Vacationing in Venice isn’t enough to get to know the heart and soul of the city. It’s a bit of a Venetian philosophy: Venice is a secretive city that should be revealed a little bit at a time. Here are some suggestions to start off on the right foot and explore the long love story of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
1 – Stroll where there are no tourists (except for you)
Summer or winter, with the city more or less crowded. Don’t fret; you’ll still be able to find some tranquil areas where the tourists never venture, not even during the “peak” periods. Take your time to choose your hidden itinerary – possibly starting from the area behind the Arsenale or deep in Cannaregio – get lost with no worries. That is the real Venice.
2 – Seeing Venice “from the water”
Venice is built on water. Its backbone isn’t made up of calli and campielli, but of canali (canals) and rii (rios). That’s how Venetians once moved around and many still do today. You can take advantage of the public transportation (even at night when there are less people around) or a ride in the gondola or even better an experience on a traditional boat ride. (for information).
3 – Eating during one of the Summer Sagre
There are many Sagre (local fairs) throughout the city. Italy is made up of them especially during the summer. Venice is no exception, even with its particularities and prerogatives. From the Sagra di San Piero and that of San Giacomo where you can feel the festive atmosphere. Smell and taste a vibrant and living Venice.
4 – Famous nocturnal hangouts (even better at sunrise)
If you don’t want to miss some of the most known spots in Venice, from San Marco and more, choose to visit them at night. Of course city museums will be closed but the city’s solitude is an experience you shouldn’t pass up.
5 – Eat the typical Venetian Cuisine
Don’t order lasagna or spaghetti alla Bolognese. Take advantage of the typical plates that aren’t just from the sea. If you’re in a wonderful bacaro or in a restaurant that borders the canal, choose a delicious Go risotto or Saor; you won’t regret it.