A Venice Tourist Trap (and More)
I have a lot of friends and family who are visiting Venice this summer—and chances are that you might be too. If so, here’s a great tip from one of our contributors Jennifer Dombrowski (@jdomb). Jennifer lives close to Venice and has come to know the city like a local, so has a number of tips on how to avoid tourist trips in the Floating City. Like this one:
Tourist Trap: Dinner with a view of the Rialto Bridge
Let me set the scene. You’ve wandered along the Grand Canal for that perfect photo of the Rialto Bridge, crowning the canal in all its glory. Just as your shutter clicks, you hear the lilted Italian accent behind you inviting you in for the special tourist menu complete with a free Bellini. Don’t. Turn. Around. Just walk away as quickly as possible! Sure, the view is a spectacular one of the Rialto Bridge, but I guarantee your meal will not be.
What to do instead: Graze at Venice’s best cicchetti bars
Cicchetti are like Spanish tapas and cost €1-2 each. They are typically eaten standing up and are the most authentic Venetian cuisine you can have. A couple of my personal favorites are all located just steps away from the Rialto Bridge and are frequented by locals. You won’t find any menus; just point to a couple that make your mouth water from the case of the day’s freshly made cicchetti. Try: Cantina Do Mori at Sestiere San Polo, 429 or All’Arco at San Polo, 436.
Check out more wisdom on the subject from Jennifer in her latest story, Venice’s Biggest Tourist Traps and How to Avoid Them.
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