For more than 1500 years, Venice was a merchant hub, where spices arrived from the Levant and spice mixtures were created and sold all over Europe: The art of using herbs and spices to create wellness + beauty products, natural remedies and delicious food was developed in Venice! These natural recipes come in useful in our times of surplus and negligence. Discover the art of ancient apothecaries and spice masters, and elevate your health, beauty and food in a natural way.
In our online classes, we share the ORIGINAL Venetian recipes between the 9th and 18th century: Learn how to use herbs and spices to reach immediate well-being and long-term health. And explore Venice along the way!
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Venetia: Heritage and Culture of La Serenissima Republic of Venice
SIGNATURE CLASS: When spices were growing in Venice: Complete 3-step roadmap to explore the city in 2020-25, interactive with videos, garden guides, historical recipes and spice stories. Travel back in time to learn for the future.
A Fragrant Pharmacy: The Healing Gardens of Venice
Wisdom from the healing gardens of Venice from which you can benefit to live well and healthy. Includes aromatherapy and healing food, introducing the forgotten recipes of Venetian monastery and spice gardens. ONLINE FROM 25 MARCH 2020.
Profumi di Venezia: Fragrances and Natural Beauty from Venice
A map of Venetian perfumery and adventurous voyage along the spice road: Rediscovering the forgotten fragrances of Venice, and learning how to make natural beauty products based on aromatherapy, Venetian style. OPENS ON 25 APRIL 2020.
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Approximately 55,000 Venetians live in the historic center. Their numbers are down from 150,000 two centuries ago but this core of residents holds a deep love for their home, not least the writer, slow food expert and Venetian Iris Loredan. Iris and her grandmother are passionate to show people that there's much, much more to Venice than just St Mark's, beautiful though it is. So they write about the hidden, private side of Venice. From courtyard gardens to secet orchards, medicinal botany to vegetable patches. Most lie behind anonymus, vertiginous, red brick walls, totally unknown to passers-by or their guidebooks, and astonishingly gardens cover almost half the surface area of the city. Often the only clue you'll have to being near a secret sanctuary is a waft of heavy vanilla, Jasmine or lemon balm as you pass by. And most of the time you're probably no more than just a few feet away from an old vineyard, an ageing convent garden or, as Iris puts it, the second Venice, known only to residents. If you're lucky she'll take you there through her writing or in person. And if we're lucky Venice, her history and her gardens will survive in the safe hands of Venetians like Iris and her grandmother Lina.