• Seppia Smiles

    by  • May 22, 2013 • 2 Comments

    Leah and Chloe were among our more adventurous students who chose to try the Venetian specialties of spaghetti and risotto “nero di seppia,” i.e., cooked in cuttlefish ink. The general consensus among the students seemed to be that the dish tasted great but that eating black-colored food is a little psychologically disturbing.

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    Venice: Beautiful in Any Light

    by  • May 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    First Impressions My senses are completely overwhelmed. Venice is so beautiful that I cannot stop gushing about it to my peers. The light here is not like any I have seen before. It is dazzling and makes the bright colors of the buildings, the architecture, and the statuary even more inspiring. The decay, evident...

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    Welcome to Venice!

    by  • May 20, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Here are our students in Campo Sananzelo, just a few feet from our palazzo! They have just dropped off their bags and are headed out for their first immersive experience in Italy … buying groceries as the local supermercato. It was a good chance for them to practice reading and speaking Italian, learning the...

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    What We Won’t See in Venice….

    by  • May 16, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Last week Venice finally removed the controversial “Boy with Frog” statue by Charles Ray that had been standing on the Punta della Dogana since 2009. The city will be replacing it with a replica of the lamppost that used to stand there. This is the photo I took of the statue on our last...

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    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.