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.

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

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.

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.