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Nonna Lina's culinary secrets: Learn to make Venetian spice dishes in your own kitchen

 

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A Garden in Venice


Five minutes from Piazza San Marco, a small group of houses overlooking Campo San Zaccaria hold a special secret: It's the oldest garden in Venice, which in the beginning was also the largest one in the Lagoon city. Since 1968, the garden has been taken care of by a special Venetian grandmother, who also founded three restaurants in Venice. Come inside and discover this special paradise garden!

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The Rialto Market

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Nonna's festive kitchen

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Healthy comfort food

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Taste the autumn treats

Thanksgiving in Venice

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What we cook

Meet Nonna Lina

Nonna Lina is 98 years old, and founded 3 restaurants and a hotel in Venice. She's the guardian of the hanging gardens and library of the former monastery San Zaccaria.

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The Spice Atelier

La Spezeria takes up the 1600 year-old traditions of Venetian spice masters. For the time being, you can download special spice recipes and weekly treats.

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Online classes

In our culinary academy Essenze di Venezia, you'll discover short and longer classes on contemporary and historical food from Venice.

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Exceptional Venetian experiences, sustainable and life-enriching. JoAnn Locktov - Dream of Venice


Exceptional Venetian experiences, sustainable and life-enriching. JoAnn Locktov - Dream of Venice


Exceptional Venetian experiences, sustainable and life-enriching. JoAnn Locktov - Dream of Venice


Exceptional Venetian experiences, sustainable and life-enriching. JoAnn Locktov - Dream of Venice


Exceptional Venetian experiences, sustainable and life-enriching. JoAnn Locktov - Dream of Venice

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The Spices of La Serenissima

Rediscovering the authentic culinary heritage of Venice

There's no other city that coined European cuisine more than Venice: For more than 1600 years, our city was the spice hub, importing spices from Levantine countries, creating unique spice mixtures and reselling them all-over Europe. And even in Venice and the Lagoon, Venetian botanical gardens abounded, created to grow exotic herbs and spices in the Lagoon.

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Stories and recipes

Dahlia dreams

The dahlias you can see in the corner of Nonna Lina's kitchen aren't there for decoration. Much as Lina loves the flowers, they are used to garnish dishes, enhance home-made...

Porta del Paradiso: The house on Torcello

August in the Lagoon is always dedicated to Torcello, an island in the northern Lagoon (Laguna superiore), but this year even more so ..  When you arrived on Torcello, you could take a...

Ferragosto - Summer Garden Menu

This year, I'm going to share Nonna Lina's Ferragosto menu - a traditional one, but which comes with an ad-hoc twist every year.  A couple of ingredients may not be...

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Visit the Garden

Discover what the oldest garden in Venice looks like today

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The Rialto Market

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