Reviews and Comments

Wondering whether a class with La Venessiana is for you? Almost 200 students have taken courses in the academy. Here are their experiences and thoughts about our work, online classes and Venice magazine! Grazie di cuore to all of you for your kind mentions and comments, and for supporting this project of PRESENTING VENICE DIFFERENTLY!

My wife and I spent a week in Venice in mid-September for our 20th wedding anniversary after doing a day trip from Florence last year. Fell in live with the place. As a photographer and an inveterate explorer of places I just wish I had known of your very informative website before we went. NIC SKERTEN
Absolutely loved this article. I’m a Geographer, I’m passionate about maps, rivers, mountains. For me the Venetian Lagoon is a huge, magical environment, inspiration to Hemingway, but also, more importantly a place of secure anchorage (Veneti, Romans) since pre-roman times. A delicate ecological balance between ocean and river, between human intervention and natural processes. It is possible to say that without the lagoon Venice could not have become the supreme maritime nation of the Eastern Mediterranean. An independent republic for 1000 years. Amazing! Brilliant work – many, many thanks! JANET SIMMONDS
Marvelous post and I just love that mood board! Those colors are so gorgeous, muted yet so striking at the same time. And the squash lasagna!!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Lovely, lovely post, Iris VANESSA - FOOD IN BOOKS
Discovered your blog today and just want to say how well written, informative and delightful it is. Have spent hours reading your every post. Took notes on your blog on Castello. When can we expect the next part? Will be staying in Castello in 1 month. Have noted down the restaurants, bars, bakeries, specialities, etc. And plan to try them all. Just wanted to say a huge thank you. Lina sounds marvellous, by the way... JANET CLOKE
I cannot wait to try your squash soup recipe!!! it sounds delicious!!! TIFFANY N. PETERS
This has given me even more inspiration for my trip to Venezia! Wonderful article and I love the helpful hints about what groceries to buy, where to shop and what to cook. Wonderful post, Iris. VANESSA BAKA - FOOD IN BOOKS
There is so much in this section that I had never known. The story of Venice is fascinating and so much more complex than I had once thought. KRIS BEAN
This was a great article. I had no idea Amalfi was a small nation state. Thank you for sharing the great photos too. MIDGE GUERRERA
As usual, you bring Venice alive for my senses, even from seas away. I can almost imagine how delicious Risi e Bisi must be with the freshest of produce! ARUNDHATI BASU
What a wonderful section! You describe perfectly not just the unique culinary traditions of Venezia, but you also talk about the connections between good-quality food and health, as well as beauty. Now I am craving risi e bisi! VANESSA BAKA
For me, La Venessiana has always stood out from other websites because of its very personal insights and real beauty – it is so beautiful! - reflecting the personality of your incomparable city. It is a tribute to you that you began it, created it, and now with Lina, offer the Venice Heritage Course. It is filled with information I never knew, and is a joy for me. JANET RANT
Thank you for your truly beautiful work! It’s not just that this recent recipe has got me curious about the preparation of fried elderflowers, so many have inspired me to explore more of the history, cuisine and agriculture of Venice. OG Venice truly appreciates your work! MARJORIE STERNE - OG VENICE TRAVEL GUIDE
Thank you!! I was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2017, and I miss Venice terribly. Your site is a wonderful way to travel back. I lived right off of San Stefano and can’t believe how I missed this restaurant! Really enjoyed your book!! KATHERINE YUNG
La Venessiana has created an exceptional Venetian experience. Her new VENETIA Heritage and Culture Class is filled with intimate knowledge about the culture, language & identity of Venice. It is a brilliant solution that is both sustainable and life enriching. JOANN LOCKTOV, DREAM OF VENICE
Venice is a spectacular place. Most beautiful city in the world! Love your site!! Next life I am coming back as a Venetian! JOAN HARRISON
I loved this section. The herbs used to match the seasons makes such good sense. So delicious! MIDGE GUERRERA
I have followed you for some time now and do so agree that Venice has much more to offer than the main attractions. we have been to this wonderful place several times in the past, bringing our grown up children to share our love of the city, but now we are here for the whole of October and every day we discover hidden gems. we are staying in cannaregio and, although we have explored farther afield, it’s so nice to get to know one area much better, heading off in different directions each time, always coming across something interesting. you need to use your eyes of course, looking for the small details and looking up. we feel so lucky to have the time to get to know your glorious home just a little better. I look forward to hearing more about your new online classes! JACKIE JENNINGS
I want to live in your Venice! You describe the city in such rich and loving detail. Such wonderful information about a Venice we usually don’t see! Thank you for lending me your eyes and your knowledge. KATHLEEN GONZALEZ, SEDUCTIVE VENICE
“We can do it if we try!” Is a Positive Attitude to have. Thanks for this enlightening bit of history, the true story of Venice and Dalmatia, and La Festa della Sensa, it gives more meaning to the City that I love. Mille grazie! ROBERT LEVRINI
Thank you for educating me on your fascinating history. Goes to prove that trade links must be nutured & maintained. Your beautiful city is an example to us all! MIKE RAINES
What a lovely section, Iris! First of all, wisteria gets me with its name just like willows. Secondly, I love the way the Venetians use spring blossoms in every way possible before they wither away and thirdly, the painting that inspired you to start La Venessiana is exquisite! ARUNDHATI BASU
Thank you for this thoughtful look at the changes, improvements and disappointments that Venice has experienced in the last year. Your wish list is vitally important because it is based on the concept of inclusivity. I am greatly honored that you’ve included our Dream of Venice community, grazie di cuore! JOANN LOCKTOV - DREAM OF VENICE
I totally agree with your tips for first-time visitors to Venice. I was blessed with an opportunity to visit Venice in March 2014. As you suggest, I did my research months in advance. My three week stay to absorb as much as I could with my all senses included a 90 minute voga instruction where I was directed out onto the Grand Canal; witnessing three operas, two in a palazzo (Musica a Palazzo); renting a bike on the Lido the first day of Spring and peddling to Malamocco; and only had 2 days of rain (while I was indoors in one palazzo or chiesa or other daydreaming)! And, a thousand and one other magical moments. Your website has re-excited those senses! Grazie mille! ROBERT HYACINTH