Laguna in Cucina is an exclusive place where you can browse stories and seasonal recipes, and learn to cook easy Venetian recipes. If Venice holds a special place in your heart, this is our invitation for you to keep in touch: In a playful manner, discover family recipes and historical dishes, famous and easy menus, for everyone, beginners and expert chefs.  

Listen to and read Venetian stories, come along on virtual visits around Venice and the markets, learn to cook easy seasonal menus, and explore the Lagoon islands in our video stories!


WHAT'S INSIDE - A peek into generations-old family recipes and a digital and ongoing memoir of Venice and the Lagoon. Classic, disappearing, and forgotten dishes and their stories


    Learn to cook gourmet menus as the seasons come and go in the Lagoon. Watch our virtual cooking classes and surprise your family with a Venetian menu!


    A totally new Community from May 2022, called Alchemia Venexiana. It's like having a private Venice guide and kitchen coach: Ask any question about Venice, the Lagoon and food and enjoy a monthly Master Class!


    Enjoy virtual visits to Lagoon islands, and virtual walks with a culinary background around Venice: Secret itineraries between the past, present and future! Come along!


    We'lll soon publish Lina's culinary Lagoon book LA CUCINA DEL CUORE! As a member of the Culinary Club, you receive the e-book FOR FREE! Yours to download and enjoy!


    BONUS! As member, you receive access to seasonal recipes: Carnival, spring and Easter recipes, El Redentor and forgotten summer flavors, Venetian street food, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.


    Discover the secrets of contemporary and historical Lagoon cuisine, and listen to stories of how recipes were uncovered, and tested in a secret garden atelier in the heart of Venice.


Examples - Spring & Summer 2022

  • SECRET ISLANDS: We'll learn about the secret story of the island Mazzorbetto, and the wild asparagus and spring Lagoon herbs harvested here. Plus, recipes!

  • WELL-KNOWN ISLANDS: Discover the pictoresque Burano, whose gardens are filled with colorful lilies and Judas tree blossoms.

  • ROSE ELIXIRS: The story of rosolio and other spring blossom drinks, and flower tonics from the Lagoon.

  • GIARDINO DEI SEMPLICI: Discover grappa alla melissa and a hidden garden in Cannaregio.

  • LAGUNA NORD-OVEST: Discover the unknown north-western part of the Lagoon, and the story of forgotten monasteries and their healing recipes.

I’m a Geographer, I’m passionate about maps, rivers, mountains. For me the Venetian Lagoon is a huge, magical environment, inspiration to Hemingway. A delicate ecological balance between ocean and river, between human intervention and natural processes. Without the lagoon Venice could not have become the supreme maritime nation of the Eastern Mediterranean. An independent republic for 1000 years. Amazing and brilliant work of presenting this incredible city – many, many thanks! - Janet Simmonds


    1. Benvenuti - Welcome!

    2. Welcome Audio: Short tour of Laguna in Cucina

    3. Get the Laguna in Cucina Emails

    4. Program and Calendar of Content

    1. The six secrets of the Lagoon

    2. The Lagoon Compass: The Essentials about Venice and the Lagoon

    3. 20 food trends for the 2020s in the Lagoon and in Venice

    4. Index - Quick Links

    1. How to use the culinary library

    2. 1- Summer drinks and street food from Venice

    3. 2- El Redentor - Forgotten Summer Flavors

    4. 3- Le Mie Ricette - Nonna Lina's favorite recipes

    5. 4 - Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    6. 5- The Venetian Christmas Bakery

