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. This is just one story, part of the 38 puzzle stones that make up the true, authentic, forgotten Venice.
You are about to discover the forgotten story of our city, on a mindshifting and astonishing journey, a virtual visit to La Serenissima (and her food!).
When you have finished this online class, you will relate to Venice as VENETIA, capital of a flourishing trading empire, exotic foods and luxury goods. Venice, the premier diplomat nation in Europe, building bridges and fostering innovation. Aren’t these exactly the qualities we need to hone in our times?
La Serenissima ceased to exist in 1797, but know-how on her rich cultural and culinary heritage are key to the survival and meaningful future of the Venice we live in today. In our signature online class VENETIA - VENICE HERITAGE, we tell about LA SERENISSIMA like she has never been mentioned in guide books.
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 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.
- Welcome from Iris and Lina
- How to benefit most from this class
- Venice Workbook and Roadmap
- Getting started: Your Venetian coffee break + recipe
- Thoughtful Venice Survey
- In-Course Bulletin and monthly topics
- Venice and Greece: La Festa di San Marco and a walk around the oldest part of Venice
- Tra sogno e incubo. Dream or nightmare - Venice told by the Venetians
- Venice celebrates a special birthday in 2021!
- Best practice: How Venetians build a framework for the future
- The Invisible City: 20 facts you didn't know about Venice
- Real life: How we tackle tourism in Venice
- Real life: A summer feast in Venice and favorite TV series
- Real life: Animals in Venice and the Lagoon
- Personal portrait of La Serenissima
- Virtual visit to the Venetian State Archive
- The Republic of Venice: History and geography
- The Open City: Explaining diplomacy, Venetian style
- The true story of the Rialto Market and the Merchants of Venice
- Why did the Republic of Venice fail, and what happened afterwards
- If Venice Dies: Modern cities and Venice
- Venessián (Venet), the language of Venice
- "Life in the Seven Seas" model and unearthing the secrets of the Torcello archipelago
- How Venice tackled climate change in the 17th century & useful lessons for our times
- Botanical heritage, spice gardens and herbal sanctuaries in Venice
- The true story of Venetian culinary heritage
- Spice alchemy, aromatherapy and public health concepts developed in Venice
- How books tell Venetian heritage
- Venice Books / 2: Our Heritage Library
- Venice Heritage Video Library
- Where can I find the real Venice? Lina's Personal Venice Guide
- Plan your trip to Venice: Booking Help, Virtual Venice Tours, Travel Planner
- Monthly Venice Event Calendar
- Letter from the past: Doge Leonardo Loredan's guide to Venetia
- Historical recipe: Spice cake of the past (12th century)
- Historical Recipe: Venetian coffee (14th century)
- Wrapping up: How you can help Venice (no money involved)