Beauty, Creativity and Secret Gardens: Understanding and exploring Venice in the 21st century

Four modules + bonus materials and little surprises, leading you through Venetian identity, culture, language, and heritage. Start an astonishing journey, in which you will retrace Venetian heritage and explore how you can benefit, not just for a trip to Venice.

When you go for a walk around Piazza San Marco at night, you can notice the faint light illuminating a second-floor window of the Doge’s Palace. Two candles have been lit here every night, to this day, since the year 1570, to remember the one judicial mistake the Venetian Government made in 1400 years. Why do we recall this incident after almost 450 years?

You are about to discover the forgotten story of our city, on an astonishing journey during this full-immersion virtual and interactive visit to La Serenissima. This is VENETIA, the capital of the longest-lived nation state so far (421-1797), a flourishing trading empire selling spices, exotic foods and luxury goods. Venice, the premier diplomat nation in Europe, building bridges and fostering innovation is a role model in our times.

What you receive

This is a self-paced course, which you can start at any time and work through at your own time, on any device (cellphone, tablet, laptop, etc.)Fresh lessons drop from September 2019 every first week of the month. Direct access and question function. Beautifully designed e-books and worksheets, plus a travel planner!

  • 16 Video Links

  • 3 E-Books (pdf)

  • 1 Travel Planner

  • 5 Bonuses

  • 2 Gifts

  • 2 Checklists

  • 18 Book Links

  • Fresh lesson once a month

Three Bonuses ..

and little gifts throughout the course!

Discover delicious historical recipes, Doge Loredan's Venice Manifesto, and the secret story of Marco Polo and his travels!

Bonus 2a: Doge Loredan's Venice Manifesto

Who could explain Venice better than Doge Leonardo Loredan? His wise words on the long-term role and meaningful future of Venice, written in the year 1505, explain the true role of Venice in Europe and beyond.

Bonus 2b: Lina Teresa Loredan's personal Venice Guide

Grandmother Lina explains her Venice and the wisdom she deducted from her intimate knowledge of the City and the Lagoon.

Little gifts and historical recipes!

A special gift for the students of this online class. Taste Venetian recipes of the 14th century.

Venetia, an exclusive, green, behind-the-scenes, history and lifestyle experience. Lovingly organized by your hosts, a Venetian family whose roots go back to the year 915 AD.

Be our guest and discover the fascinating stories of Venice!


Meet your instructors

Lina  Teresa

Lina Teresa

Member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association. Hotelier, Chef and Teacher. Co-Founder of La Venessiana - Venice Atelier.

Lina has 74 years (!) of experience in the hospitality sector in Venice, as hotelier and owner of three restaurants. She's a founding member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, consisting of former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, and of external guests. She is 96 years old, and deeply interested in Venetian culture, history, garden and culinary heritage. Lina is the guardian of the former library at the monastery San Zaccaria in Venice, and has curated the monastery's rambling terraced and courtyard gardens since 1968. For our website and online courses, Lina provides inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, family stories, and books from the library telling the forgotten stories of Venice.
Iris   Loredana

Iris Loredana

Expert in Venetian history, garden and culinary culture, sustainability and corporate finance. Co-Founder of La Venessiana - Venice Atelier.

Iris is Lina's granddaughter and graduated in corporate finance, sustainability, economic history, sociology, and languages / intercultural communication. She wrote her theses on "Ecology and Urbanization of the Lagoon of Venice", and "Controlling, Business Trends and Crisis Management". Iris has been head of International Desks and corporate sustainability at an international banking group for 15 years. Together with Lina, she started La Venessiana - The Fragrant World of Venice Atelier in 2015, dedicated to creating resources for responsible tourists, and supporting social businesses and environmental initiatives in Venice and the Lagoon.

Check out all the content

This is a class for first-time visitors and frequent travelers to Venice: Roadmap + 4 Modules + Venice Guide + Bonuses.

  • 1

    Introduction: Exploring Venice

    • Welcome from Iris and Lina
    • Venetia or Venezia? The Venice Glossary
    • The Roadmap to Venice
    • Creative Break: Making coffee, Venetian style
    • Marco Polo's Legacy
    • Contemporary Venice: Venice after 1945 - Dream or Nightmare?
    • Reader survey
  • 2

    The Unknown History of Venice

    • Greek Venice and La Festa di San Marco
    • Venice celebrates a special birthday in 2021!
    • The Invisible City: 20 facts you didn't know about Venice
    • Torcello and the Seven Seas
    • Marco Polo's Stone: A summer feast in Venice
    • Venice and Ships. La Regata Storica
    • Why did the Republic of Venice fail
  • 3

    Heritage + Culture + Art

    • Introduction
    • Venetian State Archive: Virtual Visit
    • Venetia, the Global Business Hub
    • Diplomacy, Venetian style
    • Rialto and the Merchants of Venice
    • Venessián, the language of Venice
    • The Arts and Crafts of Venice
  • 4

    Lagoon + Garden Heritage

    • Ice Age and Tropical Gardens
    • Botanical heritage
    • Does climate change impact the Lagoon?
    • How does the Lagoon work?
    • The Ammiana Archipelago
    • The Venetian Rose
    • The Scent of Giardino Eden
  • 5

    Food and Wine Culture

    • Venetian culinary heritage
    • Ancestral food of the Lagoon
    • Spice alchemy and the spice masters of Venice
    • Frittelles, sweet breads and torta greca
    • Bistrot de Venise: Tasting historical cuisine and wine
    • Historical Recipe: Venetian coffee (14th century)
    • Historical recipe: Spice cake of the past (12th century)
  • 6

    Venetian Heritage Guides

    • Dream of Venice in Black and White
    • Books on Venetian heritage
    • Lina's Personal Venice Guide
    • Letters from the past: Doge Leonardo Loredan and his Venice
    • Venice Travel Planner
    • Monthly Venice Event Calendar

By Enrolling in this Class, you Support Social Initiatives in Venice

A portion of proceeds from this course goes to Dingo, a local association taking care of homeless cats in Venice and the Lagoon. Did you know that Venetian cats originally come from Egypt? In the Middle Ages, the Merchants of Venice brought them to the Greek islands, and from there, to Venice.