Ready to see Venice from a COMPLETELY different side? And learn about DELICIOUS, HEALTHY and BEAUTIFYING historical recipes?

Rediscovering 1,600 years of forgotten culinary culture, edible gardens and recipes relegated to library shelves in Venice. Only one fifth of the culinary heritage of Venice is known to a greater public and available at restaurants: We are missing invaluable recipes for delicious food, natural remedies and beauty products made from herbs, blossoms, and spices. In other words, the core competencies and TRUE HERITAGE of Venice, if you will. The online classes of La Venessiana's spice atelier take you on delicious virtual retreats, in which you learn to benefit of Venetian from culinary heritage, while rediscovering the lost world of herbs and spices, so useful in our faced-paced and unsure times.

Benefit from the wisdom of other times. This is the healing kitchen and culinary heritage of Venice.

Ancestral food. Colorful spices. Seasonal blossoms. Refreshing herbs.

  • Ancestral Food

    Since Roman times, Lagoon food consisted of healthy combinations of plant-based ingredients and healing herbs, varying according to the seasons. In our online cooking classes, you learn to understand and harness the power of herbs, and how to easily integrate them into your own cooking and baking.

  • Spice Alchemy

    Learn how to make spices work for health, wellbeing, and beauty, and create inventive, delicious foods and drinks. To work best, spices need to be used in correct amounts and combinations, varied according to the seaons. Simple recipes from the Lagoon will boost your well-being, short and long term.

  • Color Wheel

    Combining plant elixirs, essential oils, freshly picked and dried herbs, blossoms, and colorful spices is the secret of Venetian culinary culture, famous in Europe for more than 1,200 years. Benefit from the Venetian Flavor and Color Framework and its easy recipes for delicious food, natural remedies and beauty products.

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Spring flavors and botanical cuisine

  • €44,00

    €44,00Spring in Venice: Delicious Beauty Recipes from the Lagoon

    Our first online class, filled with delicious recipes for a spring menu from the Lagoon and cakes made from spring blossom syrups. Discover the secrets of foraging herbs in the Lagoon, see our wild garden and spring pantry, and get started with the basics of Venetian cuisine!
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From our Course Participants and Readers

“Have you seen Iris’ site? She is probably the foremost expert on historic Venetian recipes, at least among those who write about it, with us today. I am always so grateful for her posts. Even if I’m scared half to death of cooking with pine syrup ..”

Marjorie Sterne, OG Venice Travel Guide and Agency

“I want to live in your Venice! You describe the city in such rich and loving detail.”

Kathleen González, Author: Seductive Venice Blog, First Spritz is Free

Meet your instructors

Lina Teresa

Member of Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco and founder of three restaurants in Venice. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Lina is a member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, founded by former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1571, when Venice fought the all-decisive battle of Lepanto. She is 97 years old, and opened her first restaurant in Venice in 1945 and hotel in 1968. Lina is deeply interested in Venetian culture, history, garden and culinary heritage. She 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 kitchen and spice atelier! For our website and online courses, Lina provides inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, and very special family stories.

Iris Loredana

Expert in sustainable economics, Venetian culinary history, health at work and aromatherapy. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Iris (Lina's granddaughter) was educated in Venice and Vienna: She studied Greek, Latin and Venessian, the three official languages of the former Serenissima Republic of Venice. She holds degrees in corporate finance / sustainability, health and environmental economics, and language studies and communications. In her thesis, Iris wrote about the urbanization of the Venetian Lagoon. Her special interest lies in aromatherapy, natural health and beauty concepts, and the culinary history of the Republic of Venice. Amongst others, Iris has been responsible for setting up the Health at Work concept at an international banking group. Together with Lina, she started La Venessiana - Venice for Women Magazine in 2011.

How can you benefit from historical Venetian recipes?

Please note: These are culinary, health and beauty food classes aimed at improving wellbeing and health in a natural way. Recipes from these online courses cannot, and should not, replace any prescriptive medication you may have to take. Please consult your doctor when in doubt. Still, changing your style of cooking to using exclusively natural ingredients as we show in the cooking classes, may help you mitigate, or even get rid of, symptoms brought about by chronic illnesses, such as pain or allergies.

  • Enjoy simple and natural dishes enriched with herbs and spices in the right amount and right combinations to mitigate chronic health issues.

  • Bake delicious cakes and cookies from natural ingredients that are actually healthy!

  • Get to know the six basic flavors and colors of which nourishing food consists.

  • Learn Venetian cooking secrets and improve skin and wellbeing, and seaonal issues like allergies.

  • Historical recipes are almost entirely gluten-free. So for all of you who are gluten-sensitive, cooking with herbs, blossoms and spices can add so much quality in life.