Archive for September, 2015

~venice: san michele~

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

A vaporetto trip to Isola di San Michele, an island cemetery with rows of Cypress and a marble church designed in 1469. Lots of photographs I’ll let speak for themselves.

~venice night views~

Friday, September 25th, 2015

~venice: associazione arzanà~

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It took three trips to the Associazione Arzanà before we managed entrance, and it was worth it. Paolo Peretti–whose great grandfather established the site (if I understood correctly the Italian he spoke to Alfonso)–showed us fanali (lanterns), forcole (oar rests), and an 1880s gondola tucked in a space where gondolas were built and repaired from […]

~venice walk quattro~

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Alfonso’s new walking shoes (eel!) and the mom and pop shop where they were purchased.

~venice: libreria acqua alta~

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Venice is a literary city–even the city’s lion mascot seems in on it–so a bookshop was a natural diversion. Libreria Acqua Alta (High Water Library) does sometime flood, and thus has books stacked in gondolas, canoes, bathtubs. The shamefully flirtatious proprietor, Luigi “if a woman is a flower you are a bouquet” Frizzo, is tamed […]

~venice walk tre~

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

~venice: ercole d’oro apothecary~

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

The Spezieria all’Ercole d’Oro (Golden Hercules Apothecary) was built by Giovanni Girolamo Zanichelli in the 18th century. At the time, Venice was lauded for its cure-all, Theriaca d’Andromaco (Venice Treacle), which was house made from sixty-four ingredients held in the Maiolica urns of the cities many apothecaries. In addition to roots, leaves, oils and minerals–such […]

~venice walk due~

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

~venice: casino venier~

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Cicchetti breakfast at our old haunt L’Arco was followed by a search for the Casino Venier. By the 1700s Venice had more than a hundred such establishments, made for gambling, flirting and dalliances. The one we sought was built in 1750 by the prosecutor Venier but used by his wife, Elena Priuli, who, one presumes, […]

~venice walk uno~

Monday, September 21st, 2015
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