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Their Own Private Venice

Posters to our talk forums constantly encourage first-time visitors to seek out their favorite city’s more subtle charms. Some of the most colorful posts we’ve ever encountered have been about Venice, that eternally mysterious gem of a city improbably floating on a blue lagoon. Here are a few of the best threads.

Memorable Meals

Corte Sconta
“I cannot recommend it enough. If I knew you, I would take you by the hand, walk you to the door, and get you a table.” (more)

Al Gondolieri
“Make sure you’ve worked up an appetite during the day because the food here is as superb as the wine.” (more)

Alle Testiere
“There were no menus; the waiters just told you the menu of the day.” (more)

Osteria alla Botte
“A very, very casual restaurant, noisy, cramped with people in jolly spirit.” (more)

Trattoria Vino da Arturo
“I had spaghetti gorgonzola for the starter and a scallopine limone as the main plate and it was tremendous.” (more)

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Osteria Le Logge
“The meal was so good, we returned three days later and had another feast. (more)

A Perfect Night’s Sleep

Hotel Lisbona
“I absolutely loved our little balcony—it really made the stay so special.” (more)

Ca’San Trovaso
“We ponied-up for one of the canal view rooms at 130 euro/night. It was nice sleeping with the windows open.” (more)

Pensione La Calcina
“A little gem of peaceful, cool, quiet. What a relief after a day in sometimes hectic Venice.” (more)

Locanda Orseolo
“Gorgeous wood beams, Venetian red everywhere, Murano glass chandeliers and light fixtures, the stone casing in the doorways, beautiful rich fabrics and thick area rugs…”(more)

“(The hotel) is in a renovated palazzo but is a thoroughly modern Italian design hotel with high-tech amenities.” (more)

Best Buys

Mandarina Duck
“Mandarina Duck is a very popular retailer and manufacturer of trendy, fun leather bags and accessories that are (fairly) reasonably priced.” (more)

Mauro Vianello
“I have found a lovely glassmaker from Murano named Mauro Vianello. He has a shop in San Marco. You know what you’re buying from him is authentic—you can watch him making glass in his shop.” (more)

Il Papiro
“For marbled paper and other beautiful paper items…they are exquisitely made.” (more)

Photo credits: (1) Jeremy Keith; (2) courtesy of J Rawls; (3) courtesy of Roberto Picco

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