Isola del Lazzaretto Nuovo: Quarantine Island of the Venetian Lagoon

June 23, 2015 | Posted in HISTORIC PLACES | By

View from atop the perimeter wall on Lazzaretto Nuovo.

Are you a traveler who likes to explore unusual and offtrack places while on vacation? Planning a trip to Venice in the future? Then one place I recommend visiting while staying in Venice is the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo…

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Torcello – The First Venice

June 10, 2015 | Posted in HISTORIC PLACES | By


One of my absolute favorite places to visit while in Venice, Italy is the quiet, rural island of Torcello. Many tourists bypass Torcello or perhaps only spend an hour or so there, instead focusing on nearby Murano and Burano in the northern Venetian lagoon…

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The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice by Laurel Corona

July 26, 2014 | Posted in HISTORICAL | By

The Four Seasons by Laurel Corona

A moving work of historical fiction blending music, love and life in 18th century Italy Book summary: Two young sisters—one three years old, one just born—are abandoned to the Ospedale della Pietà in 18th century Venice by their courtesan mother

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“The Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich

July 7, 2014 | Posted in HISTORICAL | By

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich.

Hannah Levi is known to be one of the most talented midwives in late 16th century Venice. She is also Jewish, and by law that means she is forbidden from attending to Christian mothers, no matter how great their needs for her talents. However…

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