PONTE DELLE TETTE (BRIDGE OF the Tits) is one of the hundreds of small bridges that cross the waterways of Venice, but this particular span is unique for its connection with sex work. At the time of the Republic of Venice, sex work was very common, with more than 10,000 women supposedly engaged in the trade in the city. In an effort to contain this...

I love Venice. For me it’s one of the most enchanting cities in the world, a uniquely beautiful place that never ceases to mesmerize regardless of the season or time of day. Through its art and architecture, it flaunts its immense wealth, most accumulated by the Venetian Republic so many centuries ago. It’s a city of beautiful light that envelops i...

You may not know it, but you have almost certain spoken Venetian over the past few months. Any discussion of the current world health crisis inevitably circles around to “quarantine”, which is derived from the Venetian term quarantena, or “forty days”.  Quarantena was once used to refer to the 40-day period in which ships and their crew were requir...

In mano, non fosse per il suo color rosso intenso, avrebbe le sembianze di un'albicocca. Si tratta però di una ciliegia, non a caso la più grande del mondo. L'hanno raccolta, nella loro azienda di via Trieste a Paese, i fratelli Sebastiano e Selene Zanoni. 25 anni lui, 22 lei. Da circa 5 anni hanno in mano i campi di terra che furono del nonno Gius...

Giacomo Casanova. We all know who he has been, we all are well aware of the meaning of “Casanova” nowadays. I’m also pretty sure that we met at least one of them during our life and that we have been enchanted. But who was the real Giacomo Casanova? He was an Italian adventurer and author, a poet and a witness of the most authentic sources of the c...

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, MANY monks manually copied ancient books so they could be passed on to future generations. The invention of the printing press made this work largely obsolete, but thousands of old books remained stored in monasteries. You can find many of those volumes in the library of the Praglia Abbey, an almost 1,000-year-old monastery...

Isola Santa Cristina, a private island in the north of the Venetian lagoon, will welcome 14 first responders from hospitals in Bergamo for a free five-night stay before the island opens up to tourism.  Owners René and Sandra Deutsch, members of the Swarovksi family, have offered their island and covered the costs of food and lodging, while Allison...

I’ziae Frazier spent the hours before her American high school graduation Saturday with friends and 100 strangers in an Italian plaza protesting racism and police brutality in her home country. “Honestly, I feel the pain of all of my ancestors, all of them,” said Frazier, who’ll be attending Howard University in the fall. She said it was devastatin...

DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, THE cities of Northern Italy were in a state of constant competition to control as much territory as they could. This was especially true during the wars of the communes of the 13th century, and city walls were erected to protect numerous towns during this period. Though many of those walls have crumbled, the walls around hi...

Tucked into a little dead-end that you might otherwise pass right by is one of my favorite hidden wonders in La Serenissima. The spiral staircase of Venice is officially known as La Scala Contarini del Bovolo. In Venetian “bovolo” means snail shell, which is usually known as a “chiocchiola” in Italian. The pretty stairs do indeed give the impressio...