Venice is best for...
Traditional food: Head to trattorias, bacaris and ristorantes for real Venetian cuisine
Homely restaurants: Find family-run eateries for some of the tastiest food in Venice
Cicchetti: Enjoy this form of Venetian tapas with a glass of Prosecco at bars around the city
Language: The language spoken in Venice is Italian
Currency: The currency used in Venice is the Euro (€)
Local time: Venice is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Venice's main airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport
The cuisine is a key part of Venice’s culture and nowhere is this better reflected than in the traditional Venice food scene. To live like the locals, save the restaurants for a special night out and, instead, frequent the trattorias, osterias and pasticcerias, where you can enjoy authentic Italian food, served without any fuss or frills. Venice is favoured by couples looking to soak up its extraordinary romantic atmosphere. However, it’s also popular with families too. As a result, there are some new and exciting restaurants rubbing shoulders with older, established places to eat. The best restaurants in Venice are family-run and cater for locals as well as visitors. With family at the centre of the culture here, you’ll find most restaurants and eateries actively welcome children.
If you want to visit what is widely-recognised as one of the best places to eat in Venice, check out Il Ridotto, near the Piazza San Marco. Although the surroundings are intimate, it’s big on flavour, offering dishes such as squid-ink spaghetti and sea urchin, or suckling pig with a bean puree. If your holiday budget doesn’t stretch to extravagance of this sort, head to the San Polo district, where you’ll find La Zucca. A longstanding authentic trattoria, you can enjoy a range of pastas as well as simply-cooked meat and fish.
With wine featuring prominently in day-to-day life, there’s a vibrant bar culture blossoming in the city. The best bars in Venice come in a range of shapes and sizes, from sleek, chic cocktail bars, to unassuming watering-holes frequented by the locals. If you want some of the city’s cool vibes to rub off on you, look out for Harry’s Bar. This is the alleged-birthplace of the Bellini cocktail and a glamourous venue from which to kick off an evening out.
Equally, the Skyline rooftop bar has obviously put its tender in for one of the best bars in Rome. Sat on top of the Hilton hotel, the Skyline lives up to its name and offers outstanding views of the city, along with some superb cocktails.
For something a little quieter, visit Al Volto, one of Venice’s oldest wine bars. The wine list is more like an encyclopaedia, offering fabulous wines from across the country and around the world.