Venice Secrets Revealed – Travel Insiders Name the Best of Venice

FWT – the Best of Venice

Travel writers spill the beans on Everyone’s Favorite City: Venice

By , About.com Guide

venice grand canalVenice: View of the Grand Canal

James Martin

Enchanted by the Venezia Mask - FWT

Get a few travel writers, art historians and guides together and they can’t help spilling the beans about their favorite places and experiences. We’ve mined some of their favorite Venice restaurants, tours and events over the years and share them with you below.

Venice Restaurants and Food Tips

On a recent trip to Venice I met with a couple of Venice specialists to explore the world of Venetian “tapas” where are called “Cicchetti” in Venice. The result is our how-to article called:Cicchetti Bars: Eating Venetian Small Plates in a Bàcaro. Eating in a Venetian wine bar will be relatively inexpensive, you’ll rub elbows with the locals, and with the tips in our article, you’ll find the best local wines to sip.

Eating in Venice is often described as a hit or miss experience–more miss than hit. Here are some recommendations from travel writers, local guides, and serious art historians.

Cantina do Mori – Recommended by Veneto guide Sandro Berra

Cantina do Mori – Sandwiches and cicchetti bar food since 1462. Frommers Review

Canto do Mori
San Polo 429 (entrances on Calle Galiazza and Calle Do Mori, In San Polo)
Vaporetto Stop: Rialto (cross Rialto Bridge to San Polo side, walk to end of market stalls, turn left, then immediately right, and look for small wooden cantina sign on left)

Osteria Bancogiro – recommended by Janet Fullwood, travel writer for the Sacramento Bee

You’ll find Osteria Bancogiro in the maze of street-level shops and warehouses that surround the first market square at the west end of the Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal (hard to find). Reasonable. Ms. Fullwood writes of the Osteria Bancogiro in her Sacramento Bee article called “Romancing the Gondolas.”

Osteria Bancogiro
Campo San Giacometto, San Polo, 122; +39 041-523-2061

L’Osteria di Santa Marina – recommended by Sandro Berra, a guide to the Veneto region of Italy

Calm and sophisticated atmosphere. Wide choice of fish and meat dishes, as well as house specialities.

L’Osteria di Santa Marina
5911 Campo Santa Marina (Castello district, vaporetto 82 or 1 to Rialto; or vaporetto 52 to San Zaccaria), +39 041 528 5239. Open Tue-Sat lunch and dinner.

Sandro recommends taking a day trip to Treviso, “you’ll eat better at half the price!”

Sandro also recommends you “follow the gondoliers!” But novelist Novelist David Hewson, author of Lucifer’s Shadow, a novel set in Venice, recommends following the vaporetto drivers instead:

“One of my favorite places is much more modest though. I found Trattoria Cea (closed Sunday evening and Monday) through a simple ruse. I was starving, wanted a quick cheap lunch and was at the big vaporetto station, the Fondamente Nove. So I did the obvious thing–I followed the vaporetto drivers to see where they–Cea. This is real Venetian home cooking, simple to the point of plainness but as honest and fresh as they come.”

L’Anice Stellato – Our own recommendation

Asian inspired seafood and chicchetti in the Cannaregio on the Fondamente de la Sensa. If they’re full (and they often are), head over to the 40 Ladroni, just down the canal.

L’Anice Stellato
Fondamenta de la Sensa, Cannaregio, 3272, tel. 041720744

Doges Palace Secret Itinerary Tour

Quick, which tour of the popular Doges Palace might not have long lines and is more interesting to boot? Why, that would be the Secret Itinerary, of course. Just about everyone recommended the new Secret Itinerary Tour. You can get tickets online from Select Italy.

For more on Venice, the world’s greatest open air museum, see our Venice Italy Guide.

2 thoughts on “Venice Secrets Revealed – Travel Insiders Name the Best of Venice

  1. Pingback: The Cuisine of Italy – Venice « jovinacooksitalian

  2. Molto bello il blog… per aspetto nuovi post, da troppo tempo che non ci sono aggiornamenti. Vabb, intanto mi sono iscritto ai feed RSS, continuo a seguirvi!

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