Ready to see Venice from a COMPLETELY different side? And learn about DELICIOUS, HEALTHY and BEAUTIFYING historical recipes?
La Venessiana’s project "Roses and Spices: The Fragrant World of Venice" shares the historical recipes for food, natural remedies and perfumery of the Republic of Venice, distilled from forgotten books at the Venetian State Archive and other public and private libraries.
In 2012, we started our blog on rediscovering 1,600 years of forgotten culinary culture, edible gardens and recipes relegated to library shelves in Venice. We estimate that only five per cent of Venetian culinary heritage is known to the public, or available at restaurants.
Invaluable recipes for delicious food, natural remedies and beauty products made from herbs, blossoms, and spices are waiting to be rediscovered!
Our online classes set in La Venessiana's spice atelier in the heart of Venice take you on delicious virtual retreats, in which you learn to benefit from this vast Venetian culinary heritage and the lost world of herbs and spices. We do think it's useful to know in the current faced-paced and unsure times!
Discover the gourmet experiences
Spice flavors and botanical cuisine
€28,00Spring Awakening in the Lagoon: Green Cuisine and Healing HerbsOur first online class, filled with delicious recipes for a spring menu from the Lagoon and cakes made from spring blossom syrups. Discover the secrets of foraging herbs in the Lagoon, see our wild garden and spring pantry, and get started with the basics of Venetian cuisine!
€28,00Summer in Venice: Hidden gardens and Lagoon flavorsDiscover the northern Lagoon virtually, learn to make cooling syrups and beauty elisirs from blossoms. Create herbal summer drinks and enjoy a summer blossom menu.
From our Course Participants and Readers
“Have you seen Iris’ site? She is probably the foremost expert on historic Venetian recipes, at least among those who write about it, with us today. I am always so grateful for her posts. Even if I’m scared half to death of cooking with pine syrup ..”Marjorie Sterne, OG Venice Travel Guide and Agency
“I want to live in your Venice! You describe the city in such rich and loving detail.”Kathleen González, Author: Seductive Venice Blog, First Spritz is Free
Meet your instructors
Associazione Cavalieri di San Marco, founder of three restaurants in Venice. Co-Founder of La Venessianainfo@laspezeria.com
Sustainability expert, Venetian culinary historian, spices and aromatherapy. Co-Founder of La Venessiana Magazine.
How can you benefit from historical Venetian recipes?
Please note: These are culinary, health and beauty food classes aimed at improving wellbeing and health in a natural way. Recipes from these online courses cannot, and should not, replace any prescriptive medication you may have to take. Please consult your doctor when in doubt. Still, changing your style of cooking to using exclusively natural ingredients as we show in the cooking classes, may help you mitigate, or even get rid of, symptoms brought about by chronic illnesses, such as pain or allergies.
Enjoy simple and natural dishes enriched with herbs and spices in the right amount and right combinations to mitigate chronic health issues.
Bake delicious cakes and cookies from natural ingredients that are actually healthy!
Get to know the six basic flavors and colors of which nourishing food consists.
Learn Venetian cooking secrets and improve skin and wellbeing, and seaonal issues like allergies.
Historical recipes are almost entirely gluten-free. So for all of you who are gluten-sensitive, cooking with herbs, blossoms and spices can add so much quality in life.
Choose your favorites!
where would you like to start?