My town: Venice

Venice: A local’s guide to the city of canals

Venice, with its labyrinthine canals and unique atmosphere, reveals itself through the lens of a local. With cultural escapades and hidden dining spots, the city unfolds a rich tapestry of experiences. Embrace the art, history, flavours, and shopping that define Venice, and go beyond the usual tourist trails to create enduring memories in this enchanting city. 


Beyond the veneer of bustling tourist attractions, Venice’s heart lies in its vibrant culture. Immerse yourself in local events such as the Carnival of Venedig, a dazzling spectacle of masks and costumes that transforms the city into a mesmerising celebration of tradition.

Die Biennale di Venezia, opens a portal to the contemporary art world, showcasing global talents and highlighting Venice’s role as a cultural hub. Wander through less-explored neighbourhoods like Cannaregio and Dorsoduro, where locals gather in quaint cafes, creating an intimate sense of community and authenticity.

Historical sights

Saint Mark`s Basilica in Venice, Italy

Venice’s waterways whisper tales of a rich past, waiting to be discovered. St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco), with its Byzantine splendour, is a testament to the city’s religious and architectural history. Its grand domes and intricate mosaics echo centuries of devotion and craftsmanship.

Doge Palace in Venice, Italy

Adjacent to St. Mark’s Basilica stands the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), a symbol of Venetian political power. Explore its opulent chambers adorned with priceless art before strolling across the iconic Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners once sighed at their last view of Venice before imprisonment—a poignant reminder of the city’s complex history. Go beyond well-known landmarks to the Ghetto Ebraico, Venice’s historic Jewish enclave. Established in the 16th century, it narrates tales of cultural richness and resilience. Wander its narrow streets, where synagogues, shops, and eateries embody the spirit of survival.

No Venice trip is complete without crossing the iconic Ponte di Rialto. This 16th-century marvel over the Grand Canal has been a bustling hub of commerce. Envision the merchants and traders who once crowded this bridge, shaping the city’s economic history.

Food and drink

Venetian cuisine is a symphony of flavours, showcasing the city’s maritime bounty and culinary traditions. While the city boasts plenty of fine-dining establishments, beware of tourist traps; instead, seek out tried-and-trusted restaurants like Antiche Carampane for fantastic local seafood. Lunch at Corte Sconta near Arsenale, a small fish restaurant with a vine-covered courtyard offering delightful antipasti, including mantis shrimp and spider crab.

Or dine at Locanda Montin in Dorsoduro, and indulge in dishes like spaghetti al nero di seppia und fegato alla Veneziana. The Rialto Market is a gastronomic haven, offering fresh produce, local cheeses, and authentic Venetian souvenirs. Try cicchetti – Venetian tapas – and sample everything from bulging tramezzini zu arancini. Bar-hopping here is a must, whether sipping an ombra (a glass of wine) in a traditional bacaro or enjoying an Aperol spritz in lively campos. Harry’s Bar, a 1930s bar known for its Bellinis, is a great spot for a sundowner Venice-style.


Venice’s narrow streets offer visitors a unique shopping experience, catering to both luxury seekers and lovers of local craftsmanship. Wander through boutiques specialising in Murano glass, each piece intricately crafted and telling a vivid story of Venetian artistry.

Murano Glass, Venice, Italy

Explore shops offering intricate masks, a symbol of Venice’s vibrant Carnival tradition. The Rialto Market, beyond its culinary treasures, transforms into a bustling marketplace for authentic souvenirs, capturing the essence of Venetian life. In the San Marco district, fashion enthusiasts can peruse boutiques showcasing exquisite Italian designs, ensuring a unique and sophisticated shopping experience.


Venice, shaped like a snail, unfolds into six sestieri, each with its unique character. While away from the crowds of St. Mark’s Basilica, delve into the heart of authentic Venice. Attend morning Mass to experience the basilica’s grandeur in serene solitude. Explore the Rialto Bridge from the swanky Fondaco dei Tedeschi, offering panoramic views of the Grand Canal and the city’s architectural splendour. Meander through the popular Sestiere San Polo, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the fish market, a bustling hub of local life. Visit Chiesa di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, a gothic church housing masterpieces by Donatello, Sansovino, and Titian, offering a cultural journey through the city’s artistic heritage. 

Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

To truly understand Venetian life, why not join an immersive tour that skips typical tourist routes and shows the city from a local viewpoint. Glide through hidden canals on a private gondola ride, allowing the city’s secrets to unfold in a romantic aquatic journey. Wander through less-explored districts on a walking tour. Foodies can join culinary expeditions, unravelling the secrets of Venetian cuisine through markets, tastings, and intimate cooking experiences. History buffs can opt for guided visits to lesser-known museums and palaces, gaining deeper insights into the city’s rich tapestry beyond the postcard-perfect vistas. The city offers a tour for every traveller.

Don´t miss

When Venice teeters on the edge of tourist saturation, escape to the island of Sant’ Elena, a local haven easily accessible from St. Mark’s Square. Wander through the Giardini Pubblici and explore the charming streets behind the gardens. Don’t forget to visit Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a marble-adorned church featuring monochrome marvels, including sea monsters, cherubs, and intricate carvings, providing a serene escape from the city’s hustle.

Wo wohnen

Indulge in the timeless elegance of Venice by making Hotel Giorgione your home away from home. Nestled within a 14th-century building in the heart of the historic centre, this exquisite four-star hotel is a haven of romance, charm, and unparalleled luxury. It is the perfect spot to rest after a day exploring this enchanting city.


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