Venice, Italy Travel Guide
Where to Eat
Venice is known for its budget-friendly bacaros. These are food bars similar to the Spanish tapas bars. Apart from these locale favorites,Venice is also home to gourmet palette for the discriminating palate. Venetians are big on seafood; you must try the Venetian varieties from the following restaurants and food joints.
Meet Corrado Fasolato, Met’s pride. He is the only chef in the lagoon with 2 Michelin stars. This restaurant plays with the fusion of flavor and texture in food. Try their eggy carbonara and unusually delicious cigar-flavored dessert. Ambiance is great. You can eat a la cart and pay USD 186 per person.
Address: Hotel Metropole, Riva Degli Schiavoni, Castello 4149.
2) Da Fiore
This is a highly-regarded traditional eating place in Venice and used to be the only one with Michelin star in Venice. Their true-blue Venetian raw-fish antipasto is like no other. This is the gourmet center of fish fare in Venice. When going to this restaurant, dress accordingly for the city’s finest dining place. A meal without wine starts from USD 155 per person but they have 3-course lunch specials at USD 78.
Address: Calle del Scaleter, San Polo 2202
3) Muro Rialto
This place is popular for their Saturday brunch where sophisticated locales frequent to eat and drink. It is very near the Rialto Bridge. The restaurant serves a wide selection of fish, vegetables and occasional meat. A full meal will cost about USD 62 per person. The Saturday brunch, however, costs only USD 16 per person. No wonder it’s a favorite!
Address: Campo Cesare Battisti già Bella Venezia, San Polo 222 (northwest of Rialto Bridge)
4) Orto dei Mori
This restaurant gives Sicilian twist to Venetian dishes. You can choose from meat or fish dishes which are favorites of local tourists in northern Cannaregio, a few strides away from the Madonna dell’Orto Church. Food is great at a very good price of USD 62 per person for a full meal without wine.
Address: Fondamenta dei Mori, Cannaregio 3386
5) Al Garanghelo
This is a family-run bacaro near the Rialto Market. Food is cooked fresh from the market and service is convivial. “Garanghel” is Venetian for conviviality. Try their pasta with secole, seafood risotto, and steamed or grilled vegetables. Prices range from USD 35 to USD 55 per person.
Address: Calle dei Botteri, San Polo 1570
Where to Stay
Venice is one of the world’s most-frequented cities. Its hotels are some of the best and necessarily in harmony with the city’s artistic reputation. Here are five of the choice hotels with varying price ranges to suit every traveler’s budget.
1) Hotel Ca’ Sagredo
Nominated as one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World 2013, Ca’ Sagredo Hotel is the top choice for business and luxury travelers. In this 5-star hotel, a Junior Suite overlooking the Grand Canal costs USD 1,012 on the first night. A cheaper double-room over-looking a courtyard costs USD 536 per night.
2) Hotel a La Commedia
Near the Rialto Bridge and in front of the Goldoni theater is a 4-star hotel, which you might want to try. This hotel is a 19th century building that blends well with its elegant surroundings. A classic double room costs USD 1,058 which covers breakfast and taxes.
Address: San Marco
3) Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo
Near the Grand Canal is an old 2-star hotel, the Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo. A Double Superior room costs USD 225 per night. This includes a continental breakfast, WiFi connection, and complimentary Venice map.
Address: San Marco
4) Hotel al Ponte Antico
If you’d like to have a terrace over-looking the Grand Canal, try this 4-star hotel. Hotel al Ponte Antico dates back to the 16th century and has quiet rooms with antique furniture. Its classic room starts at USD 370 per night.
5) Hotel Foscari Palace
This 4-star hotel is newly-renovated and faces the Grand Canal and near the Sta. Lucia Station. You’d love its free full-buffet breakfast. WiFi is accessible wherever in the hotel. Double Room with a terrace and Grand Canal view costs USD 358 per night.
Venice is a landmark ingeniously built on water. To some, it seemed impossible to do so, but the Venetians did so, and with what grandeur! When the sea will reclaim the land, no one knows. But for now, Venice stands proud and majestic with its 118 islands, 150 canals, 400 bridges, and an artistic treasure trove that dates back as early as the 9th century. Be among the 15 million tourists who will visit Venice this year, and get lost in its splendor!