Out and about in... Venice

Glass, lighthouses, and bathtub reading


1 | Cantine del Vino già Schiavi - Fondamenta Nani, 992

A step outside of Venice’s busiest tourist routes, the Cantina Schiavi is a great example of a traditional Venetian ‘Bacari’ tavern in the city’s artsy Dorsoduro district. Hang out with the locals to drink an ombra and eat cicchetti, before browsing the catalogue of over 500 bottles.

2 | Dal Nono Colussi - Dorsoduro 2864

This Venetian pastry and bakery shop has been going strong for over 60 years, specialising in ‘fugassa’, a traditional yeasted sweet bread, crafted in the back of the bottega. Usually only made for Easter, this bakery produces it year-round. 

3 | Murano Glass Museum - Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8

Located in Venice’s Murano Island, the museum showcases the history and artistry of Murano glassmaking. Its exceptional collection showcases centuries-old techniques that made Murano a hub for innovative glass craftsmanship, as well as boundary-pushing, experimental work.

4 | Campanile di San Marco - Piazza San Marco

The best panoramic view of the city can be found from the tower of St. Marks. The current structure was built in 1912, after the original 10th century tower collapsed a decade earlier. It has variously served as a defensive outpost, a lighthouse and latterly a religious landmark.

5 | Doge’s Palace - Piazza San Marco

Once the residence of the Doge (the leader of the Republic of Venice, and nothing to do with canine-themed cryptocurrency) this architectural masterpiece epitomises the Venetian Gothic style. Dripping with opulence—magnificent, obscene, or both, depending on your viewpoint—its lavish halls are adorned with masterpieces reflecting Venice’s glorious past.

6 | Libreria Acqua Alta - Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa, 5176b

This unique bookstore is renowned for its unconventional storage of books in bathtubs, boats, and gondolas, ingeniously protecting them from flooding. Cluttered, eccentric and genuinely a bit magical.

7 | Rialto Market - Calle Prima de la Donzella, 306

Near the iconic Rialto Bridge, this market has been a vital commercial and social hub since the 11th century, and today offers a vivid glimpse into the city’s rich culinary and cultural heritage. Find seafood, locally grown fruits, and vegetables, alongside traditional Venetian delicacies. Set against the scenic backdrop of the Grand Canal, this is about as picture postcard Venetian as it gets.

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