2015-02-28

DREAM OF VENICE, THE GUIDEBOOK TO TAKING IN THE FLOATING CITY WITH ALL SENSES

2015-02-28
Venice wrapped in the colors of the rainbow - changing constantly, according to season, time of the day, clouds, sunshine, cold or warm weather. When you grow up in such an environment, you get quite accustomed to beauty, but still look for it in every book on Venice you set your eyes on. More often than not, it's disappointment ... Now imagine what happened when I showed the new book "Dream of Venice" around...
2015-01-31

BLACKBIRD DAYS: LEARN HOW TO DISTINGUISH THE COLORS OF DEEP WINTER IN VENICE

2015-01-31
Ponte Storto - Sant'Aponal
Le giornate della merla - blackbird days: First article in the series "Mermaid Colors in Venice". This year, I would like to introduce you to the unique Venetian color wheel, as I call the myriad of colors, giving examples of what they look like in the lagoon, and how artists make/made use of that source of creativity.
2015-01-24

LAVAGNA DEI DESIDERI: A WISHLIST FOR VENICE

2015-01-24
In this blog, in addition to presenting gardens and news on gardening in Venice, we also cover topics that are dear and/or important to Venetians - regarding the history, traditions, nature, living and environmental issues of Venice and the Lagoon. After a rather difficult and thoughtful year 2014, quite a few issues have emerged that need solutions.
2015-01-22

UN GIARDINO TORNA ALLA CITTÀ: SAVING A VENETIAN GARDEN JEWEL

2015-01-22
The Giardinetti Reali seen from the Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore
A rather sizable garden, part of Piazza San Marco - easily within reach on a drawbridge spanning a narrow canal? The Giardinetti Reali were laid out in 1811 under French rule, after the wheat storage buildings of the Republic of Venice had been torn down. They hadn't been touched since then.
2015-01-17

YELLOW FAKE WISTERIA ADORNING GARDENS IN WINTERY VENICE

2015-01-17
Come se l'autunno fosse arrivato in gennaio - as if autumn had arrived in January in Venice. A few days ago, I took a walk around Teatro La Fenice, and in the enchanted garden opening up on Rio della Verona. This secret garden hosts an ancient wisteria blooming heavenly in spring.
2015-01-10

SCANNO DELLA PISOTTA: SHARING ANCIENT KNOW-HOW OF THE REPUBLIC OF VENICE

2015-01-10
Bassa Marea - Low Tide in Venice
It's not often that you get to see in Venice a picture like the one above - algae carpeting the low-lying steps that a hundred years ago, were the level from which people boarded boats ... Back then, the water line was lower, and today, these stairs are just exposed with low tide - bassa marea.
2015-01-04

HOW THE NATIVITY SCENES IN VENICE REFLECT EVERYDAY LIFE IN TOWN

2015-01-04
Nativity Scene at the church of Santa Maria del Giglio (Santa Maria Zobeningo). You can see how it is partly covered with a cloth, to be taken off only on Christmas Eve
They tell about life, reality and dreams ... and take Venetians back to their roots ... that's the special meaning behind Nativity Scenes that you see in the Venetian homes and churches, practically everywhere ... even in pastry stores.
2014-12-24

LA VIGILIA DI NATALE: CHRISTMAS EVE AT HOME IN VENICE

2014-12-24
I have chosen this picture of a Venetian window framed in with fir twigs above bcause it captures the essence of what Christmas can also look like in Venice: How families decorate homes and facades.
2014-12-16

CHRISTMAS GARDENING IN VENICE

2014-12-16
Giardini Reali impressions on a sunny December morning
In Venice these days, "Christmas gardening" is part of our days. Our creations are in stark contrast to the late autumn landscape of gardens you can see in town these days. 
2014-11-18

GLOSSARIO DELLA FESTA DELLA SALUTE - A GLOSSARY TO CELEBRATING 21 NOVEMBER WITH THE VENETIANS

2014-11-18
On 21 November 2014, Venice will be celebrating, for the 384th time, its Festa della Salute. This is probably the best loved celebration by Venetians, ushering in winter and Christmas time.
2014-10-03

COMING HOME TO POVEGLIA, AND CREATE A GARDEN ON A DESERTED LAGOON ISLAND

2014-10-03
Venetians have finally disembarked .. Foto by Poveglia per tutti
Una giornata di pulizia, di festa, di riappropriazione. E di poesia: A day of cleaning, celebrating, of re-appropriating ... and of poetry, which got even dedicated a site of its own: Poveglia per Tutti