Ciao Venezia! This magical city on the water is one of my places to start the tour season, and March is one of my favorite months to be here. There are already a surprising number of tourists but not nearly as many as there will be after Easter. I will be here all week guiding @adventureswithsarahmurdoch‘s “Staycation in Venice.”
The magic of spending a week in Venice with a small, lovely group of people.
Cooking up a storm in Venice with Michele Cabianca. Fresh seafood and veggies from the Rialto market and his expert instruction make for an amazing experience.
The last day of our staycation was spent taking a rowing lesson with Row Venice. An all female organization that is working hard to keep the rowing tradition alive, and promote this sport among women. We were in the capable hands of two competitive rowers, Elena and Giulia. In between our rowing we also stopped twice for delicious cicchetti and drinks. Somehow I was too busy eating and didn’t get pictures of the food, but it was delicious!
On a historical note: In the 1400’s female rowers participated in rowing events on equal footing as the men. They were eliminated from racing in the 1800’s and not allowed to re-enter until 1977 but their winnings were half of what the men made. It wasn’t until 2019 that the parity in prize money was achieved and to attain this the senate had to vote on it. In Italy, girls under 18 still don’t have an official category for racing.