    7. 6- Carnival flavors from Venice

    1. The Almanac: December in Venice

    2. The Venetian Advent Calendar

    3. We're starting the holidays with this sweet treat in Venice!

    4. Making dosa calda, a warming winter drink

    5. El Nadalin: December sweet breads by Ristorante Il Ridotto

    6. The Feast of Santa Lucia

    7. Winter traditions, decorating and foraging in the Lagoon

    8. La pinsa, the Venetian Christmas cake

    9. Winter solstice in Venice: Giardinetti Reali and breakfast at Caffé Florian

    10. Campiello del Vin & sweet wines from the Veneto

    11. The ancient green Christmas in Venice

    12. December recipes + Holiday Menu

    13. Ambrosia Solstice Menu

    14. La menestra: Spicy artichoke cream soup

    15. La Pasta: Tagliolini with spicy sultanas-pine nuts Montasio sugo

    16. Soave red wine ragout with spicy polenta and fried radicchio

    17. Il Risotto: Risoto con zafferano e salsa agreste di cipolla rossa

    18. Qahwa: Veneto-Arabian coffee with cardamom

    19. Da Natale all'Epifania: 12 culinary tips to spend the holidays in Venice

    20. A Venetian New Year's Eve Menu

    1. The Almanac: November in Venice

    2. Autumn vibes at Serra dei Giardini

    3. All Saints Day + le favette (historical recipe)

    4. The mapmaker of San Michele: Virtual visit

    5. Campo dei Gesuiti and its little known neighborhood

    6. San Martin in Venice + typical menu

    7. The secret gardens of Ca' Morosini del Giardín

    8. Making myrtle liquor and myrtle saffron cake

    9. La Festa della Salute: Thanksgiving in Venice

    10. Thanksgiving menu from Al Giardinetto da Severino

    11. Zuppa inglese, Venetian style

    12. Mele caramellate: Venetian candy apples

    13. Historical recipes for Thanksgiving: Torta bianca reale and crema rosada

    14. La Festa della Salute: Historical Background

    15. Educational series: How Venice coped with pandemics / 2

    16. Festa della Salute 2020 in Venice: Video

    1. The Almanac: October in Venice

    2. Welcoming October with coffee, Venetian style

    3. Story of the month: Venice and the battle of Lepanto

    4. Vendemmia in Laguna - Wine harvest in the Lagoon

    5. La vigna di Sant' Elena: Wine harvest in Venice, tasting sugolo pudding

    6. Le giuggiole in cucina: Jujubes and other forgotten autumn fruit

    7. Making Castagnaccio cake - the story of chestnuts in the Lagoon

    8. Virtual visit to a Lagoon island: San Francesco del Deserto

    9. Miele di barena - Honey from the Venetian Marshlands

    10. Sant'Aponal and San Mattia: The story of the spice masters in Venice

    11. Venetian spicy squash soup with saór

    12. Pan di pistacchio: The Doge's pistachio cake

About this course

  • €7,40 / month
  • 155 lessons
  • 12 Virtual visits
  • Venice Gourmet E-Book Library
  • Travel planning tips


YES, if one or more of these topics sound interesting to you!

  • You would like to travel virtually to the Lagoon, discover unknown islands (there are more than 4000, amongst them marshlands and 78 larger ones, almost never mentioned in guide books). And, you want to visit Venice virtually and access the online experiences any time, when YOU have time, on any device (computer, laptop, mobile phone).

  • You want to collect resources to plan your next culinary trip to Venice and the Lagoon. And you want to taste delicious, organic, home-made Venetian food when you are in Venice, while supporting Venetian family businesses.

  • You want to dive into a lush Venetian experience, with the possibility to ask questions in a private group (NOT on Facebook but hosted here on the Platform). Every week, you receive prompts, news, recipes from Venice, and can ask any question about Venice and food you have.

  • You want to support Venetian associations that make life better in Venice: In 2020, a portion of proceeds goes to Dingo, a Venetian association taking care of homeless cats.


Lina and Iris

Lina Teresa

Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco, founder of three restaurants in Venice. Co-Founder of La Venessiana

Lina is a member of the Cavalieri di San Marco Association, founded by former noble families of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1571, when Venice fought the all-decisive battle of Lepanto. She is 98 years old, and opened three restaurants and a hotel near Piazza San Marco. Lina is deeply interested in Venetian cuisine and garden heritage. Since 1968, she has taken care of the library and terraced gardens of San Zaccaria monastery in Venice. Lina's kitchen is the home of our spice atelier! For our online experiences, Lina provides the most wonderful inspiration, memories of the past, wisdom for the future, and very special stories about Venice.

Iris Loredana

Sustainability expert, Venetian culinary historian, spices and aromatherapy. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.

Iris was educated in Venice and Vienna: She speaks seven languages, amongst them Greek, Latin and Venessian, the former languages of Venice. Iris wrote her thesis on the ecology and urbanization of the Lagoon of Venice, and business in times of unprecedented change with a focus on Europe and the Veneto. Together with Lina, she started La Venessiana - The fragrant world of Venice in 2011. In her spare time, Iris loves developing recipes, taking photos, and researching ancient books on spices and on Venice.

HOW DOES LAGUNA IN CUCINA WORK? A membership and culinary club, born during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, is now coming to life. We started in August 2020 and add content every week.

  • New stories and recipes drop every Tuesday.

    After checkout, you will be taken immediately to the Membership site. You have access for as long a period as you selected. Renewals will be automatical so you won't miss a month about Venice. Of course, new subscriptions can be canceled any time. You have access to all stories, recipes and e-books for as long as you are a member.

  • How much is the LAGUNA IN CUCINA Membership?

    A one-year membership is currently EUR 54. A six-month membership is EUR 29.80, and the 3-month membership costs EUR 19.80.

  • Bonuses for you: EUR 320 value

    Access the seven e-books in our series "Le Feste a Venezia" for free. This also includes access the new ebook "Le Mie Ricette", Lina's recipes (available in October 2020). In addition, you receive 2-3 emails per month with additional content.


We donate 20 per cent of proceeds from our online classes to renowned, experienced and reliable organizations: DINGO and ENPA Venezia, Venetian non-profit associations taking care of homeless cats in Venice and the Lagoon.


Special offers until 31 August 2022