THE STAYCATION EXPERIENCE
Welcome back, digital nomads! We’ve loved exploring the red city of Bologna this past week, but now we’re on a train straight to what feels like another world. Venezia – the floating city! If you are just joining us this week, we’ve been traveling digitally through the Italian motherland stopping at different destinations & exploring them through our blogs. This week, we’ll be scurrying through alleyways and crossing bridges in Venezia.
Week 10: Venezia
The city of canals is a magical destination that provides something for every tourist. The city has history, art and a niche Italian culture particular to the Veneto region. To fully immerse yourself in the melting pot that is the city, dive into the labyrinth of 400 bridges and 170 canals and get lost on purpose. Andiamo!
Enjoy the flavours of Venezia as the Made in Italy chefs have created Pizza venezia, featuring;Tomato Base, Sliced Potatoes, Onion, Mushrooms, Capsicum, Olives, Spinach, Oregano, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Garlic
To See in Venezia
Witness the grandness of the city at the Piazza San Marco and its accompanying campanile. The basilica of St Mark is an impressive piece of architecture that demonstrates all of the artistic influences that Venice has accrued over the years. The building has stood the test of time since 1092, and it is physically beautiful to admire. Also visiting the top of the campanile will reward you with incredible views over the city and all its waterways.
Libreria Acqua Alta is a quirky bookstore lost amidst the Venetian canals that has particularities suited only to this city. Many of the books are kept in bathtubs and tall bookcases to accomodate for the annual flooding of the canals that enter the bookstore. They have an exit to a canal, with a decorative gondola you can sit on and observe. Another fun addition is their staircase made of old, water-stained books.
To Do in Venezia
Ride a vaporetto through the Grand Canal. These large, flat boats are the main form of transport in the Venetian Lagoon. The different routes go to different islands, but there is one that does loops through the Grand Canal. From this route, you can sit and enjoy the masterful architecture of all the palazzos
Whilst there is so much to do on the main island, you won’t get a full experience until you explore the many others in the Venetian Lagoon. Take a day trip to Murano, Burano and Torcello. In these you’ll see the famous Murano glass blowing, the Instagrammable Burano coloured houses, and a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle and look of the Venetian Islands a few hundred years back.
Flavours of Venezia
Immerse yourself in Venezia’s tapas-like culture at a bacaro. These wine bars serve tiny dishes and open sandwiches the Venetians call cicchetti. Normally you’ll enjoy deli meats and fresh cheeses on slices of crispy baguette, with a wine glass or Aperol spritz on the side. If you’re after a heartier dish, anything nero (black) will tick the local delicacy bucket list. These pasta or risotto dishes are made with squid ink, a special local ingredient.
Bringing Venezia Home
Set up at home for a thrilling ride through the canals of Venice by putting on The Tourist on the big screen. The romantic thriller will provide you scenic views through the city, albeit the storyline may be failing, the sights won’t disappoint. Enjoy it with our pizza special for this week! It features a tomato base, potatoes, spinach, onion, olives, capsicum, mushroom, oregano, parmesan, mozzarella & garlic. If you want an entree before your main, go out and buy a baguette, some antipasti mix & ricotta and make your own cicchetti at home!
Enjoy you staycation and the sites, sounds and flavours of Venezia and we look forward to taking you on another adventure next week in Milan
Lastly, as always buon appetito!