Joyce DiPastena

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Award winning historical author. I love history, music, reading, cats, and chocolate chip cookies. And everything on my Pinterest boards!
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Trying to find the Rialto Market (Rialto Mercato). See? It's up there above #7. It's not next to the modern day Rialto Bridge at all!

Trying to find the Rialto Market (Rialto Mercato). It's up there above It's not next to the modern day Rialto Bridge at all!

There's a carved well head in Giacinta's garden that's surrounded with a patch of oregano as ground cover. Her well head is carved with ivy leaves--unless I decide to change the pattern in revisions!

There's a carved well head in Giacinta's garden that's surrounded with a patch of oregano as ground cover. Her well head is carved with ivy leaves--unless I decide to change the pattern in revisions!

The carved stone bench in Giacinta's garden is surrounded with sweet woodruff. Sweet woodruff grows in England, too, so I use the English name in my story.

Shade plant: Sweet woodruff herb was originally grown for the fresh smell the leaves give off and was used as a kind of air freshener. It also has some medicinal uses and is edible. Learn more about sweet woodruff here.

Hyacinths once grew in Giacinta's garden. Her mother named Giacinta for these beautiful flowers that she loved. "Giacinto" is the Italian word for "hyacinth."

Hyacinths once grew in Giacinta's garden. Her mother named Giacinta for these beautiful flowers that she loved. "Giacinto" is the Italian word for "hyacinth.

Italian Gladiolus (Gladiolus Italicus) - gladioli in Italian

Italian Gladiolus (Gladiolus Italicus) - gladioli in Italian

Oleander (oleandro in Italian). They grew in Italy in the Middle Ages, but had not yet reached England, where my hero, Nick, is from.

Oleanders: Plant Care and Collection of Varieties

Common Jasmine (gelsomino in Italian). Giacinta's father brought these flowers to Venice from Sicily.

Common Jasmine (gelsomino in Italian). Giacinta's father brought these flowers to Venice from Sicily.