Venetian treasures passed down through generations

It used to be the most colorful cuisine of Europe: For more than 1300 years, spices and plants from all over the world passed through Venice, the premier trading hub in the Mediterranean. At the same time, surprisingly exotic gardens were created in the Lagoon, where essenze (spices, herbs and blossoms) were taking well: Discover this fragrant heritage and unknown side of Venice in our online classes and virtual retreats!

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For 1100 years, Venetians created their own elaborate spice mixes called sacchetti veneziani. These recipes have survived in family recipes, private and public libraries: In the membership LAGUNA IN CUCINA, you'll discover them month after month, plus lots of gourmet stories from Venice! Every Tuesday, a new episode is online, packed with lush recipes, anecdotes, memories of people and places, virtual visits to the markets and the secret Lagoon.

There is so much you tell us that I had never known. The story of Venice is fascinating and so much more complex than I had once thought. It's like looking at someone with new eyes. - Chris Bean

We will be adding online classes in 2022: Breakfast in Venice, Cooking Venetian for Beginners, Venetian Pastry Classes, and more!

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