I just came back from a girls weekend in Venice. Situated over many islands, sliced by canals and with an impressive historical center, Venice is certainly unlike any other city. We had a great time getting lost in the small streets, eating delicious seafood and enjoying the fresh sea breeze…
Venice, with its rich and complex history and known for its canals, museums and monuments is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides all the historic sights, Venice has to offer an endless selection of amazing Restaurant, Bars and impressive Hotels. The whole city has a special flair of elegance and classic Italian easiness. I´ve selected for you my favorite spots in the city…
Where to stay
My favorite budget place is the new luxury Hostel with a fantastic view on the Piazza San Marco, the Generator Hostel A very cute and typically two star Hotel is the Al Ponte Mocenigo, with a very friendly owner and a beautiful courtyard. If you have more budget, i can highly recommend the Centurion Palace Hotel next to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Alternatively you can stay in one of the luxurious but affordable Apartments from Best Venice Apartments
What to do
Apart from the tourist hot spots, Venice has a small-town vibe and mentality. After visiting the top attractions of Venice – the Basilica San Marco – Doge´s Palace – Grand Canal – Rialto Bridge and Market, we were looking for the authentic less touristic places. The Dorsoduro district is my favorite with lots of arty shops, antiques and small cafes. Canareggio, has mostly quiet and residential streets, but in the evening the streets are full of young Italians standing outside trendy bars and tapas places with great local wine. For a view hours you should escape to Lido and walk along the sandy beach. From there take a boat to Giudecca island, almost entirely residential, from where you have a fantastic view on Venice historic center.
Where to eat
In Osteria al Portego (Castello San Lio, 6014) they have the best Italian tapas in Venice, its a great lunch or snack place. If you feel like ice cream, go to Gelateria Nico at Zattere boat station. If you are looking for a dinner in an stylish ambience the Ristorante Avogaria is the place to go. Another more rustic-style dinner place with excellent food is the Pane Vino e San Daniele. In the Canareggio district you should not miss the Paradiso Perduto, it´s the place to be for young, trendy Venetians, with live music and great local wine.
Drinks & Party
On the Fondamenta della Misericordia (2540 Venice) canal you will find lots of bars with live music, great tapas and a stylish young crowd. The B-Bar at Hotel Bauer has a very luxurious interior and great cocktails. The Caffé Centrale is the place where Hollywood meets in Venice, so chances are high you´ll see someone famous.
In Dorsoduro i found an amazing shop with beautiful ceramics, danghyra. Every object is handcrafted by Danghyra herself and is made entirely by using only craft techniques, mixture, wheel turning, glazing, color, metal. Here are some of her great pieces…