You have not lived until you have had aperitivo in Italy. The glorious hours between 7pm and 9pm (here also at noon) are meant for winding down & getting your stomach ready for dinner with more food.
The mainstay of the Venetian apertivo is a spritz, whether Campari or Aperol based (2.50 Euro) alongside some delicious cicchetti (1-2 Euro each). Think fritto misto, marinated artichoke hearts, Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses, zucchini rolls...in heaven yet?
These guys set up in the San Polo square, so its a fantastic place for some relaxing and people watching. Their website here.
Just next door is any foodie’s paradise- a canalside market filled with fresh & seasonal vegetables and fish. This market has existed for almost 700 years and locals and restauranteurs shop here for the best ingredients.
Voluptuous tomatoes, tiny purple artichokes, glistening octopus, mountains of soft-shell crab and beautiful inky squid of all shapes & sizes. I never want to leave.
Open Tuesday through Saturday.
Piazza San Marco
The piazza was laid out in the 11th Century and was famously called "the drawing room of Europe" by Napoleon as it became the social, religious and political capital of Venice.
With the grand St Mark's Church at one end, the Campanile bell tower rising in the middle and the elegant colonnaded arcade of famous cafes on three sides, it is a wonderful place to be.
Venice is a labyrinth of winding streets and connecting bridges, we're talking 117 islands connected by 378 bridges. Sometimes you just gotta let your hair down and get lost.
Escape the tourists and head for the narrowest alleyways from the Piazza San Marco
The Burano & Murano Islands
Push the boat out and head to these beautiful Venetian islands.
Burano is every photographer's paradise. The picturesque fishermen houses are painted in bright pastel colors-this place is an absolute stunner. The island's narrow streets are cluttered with gelaterias, artisan kiosks and traditional lace stores dating back to the 16th century.
Head to Al Gatto Nero for lunch for the freshest seafood in Burano, if not Venice. Try the Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia-just make sure not to smile!
And when you’ve stuffed yourself silly, hop over to Murano island and walk it all of in the Museum of Glass located in the Palazzo Giustinian. Glass artisans have been developing their art here since 1291!