Venice, the Most Improbable of Cities (Part 1 of 2)
December 3 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
December 3rd, 12 Noon / Part 1: From its inauspicious beginnings at the end of the Roman empire to its apex as a commercial, naval & financial juggernaut and Xanadu of architecture & cultural cross-currents.
Venezia is Queen of the Adriatic, La Serenissima, standing for triumph of human will over Nature, once a beehive of espionage, luxury, the pleasure capital of Europe, a mecca of extraordinary artists and personalities and the zenith of all Grand Tours…yet even today, Venice remains an enigma.
This free member’s event is hosted by Il Cenacolo.
About the presenter: Carla Gambescia
Carla’s passion for Italy began early: with her mother’s love of the Renaissance masters and father’s discourses on Italian geniuses of every calling. In the ensuing decades, she’s written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle. Carla was a former partner in the Ciao Bella Gelato Company, conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour which won OUTSIDE Magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe,” and owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, New York for a decade. Via Vanti! received a “Very Good” from the New York Times and numerous plaudits for its innovative Italian cuisine, gelato (named “Best Gelato Shop in NY.”)
Carla is the author of the award-winning book: La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z (Best Travel Book of 2019). She also regularly lectures on topics of Italian cultural interest and curates of the popular photoblog Postcards From The Boot.