We’re some four months away from my upcoming culinary tour to Italy, immersion in Venice and its lagoon. For those of you who are new to my blog, my new venture will take you to the undiscovered side of Venice that the typical tourist never sees. Even if you’ve been there before, you’ve probably never experienced this “most secretive of cities,” to quote author Victor Hazan, who with his wife, Marcella, ran a cooking school there for many years. That’s because it is a city built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon separated from the Adriatic Sea that cannot be reached by foot, but only by canals. To experience Venice behind its touristic facade, you have to get on a boat built to navigate the shallow waters of the lagoon for the fascinating if lesser known islands that are also of historical, artistic, and culinary importance. Our host in Venice, Mauro Stoppa, a Venetian native and lagoon dweller from childhood—and also a first rate chef—has such a boat. Our new video will give you a feeling for this magical city and the extraordinary adventure you will have if you join us for three days in secret Venice and three more days in Venice proper. When? May 15-21. Spaces are limited and reservations need to be in before February 28th. For details, continue here.