The Holy Trinity of Travel

Rome, Florence, Venice – the iconic itinerary for a trip to Italy. Almost every tour operator suggests one or more of these cities as part of the Grand Tour of European travel.  Rome, the historical godhead. Florence the inspirational daughter and Venice the spiritual muse. Each is distinct; together they are divine. The mysticism and majesty of Rome is …

What Happens in Venice Stays in Venice?

You might think I’m talking about the pursuits of the masqued Venetian party-goers of Carnevale but what I’m referring to is indulging my uncontrollable desire for Venetian pastries. Frittelle,  zaletti (Venetian cornmeal diamonds) tiramisu and decadent tortas, where does it end? If you happen to be in Venice, never; Venice a city where sugar seems to be in the …

Descended from the Doge

According to my cousin Mirna, the Trevisan side of our family was actually related to a 16th century Venetian Doge (pronounced do jay.) Doge, as in the chief magistrate and leader of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, City of Light whose noble families ruled Venice for over a thousand years. …