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  • An Honorary Venetian's Guide to Alley Ways & Osterias

    A somewhat insiders take on lovely hidden gems and delicious food finds for the traveller looking to really explore Venice proper, beyond St. Mark's.

    • Apr 2014
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  • Gabbiato Mario



    Hidden away in a small campeillo a little shop owned by an old italian man is filled with gorgeous prints, including great maps of old Venice as well, cheap!

  • fanny gloves



    Situated among many other fun Venetian stores, this custom glove boutique has both beautiful and functional souvenirs to take home.

  • Ca' Pesaro


    Art Museum

    Though there are numerous art galleries in Venice, this was my favourite, filled with recognizable paintings (Klimt) and beautiful palazzo architecture.

  • Old Jewish Ghetto



    For a bit of fascinating history, head over to the first ever ghetto, where jewish folk were confined to 1 island, forced to build up, hiding beautiful temples.

  • Piazzale Santa Maria Elisabetta



    If you have the time, take the Vaparetto over to Lido for a beach day, strolling down the beach town street of S.Maria , buying lunch and towels along the way.

  • Rialto Market



    Start your morning off with a trip to Rialto's market. The colours, bustle and famous fish market are a great break from the touristy bridge itself.

  • Traghetto Gondole Santa Sofia


    Boat / Ferry

    Want to ride in a gondola but can't afford the cost? Take a short trip across the canal in a Traghetto, a gondola version of a ferry and much cheaper–2 euro.

  • Strada Nova


    Outdoors & Recreation

    Stroll up and down the largest street in Venice, where you'll find the best pastries, shopping, and, closer to the train station, the cheapest Murano glass.

  • Libreria Marco Polo



    As a bookworm, this new and used bookstore offering a multi-lingual selection at cheap prices with an option to trade-in for credit was my saviour. Fun journey.

  • Gelateria Nico


    Ice Cream

    The best Gelato in Venice as recommended by my native host mom. Fair prices, great (free) patio with a view and a pretty nice staff too!

  • Libreria La Toletta



    A great walk to get to filled with back alleys and fun water fountains. Also a great bookstore.

  • Campo San Barnaba



    A nice quieter square where there's an odd museum to Michelangelo and further down the canal is a fresh fruit and veg boat that docks everyday.

  • Al Remer



    Though a bit difficult to find, they have a happy hour around 5:30 or so where you can buy a drink with 2 euro surcharge and partake of an awesome buffet free!

  • Birraria La Corte


    Beer Bar

    The absolute best pizza in Venice, hands down. Also a brilliant patio to lounge at in the warmer months with a glass of Sgroppino to end the meal. Dinner.

  • Campo Santa Margherita



    A lively square often frequented by Venice's student crowd, it includes many fun bars and great cheap pizza for late night munching. $2 Sprtiz at Caffè Rosso.

Jessica Ru

Jessica Ru