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Venice guide: History, Culture and Bacaro’s like a local

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People often ask me for advice on what to do and what to see beyond the “classic multi-visited” touristic destinations of Venice.
Sometimes it is difficult to talk about the things we love most, and the same accounts for me as a long-time inhabitant of Venice.
Talking about one of the most known cities in the world for its beauty, romanctic atmoshphere and incredible structure is difficult for those who have lived intensely there for several years.

On the other hand it is necessary to let people know its beauty, especially in a period in which the city is recovering from the post-pandemic tourism crisis.
All this tourism, obviously, with due respect for the case, maintaining a behavior of “conscious tourism”. This counts especially for Venice, which is a city in Italy that, not surprisingly, is defined as “As beautiful as it is fragile”.

Here is a short guide for those who want to orient themselves not only among the most famous and symbolic places of the lagoon, walking and admiring the city among its streets and canals, but also visiting “bacari”, restaurants and museums which, for those who do not usually know the city as a “local“, it would be difficult to meet.

Venice guide: Let’s get started

For those who didn’t know, Venice is divided into six districts (respectively: Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello), then adding Giudecca.
For this reason, the indicated places will be divided by specifying the district in which they are located.
Here they are, have a nice visit. Let us know what your favourite place was by using the #inthemed on your instagram pictures!

Venice Guide: Typical Restaurants & Taverns

For those who want to eat typical Venetian dishes, in some of the places attended also by local people:

Not on a budget: Chique eating in Venice

Some restaurants where you can eat well and with a view. They are in a slightly higher price range: for those looking for a more exclusive experience.

Venice Guide: Bacari Bars

This is a well-know Venetian ritual. The so-called Baraco Tour. This is a walk along various Venetian Bacari’s (Bars), where you can enjoy glasses of wine or “spritz” accompanied by “cichetti “(Croutons of fish, meat or cheeses of different varieties).

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Venice Guide: Museums

Venice has an increadible artistic heritage. Here are some of the most important museums of the city. Don’t only enjoy their aesthetic beauty but also for their collections of historical artworks.

  • Gallerie dell’Accademia
  • Ca’ Pesaro
  • Peggy Guggenheim
  • Museo Correr
  • Palazzo Ducale
  • Ca’ Rezzonico
  • Palazzo Fortuny
  • Museo di Storia Naturale
  • Museo ebraico
  • Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro
  • Palazzo Grassi
  • Punta della Dogana
  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia
  • Scuola grande di San Rocco

Venice Guide: Galleries

Speaking about art, but moving towards the contemporary: in fact, despite its history and its past, Venice remains open to the present, always staying up-to-date on the current panorama. Here are some of the contemporary art galleries:

  • Marignana Arte
  • Michela Rizzo
  • Alberta Pane
  • Victoria Miro
  • Caterina Tognon
  • Ikona Venezia
  • Dorothea Vanderkoelen
  • Beatrice Burati Anderson
  • Marina Bastianello
  • Spazio Berlendis

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Written by Claudia Spinato

Claudia, from Venice.
I've always been a passionate writer, the thing that makes me happiest in life is traveling. I started to share this passion writing some guides, to promote a conscious and sustainable way of travel. I promote a mediterranean and sustainable way of life on social media and writing articles, because I think that the most important thing is not only care about this thing, but also to share it with people. My motto is: "Experiences mean nothing if you don't have the words, or the ways to express them". Travel in a different way, making it conscious

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