Visit Venice with Chiara
In January 2020 I spent almost an entire day in the company of Dr. Chiara Ponchia, a scholar of Venice, its history, and the Jewish Gheto and its people. With Chiara’s help I retraced the steps of my characters, I immersed myself in the fascinating and at times heartbreaking history of Venice’s Jews, and I saw, for the first time, the world of the Gheto as it once was; a world all but destroyed by fascism and war, but brought to vivid life by one of Venice’s most renowned guides.
If you would like to visit Venice virtually, Chiara has established a website that offers guided virtual tours of not only the Gheto but also other areas of interest. And if you are able to visit Venice in person, do hire Chiara as your guide – she has an unsurpassed knowledge of its history, architecture, and people.
Chiara and I will also be discussing the people and places that appear in Our Darkest Night; I will post videos of our discussions in the coming months.