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Your man in Venice

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First Pepo channel providng an insder's guide to the most romantic and unique city in the world.

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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
What in Venice is a Maria de tola? Find out here: http://m.me/myvenexia
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Today I've been visiting a city known to Italians as la grassa, la dotta, la rossa (the fat, the educated, the red). Any guesses where?
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Mikael Molin 8 months ago
Bologna!
Luca Marchiori 8 months ago
Bravo!
In the summer, the Doge's Palace in Venice is open until 23h on Friday and Saturday evenings. It's a great opportunity to enjoy the palace without the crowds, and to catch a glimpse of sunset from the world-famous Bridge of Sighs.
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Jason Goldberg 9 months ago
Beautiful
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
The day began with one of these: a sfogliatella ... typical neapolitan pastry with lemon cream inside.
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Good morning from Napoli. Off
in search of coffee (not covfefe) and the best sfogliatelle in town.
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Jason Goldberg 9 months ago
Let us know what you eat there!
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
I sure will ... I know it will be a lot! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Your man in Venice is about to become Your man in Napoli for the weekend.
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Ignas Peฤiลซra 9 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Venice, Italy
What's the best season to visit Venice? Doesn't have to be super hot - just a right time before or after tourist surge (if that's possible).
That's a great question. Since Venice is a city you really should see on foot, you really don't want it to be hot. On the other hand, winter can be quite foggy which is disappointing if you are only here for a few days. To my mind the period between Carnival and Easter is the best, since the weather is usually fine and the number of tourists drop dramatically.
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Cecilia Burns 9 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hello there - can you recommend good places to stay in Venice that is central but not luxury? Planning on visiting for 3 days.
Hi there, are you looking specifically for a hotel? If not, and you are travelling in company I would heartily recommend Airbnb where there are some breathtaking properties at the moment. Avoid the sestiere di San Marco and you should be OK. All of Venice is 'central' as it's a small city.
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Jason Goldberg 9 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Venice, Italy
Is a weekend long enough to visit Venice? What would you recommend for 3 days there?
Three days would be a good introduction to the city. What to do would depend on whether it was your first time and what you are interested in. You should avoid the area around the Piazza di San Marco during the daytime but visit it in the evening to avoid the crowds. Then pick at least one gallery, one church, and get on the water. For galleries and churches, again avoid the big names and visit some of the lesser-known but equally impressive ones. I would recommend the Palazzo Querini Stampalia which has a great collection and is in an amazing old building, and the churches of S. Giovanni in Bragora and S. Zaccaria (both stuffed full of top-quality art and free). To
get on the water take a vaporetto (line 1) from the train station to the Piazza di S. Marco to see the whole
of the Grand Canal (a must for first timers) or if you are in a group, hire a gondola: โ‚ฌ80 for 30 mines but for up to 6 people, so potentially economical per head. For aimless wandering, pick one of the quieter districts: S. Croce or Castello would be my picks. And drink prosecco and eat cicchetti at Cantine del Vino giร  Schiavi and ice-cream at Suso (google them both for directionsโ€”mobile phone gps works a treat in Venice ... mostly).
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What your #1 fave authentic local restaurant in Venice?
There are a few, but I think my top pick would have to be Osteria ai Carmini, a small place, at lunchtime packed with workersโ€”always a good sign in Italyโ€”with 100 per cent Venetian food and draught prosecco. Top pick dish would be the spaghetti al nero di seppia (with squid ink).
https://www.google.it/search?q=osteria+ai+carmini&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=it-it&client=safari&dlnr=1&sei=R7shWbiUA4_HwQLW8ZiQCw#dlnr=1&fpstate=lie
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Sunday morning: time to rent a bike and take a trip to the Lido.
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Saturday afternoon, in high season in the most visited city in the world: in Venice it's always possible to escape
the crowds if you know where to go.
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
And for lunch ... cichรจti and spritz!
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
The solution? Go and see one of the myriad free art installations around the city for the Biennale.
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Breakfast over: what to do in Venice on a rainy spring morning?
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Picnic-friendly squares can be found in Venice, if you know where to look.
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Venice is divided into six + one districts, known as 'sestieri' literally sixths. Each one has its own distinctive character to explore. The most famous, and the only one visited by many tourists is San Marco . How many others can you name?
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
That pleasure is a mozzarella in carozza all'acciugheโ€”a deep-fried, battered cheese sandwich with anchovies inside. A calorie bomb, but in Venice you'll walk it off in no time. Buon appetito!
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Most Venetians would think it
worth negotiating the crowds of tourists in the Rialto area of the city, to take a trip to the Rosticceria Gislon and partake of a guilty pleasure. That pleasure ... ?
Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
So, a little about myself. I was born in Venice. My mother is English and so when I was a small child my family moved to the UK where I was educated but I visited Venice, and Italy regularly to see my extended family. Although I have moved around a lot in my adult life (I've lived in fabulous France and sleepy Switzerland) I'm now back in Italy. I am a professional editor and writer for academic books but also food and travel. Here's a recent sample of an article I wrote aboutโ€”you guessed itโ€”Venice. http://www.greatitalianchefs.com/features/fish-varieties-venice
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
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6pm in Venice. That means bells o'clock!
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Spritz, a mixture of alcohol, prosecco, and a dash of soda water is the archetypal Venetian drink. Most famously, it's made with Apรฉrol, but I favour Cynar, a drink made from artichokes, as the base.
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Venice is currently holding its International Art Festival, known as the Biennale. Watch for more posts of pop-up art around the city such as these massive arms rising out of the Grand Canal by artist Lorenzo Quinn.
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Luca Marchiori 9 months ago
Welcome to Inside Venice a new Pepo channel all about this amazing city. Read my experiences, share yours, and help me make this the #1 Venice channel on Pepo.