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More Venice

Masks in a Venice Shop A week in Venice goes by very quickly! Even without the museums and other attractions, simply walking around the city offers enough diversion that the days fly in a series of beautiful images.

Sardines in Rialto marketOf couse, visiting the mask shops was a must for us, since Wrens Day is coming up quickly, and what better costume for this year than a mask from Venice?

It is a bit surprising to me how strong tourism is here that even in the end of October, the place is packed with us. I cant even imagine what it is like here in Summer. Anyway… 

For any foodie, the market in Rialto is a visual treat, and lunch today will come from the chunks of fresh tuna bought there along with fresh fennel and other vegetables.

Gondolier on the phoneIn terms of ice cream, Gelateria Nico in Zattere has been the best so far, and it is a perfect place to grab an ice cream for a stroll to see the gondolas being fixed in the boatyard or a wander along the lagoon.

It must be said that most of the ice cream around the place is utter junk, the then again, that is the case in most places…

La Zucca RestaurantThe best meal has been in La Zucca, a delightful restaurant with good vegetarian options as well as the usual meats, etc. The pumpkin flan (not a dessert) is worth a trip in itself, and the desserts are definitely weighted toward the chocoholic (happy days!)

Today, I think, will be a lazy day, and I will get some work done on the book. On the other hand, there is the Venice Biennale on at the moment, and it certainly is tempting to go wander the pavillions and soak in some (more) art…

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4 Responses to “More Venice”

  1. October 24th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Grainne says:

    Venice is one of those places that has tourists all year around, I was there at the end of August and despite the miserable weather the place was packed. I didn’t stay in Venice I stayed in Mestre which is about 10-15mins on the bus. On my last night in Mestre I had dinner in one of the restaurants on one of the main squares, I couldn’t understand why there were queues all night outside this one particular ice-cream place, when I went to check it out I discovered that these guys had set up shop there http://www.grom.it/eng/pages/dove_mestre.htm

    They are also based in Turin which was where I first tried their ice-cream and I thought it was gorgeous

  2. October 24th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    lorraine@italianfoodies says:

    Still jealous!!

  3. October 25th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Cian says:

    Stunning pictures!

  4. October 30th, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Kieran says:

    Thanks for the link, Grainne! That looks tasty indeed. Maybe next time I wont simply pass by Mestre!

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