Everyone knows about this amazing city with its classical art, beautiful architecture, arched footbridges, and iconic canals- But here are five attractions that really make this unique location special.
Taste true Venetian cuisine
Venice is in Italy, and Italy spells food. Get acquainted with traditional dishes from the Veneto such as freshwater lagoon fish done in saorat, or Oca in Onto (goose in goosefat). Taste the finest polpette in Venice, (or anywhere for that matter), at the Ca d’ Oro with a heady selection of Venetian antipasta and raw seafood at Vini da Gigio.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Venice
Built between 888 and 912, the Campanile is the tallest building in Venice at 325ft. It collapsed in July 1902, imploding in a pile of rubble. It was rebuilt, a perfect reproduction of the original. The view is amazing as you take in the Lido, the lagoon, and the distant Dolomites.
Cool down with a refreshing gelato
The city’s best gelato is served at Boutique del Gelato. Be patient, though, there’s always a very long line. Carlo Pistacchi at Alaska Gelateria-Sorbetteria is passionate about ice-cream and uses only the finest natural ingredients. Try the hazelnut or yogurt, or sample exotic flavors like artichoke, asparagus, fennel, or ginger.
Embark on a secret Wine Tour
Experience Venetian originals: the ombra and the spritz. Ombra is a tiny glass of wine. A spritz is a white wine aperitivo of Campari and sparkling water. A sweeter kind is made with a low-alcohol Aperol. Also, don’t skip the prosecco, a bubbly white made in the Veneto and Spento hills.
For a true Venetian oenophile experience, visit the wine cellars only the locals know– on a covert wine tour with city-tour specialists Urban Adventures.
Experience Vivaldi in Venice
For many, Vivaldi in Venice is a must. Discerning local music-lovers insist on the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the orchestra of La Fenice. La Fenice has at least two concert seasons each year.
Mestre’s Teatro Toniolo has a symphony and chamber music. Most musical events take place in churches or scuole. St Mark’s basilica hosts a smattering of concerts all year long, with the patriarch- who has the right to choose who attends and who does not, so put on your pious face. But appreciators of sacred music are advised attend one of the two regular Sunday concerts, sung Mass at St Mark’s and the Gregorian chant on San Giorgio island.