Evelina, A Victorian Heroine in Venice – Life and Garden of Countess Evelina van Milligen – Pisani

This is our review of the newly published book Evelina – A Victorian Heroine in Venice. In her latest biographical novel, set in the 19th century, Rome-based writer and lecturer Judith Harris tells the compelling story of Countess Evelina van Millingen – Pisani, Constantinople, the Venetian diaspora, Veneto and Venice. And the story of Evelina’s […]

Blossoming in September – Equinox in a Venetian Moon Garden

The beginning of spring and autumn are important times from a Venetian gardener’s point of view. You need to know the laws of equinox and harness its signs. You need to recognize the changing patterns of the tides occurring during Equinox in the Lagoon if you want to be a successful gardener :-) In this […]

Island Discoveries – Exploring Sacca Sessola

It was on one of these afternoons when Venice is packed with tourists and the heat is reaching into the little courtyards baking in the sun. Visiting Sacca Sessola island, also called Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) had been on my mind for quite some time, since it became accessible to the public on 24 […]

Celebrating El Redentór with Historical Recipes

It takes us at least a few days, sometimes more than a week, to prepare for the Redentore Feast. I mean, in the kitchen. We are going through old family recipe books and hand-written journals. We consult neighbors and the vendors at the market. And of course, we talk to Signora Mascari when she’s serving […]

Venice Wallpaper

You know it is summer in Venice when …

In mid-July, a very special season starts in Venice when the city is preparing for the Redentore Feast. For some of us this will be the most difficult time of the year. Afa is overwhelming our town – very humid, thick and hot air often emphasized by a light southerly wind, the scirocco, bringing even […]

A Dreamy Summer Day in the Lagoon: Unexpected Burano

Join me for a weekend trip to Burano! It’s early July and we’ll take an early morning boat from Fondamente Nove. From here, depending on the traffic (! yes, traffic! the public boats vaporetti usually queue up in front of the landing stage Murano Faro, it may take up to 15 minutes), we will reach […]

Pomegranate spritz and our Venetian solstice menu

After 5:00 pm, you can feel the sun rays getting flatter and less hot on Solstice Day in Venice. Parts of Riva degli Schiavoni are now tucked into refreshing shade, so it’s a good time to start exploring my favorite area in town. 


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