Like a Local: Venice, Italy
There’s nothing quite like experiencing a destination as the locals do. Venice is an especially magical place to explore but knowing the ins and outs that the residents do makes the journey even better. Discover the deeper secrets that lie hidden throughout the city of canals.
Restaurants and Food
Find a sweet and tasty pastry for breakfast at Pasticceria alla Bragora. Choose among almond paste croissants, apple pastries or brioche with marmalade, jam or custard down the middle. Couple it with a satisfying cup of coffee for the perfect start to the day. Rosa Salva is also a great option for coffee and pastries for breakfast or midday snack.
Al Covo serves classic Venetian seafood, but they’re also well known for their ricotta cake and fried stuffed zucchini flowers. The couple who runs the restaurant loves to meet visitors and talk about food, so you get a full culinary experience.
For a truly local experience, stop by Cantina do Mori. This legendary bar is so hidden it doesn’t even have tables and chairs. They simply serve a menu of cicchetti and delicious wine on a wooden board that’s said to date back to 1462.
To bring home some authentic, Venetian spices, sweets, liquors and more, visit Antica Drogheria Mascari. This San Polo shop has been around for over 70 years and sells more obscure goods, all packaged in a retro design that make for the perfect, unique souvenir. Or for a good bottle of wine, try the family-run Da Francesco in Campo San Martino in the Castello Quarter.
When seeking the best in Murano glass designs, L’angolo del Passato is the shop to visit. Find your way to Dorsoduro for beautiful vintage pieces and contemporary designs alike from local, up-and-coming artisans.
What to do in Venice
Take a trip a little out of the city to Venice’s surrounding islands. San Lazzaro degli Armeni has public tours of the island’s secluded monastery daily. San Francesco del Deserto is often bypassed, but its tranquil monastery amid a forest of cypress trees and with sprawling gardens make it a beautiful sight to see.