• Manet and Titian at the Ducal Palace

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 1 Comment

    I have just discovered a fantastic opportunity for art lovers in Venice! The Doges’ Palace has an exhibit of the paintings of Edouard Manet that will be on while we are visiting the city with Imagining Venice. I have linked a blog to our blogroll that shows Manet’s painting Olympia side-by-side with the inspiration for...

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    Venetian Food

    by  • May 1, 2013 • 1 Comment

    The biggest association most people commonly make when they think of Italy is delicious food. Lasagna, spaghetti, pesto and fettuccine are widely known as Italian food. What a lot of people do not know, however, is that food in Italy differs from region to region. The Tuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity while the Bologna region is know for its delicious, rich lasagne or tortellini. One of the most interesting regional cuisines in Italy is that of Venice. Most of the typical Venetian seasonings found in the cuisine are butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, vinegar, kren, senape, mostarda, and salsa verde. The Venetian cuisine itself is divided into three different categories, depending on geography.  Each one has its own many different local cuisines.


    Coastal areas: The coastal areas mainly serve seafood dishes.


    Plains: In the plains, grilled meat is mainly served, usually mixed with polenta, potatoes or vegetables. Risotto, which is a rice dish cooked with everything from pumpkin to seafood or meat, is also very popular. Bigoli, fettuccine, ravioli, and totelli are hand-made pasta dishes that are commonly eaten.


    Mountain areas: The mountain areas mainly serve dishes made of pork or game meat with polenta, mushrooms, or cheese. There is also some Austrian or Tyrolese influences such as canederli or strudel. 


    According to walksofitaly.com, some of the foods you must during your time in Venice include Sardee in saor which features sweet and sour sardines with onions, pine nuts and raisins. Another is Pasta e fasioi which is just pasta and beans.

    Sardee in saor:

    All in all, Italian food in general is delicious but take advantage of the fact that we are visiting Venice and the variety of delicious meals found there.


    Works Cited

    “The Best Foods of Venice and the Veneto.” Walks of Italy The Travel Blog. Walks of Italy, 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2013.

    “Venice Recipes and Curiosities from the Venetian Cuisine.” Venice Recipes and Curiosities from the Venetian Cuisine. Venice Explorer, 18 June 2010. Web. 01 May 2013.


    Venetian Artillery and Ship Building

    by  • May 1, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Being that Venice is a lagoon surrounded by water the Venetian people were quick to find a way to protect themselves against enemy invasions. They quickly became the strongest naval force in the region as well as the most skilled. Because they were so skilled in navigating the waters this allowed them to become...

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    Across the River and Into the Trees

    by  • April 21, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Venice is known as many things. Some say it is a militant city. Some say it is decadent. Some say it is dying. In Across the River and Into the Trees, the city of Venice is a symbol for immortality, which is something Colonel Cantwell, the book’s main character, searches for throughout the entire...

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    The Aspern Papers

    by  • April 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Venice in The Aspern Papers Venice, Italy. A city known for its extravagant art and culture, has been written about and placed in hundreds if not thousands of publications for hundreds of years. In the Aspern Papers, written by Henry James, we find a story set in Venice of an American biographer who is...

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