Cultural essays & personal stories in Venice

Venetian history, life, culture, and travel experiences more in-depth

Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan (1501) by Giovanni Bellini (Photo Public Domain)

The Dukes of Venice


Why are there so many lions around Venice, and did they really steal the corpse of St. Mark?


How to build a gondola


The changing face of Venice amid the acque alte (21 November 1999)


A surprising number of words in Venetian dialect have entered the English language


Who's crazy idea was it to build a city in a lagoon anyway? (A brief history of Venice)


A shore primer on the history of Venice


All the best there is to eat (and drink) in Venice