Aperitif in Venice

Venice: the perfect holiday for love-birds or for anybody who loves arts and beauty! It’s kind of surreal and charming at the same time: Gothic architecture, delicious food, shiny Murano glass, elegant locals and quaint gondoliers.

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Oh, and of course, its houses which seem to float over the lagoon, as if you were suddenly part of a fantasy movie! They call it “La Serenissima“, after its old title “the most serene republic“, and only a couple of hours after setting foot on this city/island, you realize that they couldn’t find a more suitable nickname!

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Being on holiday in Venice has its obvious perks, but being in Venice when their Carnival takes place (usually in February) is a double blessing, or an added bonus, if you please. The city will be full of locals dressed up in elaborate costumes and distinctive masks. 

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As you can see in the below pictures, the Carnival atmosphere in Venice is infectious and you cannot help but buy at least a few masks!


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One of the many things that surprised me about Venice, was the antinomy between day and night, even though I must say it was winter. The buzzing daylight streets are completely silent and empty by midnight, as we found out on our first night there.

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Around 9 pm we went out for a pizza at “Pizzeria Ae Oche” (http://www.aeoche.com) recommended to us by our Italian hotel receptionist (locals always know better). 

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Around 11 pm we went for a stroll and, to our surprise, there weren’t many people around. 

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During the day, there’s nothing better than sitting at a table outside a café (not in San Marco square if you are on a budget). 

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You will indulge in mini salty pastries and fresh mortadella lying over warm bread, entertained by funny waiters, watching the “vaporetti” and “gondole” pass by, and sipping a Spritz! Which brings me back to this article’s main topic: spritz, the typical Venetian aperitif!

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As to my research, there are 3 types of spritz. Each one differs from the other for the “mixer” and the “slice”…see below what I mean…

Spritz – type 1:

1 part white wine (or Prosecco)

1 part Aperol (medium or less sweet)

1 part Seltzer or sparkling water

a little ice, a green olive and a slice of Orange

Spritz – type 2:

1 part white wine (or Prosecco)

1 part Campari

1 part Seltzer or sparkling water

a little ice, a green olive and a slice of Lemon

Spritz – type 3:

1 part white wine (or Prosecco)

1 part San Bitter

1 part Seltzer or sparkling water

a little ice, a green olive and a slice of Lemon

A spritz can be served with “cicchetti” (Venetian appetizers). These are small portions of food (similar to Spanish tapas), typical of the Venetian cuisine, such as baccalà mantecato (creamy codfish), ham, cheese, vegetables and seafood. Or Tramezzino: a sandwitch prepared with LOADS of fillings.

If after reading this post, you are still unsure about a holiday in Venice, check out these pictures:

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  1. lydiaincucina ha detto:

    Grazie per essere passato a trovarmi!!
    Bellissime foto!
    Lydia

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  2. thesensiblescrap ha detto:

    I live in Venice, California but I’m looking forward to visiting the original Venezia next summer. I will have to make this cocktail while I read up on the city! Thanks for sharing this recipe and the photos!

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  3. Cosmo ha detto:

    …and more importantly you will have to drink a few when you in “Venezia” 🙂

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  4. thesensiblescrap ha detto:

    Assolutamente!

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  5. chrisroxxs ha detto:

    Reblogged this on Chrisroxxs.

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    1. Cosmo ha detto:

      I was there 2 years ago, but who knows, maybe I ll go back, I still have to visit Burano/Murano and Harry’s bar 😀

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  6. sassiitalytours ha detto:

    Thanks for the share! Hope to see you in Venice.

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  7. citymeetscountry ha detto:

    Mmmm apertifs in Venezia?!?!?! Bellissima! Just returned from France, now to save my pennies for Italia!

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    1. Cosmo ha detto:

      you ll love it!

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  8. apuginthekitchen ha detto:

    Love Venice, really great post and photo’s!

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