NEW BOOK: Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth


“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.”

–Jonas Salk


Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth

This is how I decided to start my chapter on Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth, the new anthology written by many Venetians and edited by Kathleen Gonzalez, writer and editor of First Spritz is free, another beautiful anthology with a Venice theme!

This new incredible book on Venice is a collection of 31 chapters, written by those living and working in Venice during the terrible Flood of November 12th 2019 and during the lockdown with Covid-19. The last chapter is mine, so you will have to read all of the book to finally get to my story! And you will not regret it!


photo by Filippo Gaggia, one of the contributors


You’ll read poems, narratives, a transcribed phone conversation, letters, a series of posters – all authentic voices during these events that will be remembered hundreds of years from now. You’ll hear from rowers, teachers, artists and traditional craftspeople, designers, a shop owner, a waiter, a banker, a lawyer, writers, environmentalists, chefs, tour guides – all people who are looking forward to Venice’s rebirth after these trying months…

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Venice Rising


It was a true honour for me to be part of First Spritz is free and to be asked to also contribute to Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth, well, it was even more so!

You will find out in reading the book how I struggled to actually writing down how I felt and how I coped during these terrible months and how at the end we are all pulling together to change our beloved Venice for the best!

So, if you loved First Spritz is Free, you will adore this second book!

I was going to insert my chapter here for you to read, but you know what?


All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to local organizations that help preserve Venetian culture and protect the city: We are here VeniceNo Grandi Navi, and Venice Calls. That means that all the writers contributed their stories purely for their love of their city.

You can buy the book on Amazon or the book’s website. The ebook is available on Smashwords.


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