Of coffee and spices, and the healthy core of our green city.

Venice, a historical city where people live and work. 2020 is dedicated to rediscovering the beautiful, creative and green Venice!

When our grandmother Lina opened her hotel in Venice in September 1968, she took a lot of time to explain Venice to her guests. She told them about our neighborhood (San Zaccaria and Greek Venice), hidden gardens and a favorite campo where Marco Polo's family lived and worked. This is the kind of hospitality we envision for all guests of Venice, so we invite you to join us virtually! 

VENETIA is our three-step roadmap to Venice with the relevant resources to prepare your visit 2020-2025: It is based on Lina's exclusive tips and 185 books by Venetian authors, written between 1250 and 2019. Time to share a surprising Venice for you to discover, told from the Venetian point of view!

VENETIA takes about 4-5 hours to complete. You will walk away with surprising insights about the city, her heritage, gardens and food, and the relevant resources for your visit 2020-2025!

Download the syllabus here

Be our guest and join us in VENETIA!

Four modules packed with untold stories, guides, and gifts!

Module One: The unknown history

Venice will be celebrating her 1600th birthday in 2021! So why not get ready and learn about Venice from the Venetian perspective? We start with taking you to our own neighborhood, which is San Zaccaria, first settled in the 4th century. Discover 20 unknown and surprising facts about Venice, which will completely change the way you view Venice! We'll then take you virtually to San Lorenzo, Marco Polo's neighborhood, and we'll cover the dark chapter in Venetian history, why the Republic ceased to exist and what her true legacy is.

6 lessons + 1 ebook + videos

Module Two: Heritage, Art, Culture

More than 900,000 books are written in Venet (just imagine, how much we DON'T know about Venice!), and we'll now virtually take you to their homes, the San Francesco della Vigna Library and the Venetian State Archive, where many of the books we're using in this online class come from. Next, we step into the merchants' realm, and you will discover how decisively the merchants of Venice shaped art and culture and how Venetian artisans learned their crafts in the Levant (Byzantium, Alexandria, Beirut, Damascus, ...). We'll then explore the true story of the Rialto Market (NOT the fish market!)

6 lessons + 1 ebook + videos

Module Three: Spice Gardens and the Lagoon

What does it take to grow gardens on salty marshlands and islands? How did the Venetian engineers of the past succeed in preserving the Lagoon and prevent the city from drowing in the sea? Discover the "The Seven Seas" as we travel virtually to the Ammiana and Santa Cristina archipelago, where you will see the four types of gardens in Venice and the Lagoon. And we'll lift the secret of the spice gardens!

6 lessons + 1 ebook + videos

Module Four: Food and Wine

The Venetian State Archive houses our HERITAGE: more than 43 miles (70 km) of shelves, filled with books written between 516 AD and 1797! They are waiting to tell us the true story of Venice, as less than four percent of these books have been explored so far! Amongst them are recipe books (!!) covering medical and beauty food. Wouldn't that be useful knowledge for our times? Just think of the Venetian spice mixtures famous in Europe for 1,200 years, which went into food, beauty products and natural remedies. After exploring the world of spices, we'll take you out into the Lagoon to see the vineyards! We'll share tips for you to taste historical dishes and wine in Venice, and you receive easy recipes to try at home :-)

6 lessons + 1 ebook + videos

What's in the VENETIA Roadmap

Start and work through the content at your own time, on any device (cellphone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Beautifully designed e-books and worksheets, a travel planner and bonuses. Exclusive learning environment (a virtual Venetian garden cafe!).

  • 16 Video Links

  • 5 E-Books (pdf)

  • 1 Travel Planner

  • 3 Bonuses

  • 2 Gifts

  • Venice workbook

  • travel planner

  • exclusive learning environment


Lina's guide + historical recipes + mini language class + travel planner

Mini Venet Class, our personal Venice guide which you can download and consult during your visit, and a travel planner for you to print and bring to Venice!

Meet your instructors

Lina Teresa

Member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association. Co-Founder of La Spezeria Atelier.

Lina is a proud member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, founded by former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1571, the year when Venice fought the all-decisive battle of Lepanto. She is 97 years old, and deeply interested in Venetian culture, history, garden and culinary heritage. Lina is the guardian of the former library of the San Zaccaria monastery in Venice, and has curated its gardens since 1968. This garden, and Lina's kitchen is the home of our spice atelier! For our website and online courses, Lina provides inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, and the stories of her family, who have been living in Venice since the year 915 AD.

Iris Loredana

Expert in Venetian history and sustainability. Co-Founder of La Spezeria Atelier.

Iris is Lina's granddaughter and studied in Venice and Vienna. To be able to do research and read the original texts, she studied Greek, Latin and Venessian, the official languages of the former Serenissima Republic of Venice. She holds a degree in corporate finance / sustainability and environmental economics, and another in modern and ancient languages and linguistics. In her thesis, Iris covered the"Ecology and Urbanization of the Lagoon of Venice". Iris has been head of International Desks and corporate sustainability at an international banking group for 15 years. Together with Lina, she started La Spezeria - The Fragrant World of Venice Atelier in 2011.


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

    • Roadmap 2020: Exploring Venice in 3 steps

    • Course book and syllabus

    • Virtual Venetian cafe

    • Venice in 2019: Dream or nightmare?

    • Beyond the legend: The true origins of Venice

    • Marco Polo's legacy

  • 2

    The Untold History

    • BEAUTIFUL VENICE: A city unveils her secrets

    • Venice celebrates a special birthday in 2021!

    • La Festa di San Marco - Saint Mark's Day

    • 20 facts you didn't know about Venice

    • Venice and the big ships: Arsenale and Museo Navale

    • Why did the Republic of Venice fail

  • 3

    Heritage and Culture

    • CREATIVE Venice: Marco Polo's neighborhood

    • Virtual visit: State Archive, San Giorgio Maggiore, San Francesco della Vigna, La Marciana

    • The Ambassadors of Venice: Constantinople

    • The true story of the Rialto market

    • La łéngoa vèneta: Venessian, the language of Venice

    • Celebrating Venetian: The five official feasts of the Republic

  • 4

    Food and Wine

    • Culinary culture and tasting historical food and wine

    • Le sette isole di San Francesco: Wine country in Venice and the Lagoon

    • Visit to Drogheria Mascari + spice glossary

    • Venetian coffeehouse culture and Caffé Florian

    • Historical recipe: Venetian coffee (14th century)

    • Historical recipe: Creamy spice cake (12th century)

  • 5

    Gardens and Lagoon

    • GREEN VENICE: Paradise gardens

    • The Lagoon of Venice for beginners

    • Acqua alta and rising sea levels in the Lagoon

    • The rebirth of the Ammiana archipelago

    • Botanical heritage and palace gardens in Venice

    • The spice gardens of Venice

  • 6

    Visit Venice in 2020

    • VENETIA in Dream of Venice in Black and White

    • Virtual visit to the Doge's Palace

    • Marco Polo's Stone: Summer solstice on Campo della Bragora

    • Four Venice guides for responsible visitors

    • Your take-aways from this class

Why is 2020 so important for Venice?

Venice will be officially 1600 years old in 2021! While the city is getting ready to celebrate, we take up positive trends for the future but also cover the risks that come with overtourism. The way you visit Venice changed during the past twenty years. This is why we are sharing three paths and topics for responsible visitors to explore in the years 2020-25!