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Is there anything more romantic than losing yourself in Venice? The world’s most magical city is a tangle of quiet streets, each instincts guide through the calli and the campi, over the city’s bridges and into its breathtaking churches. And seeing the view of the lagoon at with a story and a treasure to be discovered. The best means of transportation is your feet, so wear comfortable shoes and let your sunset is an unforgettable experience. Summer is a great time to visit, but it does get hot, but to take a break from the heat and refresh yourself, there’s always the Lido beach, one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Italy.
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The ancient Jewish quarter of Venice was named after the old foundry (getto) that once stood here. This was the first ghetto ever created, and Jews were forced to live here from 1516 until the 1800s. Now, the large central campo is the perfect place to take a break from the hordes of tourists. It’s quiet and shady, and so well preserved that it’s not hard to half shut your eyes and imagine the daily life of its inhabitants in centuries past. The ghetto is also home to a Jewish Museum of Venice, found in a unique architectural complex that includes two tiny synagogues.
Ask any local about nightlife in Venice, and the immediate response will undoubtedly be Campo Santa Margherita, the post-sunset party destination for local university students, and you can’t claim to have sampled the real essence of this city until you’ve had at least one spritz here. As soon as the sun goes down, join the Venetians as they sip drinks at one of the tables of brand-new La Bagolada, a fun music café hosting frequent live gigs and serving light Mexican snacks. If you can’t find it, just follow your ears, it’s by far the loudest bar on the campo!
Tradition meets the modern world in this brand new restaurant, Graspo de Ua, offering – in the chef’s own words – “Italian and Venetian style food”. The dish to try is bigoli in salsa, whole-wheat spaghetti with sardines and onions, or the fried cod with vegetable flan. Wine lovers can count on more than 200 labels, and light tasting menus are also available. It’s not the cheapest place in Venice, but the classy atmosphere makes it worth it. And if you’re travelling with kids, keep in mind that under 12s get a 50% discount on their meal.