An aperitif with a view

A moment of rest and relaxation during long strolls through the city while you plan your itinerary for the next day.

In Venice, the aperitif is a ritual for locals, and even more so for holidaymakers. There are many places serving up spritzes. Among my favourites are the many bars along the wonderful Zattere promenade, or in front of the Giudecca, where you can sip your spritz while taking in the view and topping up your tan in the sun.

Another place I like is the bar inside the Correr Museum. With its windows overlooking Piazza San Marco, you’ll find almost no Venetians there because it’s inside the museum, but what’s nice about the bar is that you can go in without having to enter the museum- although I would recommend a tour.

Those who want to enjoy a view of the city can go to the roof terrace at the Fontego dei Tedeschi, also known today as Tfondaco. A veritable fashion superstore stocking all the most famous and important designer labels, you can access its beautiful, top-floor terrace, with its panoramic views of the Grand Canal and the city, free of charge. The flow of people going up to the terrace is regulated, so you may have to wait if it gets busy. After the exhilaration of this Venetian rooftop vista, you can sit at the bar inside the courtyard and have an aperitif when you go back down.

For a quick but tasty snack, there’s a wide selection of starters and mains at Calle della Bissa, a stone’s throw from Rialto, where you’ll find a delicatessen offering fairly priced, good quality starters and mains to eat either standing or seated.

Those who wish to escape the city-centre crowds can go to the Lido and take a bus to the small hamlet of Malamocco where, in a corner of old Venice, you can enjoy good fish and home-made creamed dried salt cod while admiring the lagoon.

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