!

Janet Simmonds The Educated Traveller (UK)

Discovered your website today and just want to say how well written, informative and delightful it is. Have spent hours reading your every word. Have noted down your wonderful recommendations, the restaurants, bars, bakeries, specialities, etc. And plan to try them all. Just wanted to say a huge thank you. Lina sounds marvellous, by the way…

Janet Cloke

 Cannot wait to try your squash soup recipe!!! it sounds delicious, especially the spices you use!!!

Tiffany N Peters

 There is so much you tell us that I had never known. The story of Venice is fascinating and so much more complex than I had once thought. It’s like looking at someone with new eyes.

Kris Bean

 This was a great lesson. I had no idea Amalfi was a small nation state and best friend of Venice! Thank you for sharing the great photos too.

Midge Guerrera

As usual, you bring Venice alive for my senses, even from seas away. I can almost imagine how delicious Risi e Bisi must be with the freshest of produce!

Arundhati Basu

You describe perfectly not just the unique culinary traditions of Venezia, but you also talk about the connections between good-quality food and health, as well as beauty. Now I am craving risi e bisi!

Vanessa Baca Food in Books (United States)

For me, La Venessiana has always stood out from other websites because of its very personal insights and real beauty – it is so beautiful! – reflecting the personality of your incomparable city. It is a tribute to you that you began it, created it, and now with Lina, offer the Venice Heritage Course. It is filled with information I never knew, and is a joy for me.

Janet Rant (UK)

Thank you!! I was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2017, and I miss Venice terribly. Your site is a wonderful way to travel back. Really enjoyed your books!

Katherine Yung

I love your recipes! The herbs used to match the seasons makes such good sense. So delicious!

Midge Guerrera

I have followed you for some time now, I enjoy your work and do so agree that Venice has much more to offer than the main attractions. Now we are here for the whole of October and every day we discover hidden gems. Thank you so much for sharing your city, I look forward to discovering your next online classes!

Jackie Jennings

I want to live in your Venice! You describe the city in such rich and loving detail. Such wonderful information about a Venice we usually don’t see! Thank you for lending me your eyes and your knowledge.

Kathleen Ann Gonzalez Seducative Venice Blog

“We can do it if we try!” Is a Positive Attitude to have. Thanks for this enlightening bit of history, the true story of Venice and Dalmatia, and La Festa della Sensa, it gives more meaning to the City that I love. Mille grazie!

Robert Levrini (UK)

Thank you for educating me on your fascinating history. Goes to prove that trade links must be nutured & maintained. Your beautiful city is an example to us all! 

MIke Raines

Your work is so lovely, Iris! First of all, wisteria gets me with its name just like willows. Secondly, I love the way the Venetians use spring blossoms in every way possible before they wither away and thirdly, the painting that inspired you to start La Venessiana is exquisite!

Arundhati Basu

I totally agree with your tips for first-time visitors to Venice. I was blessed with an opportunity to visit Venice in March 2014. As you suggest, I did my research months in advance. And, I had a thousand and one other magical moments. Your website has re-excited those senses! Grazie mille! 

Robert Hyazinth
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