Hidden Gems in Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful and romantic places that I’ve ever visited and although a lot of the joy of this city is wondering by the canals and exploring for yourself, I have streamlined some of my favourite spots.

Tonolo Bakery – This bakery was recommended to me by my Italian family and every time I have visited it has been packed with locals washing down a delicious sweet pastry with an espresso. It’s the perfect place to start your day and enjoy an indulgent Italian breakfast.

Chiesa Della Madonna del-orto – Right next to the bakery is this beautiful church set in a cobbled piazza away from the crowds.

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Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo – This beautiful building is in the less trodden district of Campo Mani. With its exterior staircase it looks like something out of a fairy tale, and the terrace offers a perfectly framed few of St Marks Basilica and St Mark’s Campanile.

T Fondaco Rooftop – For an amazing view of the Grand Canal come to this fancy shopping centre right next to the Rialto Bridge. Head to the top floor terrace and enjoy a beautiful view of the canal.

Basilica di San Marco – This is hardly a secret, but paying to go inside the Basilica is totally worth the money, the building is exquisite and make sure to go to the terrace to watch the hustle of people in Piazza San Marco

Peggy Guggenheim Gallery – this gallery is set in the former home of art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal in Venice. The collection is one of the most important galleries in Italy for European and American art.

Libreria Acqua Alta – This amazing book shop is a complete treasure trove. Even if you don’t read Italian (like me) it’s still a joy to look through the vintage book covers.

Vino Vero – Located in the less touristy neighbourhood of Fondamenta Della Misericordia, this tiny wine bar serves a host of delicious wines by the glass. With seats by the canal in the summer or a few bar stools in the winter, this is the perfect place to end a day of exploring.

Estro – This little bar is the perfect place to end your evening with a strong glass of Italian Grappa.

Ai Pugni – Cicetti are small Italian bar snacks that are famous in Venice, and this place serves some of the best I’ve ever had!

All’arco – This tiny bar is totally unassuming from the outside, but with a few seats by the bar it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon Aperol spritz and some delicious cicetti.

Antico Adorno – If you are looking for a quick bite to eat then this pizza place is amazing. There is no seating so you can either eat at the counter or take your pizza with you, but for an affordable price, you can buy one slice of pizza that will refuel you to continue exploring.

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