For more than 1300 years, plants and seeds from all over the world passed through Venice.

Surprisingly exotic and diverse gardens were created here, producing essenze (spices, herbs and blossoms), as ingredients for the most fragrant and colorful cuisine in Europe. We created our gourmet platform Essenze di Venezia for all of you who wish to dive into this unknown Venice and taste itss authentic culinary specialties.

You'll virtually explore these lush and unexpected exotic gardens, thriving in the mild climate of the Lagoon, their surprising stories and deliciuos recipes.

Laguna in Cucina: A food memoir of the Lagoon: Simple and authentic recipes, enriched with stories of Venice's rich culinary heritage.

Every Tuesday, a new episode is online, packed with lush recipes, anecdotes, virtual visits to the markets and into the secret Lagoon. We also talk about personal memories of people and places, Nonna Lina's gourmet cuisine, and stories about life and foraging in the largest Lagoon of the Mediterranean sea.


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 more online classes in 2021: Breakfast in Venice, Cooking Venetian for Beginners, Venetian Pastry Classes, and more!

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Thank You

For me, La Venessiana has always stood out from other websites because of its very personal insights and real beauty – it is so beautiful! - reflecting the personality of your incomparable city. It is filled with information I never knew, and is a joy for me. - Janet Rant.