Friday, 6 April 2012

Visit Venice: Three tips

I now I'm quite late: You all already know where your next holiday destination will be and visiting Venice during the summer month is also not the best idea. But since I love this city, even though I have to share it with a few million tourists, I had to do this post after I was lucky enough to have the chance of revisiting Venice last January.
It wasn't my first time in Venice, I stopped counting the times I've been there, but I have a special relationship with the city. C'mon, how many of you can claim that they made their first steps ever on the Rialto bridge...
But Rialto is not one of my favorite places, not depending on the season you are there, you will wait just to get a short view on the Canale Grande. And the bridge is not the only place crowded with tourists but one of many.
Luckily Venice is a maze, you can easily get lost (and find a dead end... *cough*) in all the small alleys, just leave the main streets and enjoy the city's atmosphere. Chances are high that you are not seeing another tourist. At least for some minutes...

And there is always the possibility of discovering a new place, a cafè, a shop... so when I spent my winter break over there I collected three spots for you... And since our typical Venice day consists of: walking, drinking a coffee, walking, coffee/drink, walking, shopping for dinner, cooking in our holiday flat; it's not a big surprise there are two cafés and one shop I got for you.

Note: It's quite difficult to give a specific address to you because all the houses have numbers... not in every street but in every district. Nowadays there are also street names, but the official addresses do not seem to include them... so you probably should look them up.

For shopping
"Il mercante die Sabbia"

The things they got here are maybe not the most affordable ones, but most of them are really nice and quite surprising. After leaving this place I did not just look for a rich boyfriend, no, my head was filled with inspiration for DIY. It's like soulfood but with things, you look at the stuff and feel an instant happiness in you... at least my case.
In addition to that the street maybe belongs to one of the more touristic ones, but there were nevertheless many really nice shops in the area. And it's quite close to the Frari church... there is a nice little café... the cafe dei Frari ( as I said... walking + coffee^^), unfortunately I did not take a picture of the latter

At the corner of "Calle dei Saoneri" and "Calle Secondi dei Saoneri", Rio Terà 2614, San Polo

For coffee / tea
"Caffe' Orientale Tearoom Di Elena Mazzacurati"

Long name, huh? It's not the most typical café for Venice, not even for Italy. I would say: It's British. Even the hot chocolate looked more like hot chocolate than like custard (as it does typically in Italy.. strange and really substantial).
Furthermore it is a really nice place to drink coffee or tea while looking at the pictures... they are maybe not the most artistic ones with a really deep background, but they are quite cute: All the walls of the room are covered with acrylic paint drawings showing all sorts of animals. And all of them are made by the owner, who seemed to be a nice man.... (does not say much: I can't speak a word Italian...). On the toilet were other images of him, this ones were nicer, but the animals are just perfect for the dining area.
When we left everyone of us had the possibility to chose from one of the bookmarks he sells, on every piece another animal was printed.

Sestiere Santa Croce, 888

"Torrefazione Marchi a Venezia"
We found this the last day in Venice and regretted it: This little coffee roast house does not only make really nice coffee, even though the prices of the sole product are quite high, drinking it in was really affordable. And I was really surprised discovering this place just now after visiting Venice that many times since it is on the main shopping street connecting the train station with the St. Marc's Square.
Nothing much to add, go there and regret to not be an Italian... I love Italian coffee.

Strada Nove ( comming from the main station right behind Canale Cannaregio), Cannaregio, 1337

Obviously this is just a little part of Venice and I'm sure you will discover many nice spots when you are there. For first-time-tourists Rialto is probably also not that bad and you should also visit all the sights... and by the way, the most important Italian word is "Permesso", meaning "Excuse me", even though residents use also their elbows with it. So when you hear it, it's time to hide in a house entrance.

As you now know: Venice is one of my favorite places in the world... what about yours?

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