A love affair with Venice
Venice, one of those places I’ve been to, that I dream of going back to, over and over again. If dreams came true then, I would probably rent a nice airy flat by the canal for a few months and spend my days walking along the canals, buy fresh seafood from the fabulous bustling Rialto market and enjoy cooking in a tiny Venetian kitchen, weekend evenings would be spent bar crawling or as they are referred to in Venice – Bacaros. And of course, I would savour authentic Italian coffee every single day, freshly brewed, maybe sit by the canal, read a book while sipping on some fruity red wine… ah – the perfect life…
Experience Venice like a local
Though I haven’t yet managed to fulfill this dream, I did manage to spend a few magical days in Venice exploring the food, wine and culture.
A quaint Venetian Bacaro
Bacacros or traditional Venetian bars are a must-visit when in Venice. This is where the locals go to drink wine, enjoy the atmosphere and savour some delicious snacks. Rather than spending too much money at the many tourist traps its best to do your research first and plan your visit to at least one these quaint old bars.
Cantine del Vino già Schiavi
Located in the Dorsoduro district, this atmospheric bacaro is bursting with character. The crumbling structure adds to the rustic appeal and its proximity to one of the city’s last surviving gondola workshops is a bonus. Situated right in front of a canal, this bacaro is a firm favourite with the locals. It is also a wine shop and is always buzzing with activity. Seating is not availale as is the tradition in most of the traditional bacaro’s.
Cicchetti in Venice what Tapas is to Spain. These delectable small plates of Venetian finger food are a perfect accompaniment to a glass of Vino. Cantine del Vino già Schiavi serves a great selection, prepared fresh every day at the venue.
While it is customary to sample a few wines while enjoying a plate of cichetti, it is also highly recommended to round off the session with a taste of Grappa. This potent local alcoholic beverage is quite a heady drink and for those not used to it can end up experiencing quite a system shock – like I did 😉 Thankfully, I shared my grappa with DH who absolutely loved it.
Eat and Drink like a local
There is no better way to truly immerse oneself in the local culture than to experience a new city as a local would. Sampling the local food and wine is just one of the ways to get a real taste of the authentic vibe of the place.
Planning a trip to Venice? Why not browse through my review of Hotel Al Ponte Moncenigo here?
* I planned this entire trip on my own and have paid in full everywhere I have stayed at and eaten at. As always all opinions expressed are as always my own.