By Marlena de Blasi
He observed her around the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. whilst he sees her back in a Venice café a 12 months later, he is familiar with it's destiny. He is aware little English; and he or she, a divorced American chef, speaks merely food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her center has misplaced its skill for romantic love. yet inside of months in their first assembly, she has packed up her condominium in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and stay in that achingly gorgeous urban within which they met.
Vibrant yet vaguely baffled through this daring stream, Marlena is beaten by means of the sheer foreignness of her new domestic, its rituals and customs. yet there are scrumptious moments whilst Venice opens up its palms to Marlena. She chefs an American ceremonial dinner of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she discovered within the Poughkeepsie heart college fitness center to a candlelit trattoría close to the Rialto Bridge. all of the whereas, she and Fernando, disparate souls, construct a rare lifetime of ardour and possibility.
Featuring Marlena’s personal magnificent recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the mesmerizing precise tale of a lady who opens her heart—and falls in love with either a guy and a city.
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D Castello • Map G3 Top 10 Animals in Venice Pigeons Piazza San Marco wouldn’t be the same without them, but their droppings play havoc with the stonework. Lions Symbol of Venice and St Mark, abundant statuary and paintings of lions in varying forms fill the city. Cats The city’s feline population is pampered and fed by affectionate Venetians. Venice’s Top 10 Venice’s only authentic Romanesque cloister has a courtyard with twin-columned arcades, now part of a church museum. Rats Rare, thanks to imported Syrian cats in the past, replaced by an effective council eradication campaign.
45 Venice’s Top 10 Left Ponte degli Scalzi Centre Rialto Bridge Right Ponte dei Pugni Bridges Bridge of Sighs This evocatively named bridge once led convicts from the Doge’s Palace to the adjacent prisons (see p13). d Map R5 Rialto Bridge The design of this most famous Venetian bridge at the narrowest point of the Grand Canal was hotly contested – leading 16th-century architects Michelangelo, Sansovino and Palladio all entered the competition, but lost out to the imposing winning project of 1588–91 by Antonio da Ponte.
Santa Fosca: open for worship only. 00. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Basilica Exterior Doomsday Mosaics Apse Mosaics Iconostasis Paving Campanile Throne of Attila Museo dell’Estuario Santa Fosca Locanda Cipriani Basilica Exterior A miraculous survivor, this striking cathedral was founded in 639 but underwent radical restructuring in 1008. It retains its Romanesque form, light brick walls and an arcaded 9th-century portico. Doomsday Mosaics, Basilica In these 12–13th-century marvels (below) the Universal Judgment is dramatically depicted in superbly restored scenes of devils, angels, wild beasts and fires.
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi