This month I was invited to create a dedicated ‘walk and talk’ event for a small group of Australian ladies visiting Venice for an intensive Italian language course combined with visits to various local cultural events. The group was accompanied by Luisa Liussi as part of her ‘Venice with Luisa’ programme of events and excursions which she organises annually for adult students of Italian in Australia.
Our walk took us to a couple of places of interest to stimulate conversation and the acquisition of new vocabulary. Our first stop was at the Icelandic Pavilion to visit the ‘Troll’ installation created by Egill Sæbjörnsson — an enormous piece occupied almost entirely by the two trolls, Ügh and Böögär whose conversation gave us plenty of food for thought. A pleasant walk along the Giudecca waterfront brought us to the gondola boatyard where we were given pride of place alongside the framework of a new gondola in the making, whilst the owner and one of the carpenters explained to us the birth of a new Venetian craft.
The ladies all did exceptionally well, in spite of the fact that they had all been at Italian school that morning, leaving little space in their brains for new vocabulary during our afternoon walk! Needless to say that our late afternoon stop for an aperitif and nibbles was much appreciated!
Photographs courtesy of Venice with Luisa