Venice Travel Diary – Part 2


When I’m planning an Italian holiday the food is always something I’m looking forward to well in advance. Gelato, espresso, wine, pasta, … it’s not exactly healthy but it’s perfect soul food and there’s nothing like a glass of aperol spritz on ice or cool rosé wine at 6 o’clock when the sun is beginning to set.

As I said in part 1 of my travel guide, contrary to what I had heard, Venice is not extremely expensive when it comes to dining out. With the help of trip advisor and a guide book which we found in our B&B room, we actually came across some really nice and quite affordable restaurants. So here are some of the discoveries we made:

Our view when we took the Vaporetto in the morning

Having cool white wine with lunch = Italian holiday

Healthy lunch: intensely good vegetables at Osteria al Bacareto

Limoncello should always be served in tiny cups made from dark chocolate!



Coconut and chocolate ice cream from gelateria Paolin


The boat on the left is a floating vegetable store!

My Mom had to pose for my tourist shots


I’m wearing a Zara blouse, Topshop jeans and Superga sneakers


Happy at the terrace of the Peggy Guggenheim museum

Hello! Spot us in this photo!

Lunch in the sun at La Rivista. This mozzarella cheese was so soft and delicious!

Gnocchi with lemon and pistacchio pesto at La Rivista


A cozy spot for dinner: La Zucca


Panorama view of the Alps from the plane on our way back


Where to eat and drink:

  • Birraria La Corte: This modern but cozy place at campo San Polo is nice for pizza, salads or pasta and drinks.
  • Osteria Al Bacareto: hidden in a  narrow street near Santo Stefano in San Marco, this restaurant serves Venetian cuisine made from fresh and high quality ingredients.
  • La Rivista: this restaurant belongs to the design hotel Ca’ Pisani – a great place to sit in the sun, watch people and enjoy the delicious pasta and fish dishes. The menu changes regularly depending on the season!
  • A Beccafico: We didn’t go here, but I heard a lot of good things about this restaurant at Campo Santo Stefano. If I come to Venice again, I’ll definitely go here.
  • Trattoria alla Madonna: a traditional and long-established restaurant in San Polo, where you can find great Venetian food at a very good value!
  • La Zucca: very cozy and a great spot for Vegetarians! Definitely make a reservation before you go, as this small restaurant in San Polo is very popular.
  • Gelateria Paolin: delicious ice cream at Campo San Stefano.
  • Grom: this Italian ice cream chain has several stores in Venice. The flavours change regularly. Try salted caramel if they have it when you visit.
  • San Stae: We found this gelateria by coincidence when we strolled around San Polo on our first night in Venice. The ice cream is incredibly good (e.g. almond was amazing) – and they also make frozen yoghurt and popsicles
  • Gelato di Natura: We walked past this gelateria while we were already eating ice cream (Italian holiday problems, eh?) and actually came back here because the gelato looked so good. We weren’t disappointed. I tried fid and walnut as well as espresso – both were delicious!

Where to stay in Venice:

Hotels are actually pretty expensive in Venice. If you’re looking for something more affordable you can always check Airbnb. As I said in part one we stayed in a B&B, Corte 1321, which was very nice. I haven’t stayed at any other places in Venice yet, but I’ll just list some of the places I have read about and that seem nice:

Enjoy Venice and tell it ciao bella from me when you go!



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