A non-exhaustive and entirely subjective guide to Venice

I — Food

  • If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan then you will probably struggle a bit, I’m sorry: I mean it’s not not doable, but absolutely look at menus before you book somewhere because I have been to numerous restaurants that did not have a single vegetarian main on their menu, which I sort of respect in a way? Unaccomodating queens.
  • This is going to be very specific but traditional dish sarde in saor — sardines with pickled onions and dried raisins — sounds utterly foul but is actually wonderful. I didn’t try it for ages because I thought I’d hate it but it’s great. Further tip: gamberi in saor is even better, in my opinion.

II- Drinks

  • If you like aperol spritz you should absolutely order at least one spritz select, which is allegedly like aperol but nicer. I do not like aperol spritz so cannot personally confirm or deny this.
  • Do not have a spritz cynar even if you like spritzes, or perhaps think that the idea of an artichoke liqueur is quite chic, as I did. A friend and I tried it and it was utterly foul. As she put it at the time, after wincing, “it tastes like pickled soil”. Still, it’s the proper local drink so you know, you can try it as a one time thing if you really want.
  • Re. cicchetti, you should definitely have baccala mantecato. You can google it if you want to know what it is, I can’t be bothered explaining it, but I can tell you that it’s extremely good.

III- The Islands

  • I would not recommend trying to do the Murano/Burano/Torcello combo on a weekend. I tried that once, somewhat resentfully, when my relatives were in town and we got to Murano fine but the queue to then get to Burano was the longest I’ve seen in my whole time in Venice. That is my warning to you.

IV- Generic tourist stuff

V- Bonus round

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The Sunday Sport once called me a 'less-than-original sex person'.

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