Restaurants and pubs in Paris and Brussels and the best hiking trails in Lake Como
We are glad to hear that all the nitty gritty has been taken care of, and we can move to the fun part, exploring the cities through its attractions, activities and cuisines. Below I will be guiding you through Rome, Florence and Venice. Since my colleague has already given you an itinerary for most cities, I went ahead and suggest a few of the must see places, a few offbeat ones and of course, the fantastic gastronomical offerings.
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A trip to Europe is indeed incomplete without a visit to Rome, one of the world's most beautiful cities. The city is replete with architectural gems and myriad attractions. Some of them are widely popular, while the others not so well known among the foreign visitors. However, each and every attraction in this city is definitely worth-seeing.
Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy (Source: clayirving)
Apart from its regular and offbeat attractions, the fountains of this city are definitely worth a mention. Some of the notable fountains include the magical Trevi fountain - where it's believed that you absolutely must throw a coin over your shoulder with your back to the fountain for luck and a well earned return visit to Rome, the Fontana del Tritone of Piazza Barberini, the Fontana delle Naiadi of Piazza della Republica and the Fontana delle Tartarughe at Piazza Mattei, famous for the bronze turtles lining it's upper basin.
Fontana delle Tartarughe (Source: yab994)
The Basilica di San Pietro, which is considered to be the heart of Catholicism in Rome, is a popular religious attraction of the city. This is the largest church in the world and is built on the site where Saint Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus was buried. The basilica dominates the skyline of Rome, and apart from being the home of the Pope, it is also famous as a pilgrimage site for devout Catholics.
Basilica di San Pietro (Source: edwin.11)
Since my day in Vatican started with the museum tour, followed by Sistine Chapel, I didn't have to wait in line again to enter the basilica. St. Peter's Basilica is beautiful, I was in awe when I walked in and came face to face with the details of everything inside here - the artwork, paintings, wood carvings, statues, etc.
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We arrived early on Sunday morning where there was no queue. Best to go early in the morning - 1st = no queue 2nd = you have more time to explore. And you might catch the pope as well! The magnitude of the entire square is absolutely magnificent and awesome. But when we were there, they were having some renovation hence the pictures didn't turn out that nice. It is like a museum by itself with all the architecture and art. An eye-opener!
Saint Peter's Basilica (Source: Benson Kua)
Address: CITTA' DEL VATICANO
Contact no: 066 9883731
Getting here: Nearest metro is from Ottaviano-San Pietro. Bus nos. 23, 34, 40 & 271 are available
Opening timings: Daily from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Admission fees: $13
The Colosseum is another prominent sight in the city. Built in 72 A.D.by the Flavian emperors, it has become an iconic landmark. The stadium can seat around 55,000 spectators which was a marvellous achievement in the medieval times. It's grisly history as a gladiator arena notwithstanding, the Colosseum is a top draw for tourists visiting Rome.
The Colosseum (Source: jimmyharris)
Reviews by visitors:
Words cannot do the Coliseum justice. So unbelievable this was constructed when it was and the site of Ancient Rome is walking distance. We hired an Italian guide who spoke perfect English. We loved it!
The Colosseum is surrounded by the ancient Roman town and is therefore very easy to reach. In Rome for a few euros you can easily but not quickly get there by taxi. There is also the possibility of a bus but the best option is still underground. From the main station Termini you come in once stop at the Colosseum, a few meters away from the Colosseum itself. The area offers plenty to do, for example, you can visit the Roman Forum or near one of the typical Italian cafes or bars have a drink or lunch.
Colosseum (Source: Sebastian Bergmann)
Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Contact no: +39 06 3996 7700
Getting here: Nearest metro is from Colosseo. Bus nos. 85, 87, 117, 186, 850 are available.
Opening timings: Daily from 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.
Admission fees: $15
The Villa d'Este is an offbeat attraction, lcoated in Tivoli. The Villa itself is not as beautiful and striking as its gardens and fountains are. Some of the notable fountains in this estate include the Viale delle Cento Fontane, the Giovanni Bernini's fountains, the Fontana di Biccierone, the Fontana dei Draghi, Villa Gregoriana etc.The fact that the villa and the surrounding estate has been chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site should say it all!
Italy-Roma - Creative Commons by gnuckx (Source: gnuckx)
Here's a review:
The terraces are a delight to wander with beautiful fountains at every turn. It was built as a water garden because the pope who owned it wanted symbolism with the water and every lasting life. There is a outside terrace when you can have a snack and when we were there the glycine was in full flower and looked stunning. Not to be missed if you're a gardener. The view over Rome was pretty good as well.
Villa d'Este Brunnen / Tivoli (Source: Neo_II)
Address: Piazza Trento, 1 00019 Tivoli ,Roma
Contact no:0774 312070
Getting here: By bus from Roma-Tivoli
Opening timings: Tue-Sun; From 8:30 a.m. till sunset.
Admission fees: $7
The Roman Forum is another offbeat yet beautiful attraction.Originally a marsh, the ancient Romans drained the area and built a bustling commercial center instead. The forum served as the civic center in the ancient days, and there were a number of important buildings here along with a market place. Of these, the arch of Titus and the arch of Septimius Severus still stand today and are a popular attraction.
Foro Romano (Source: edwin.11)
Review by a guest:
I loved this place so much, it was so unique and unsettling to see such ancient beauty. I went to Rome on a Contiki trip and we got a tour of all of the ruins, it was so amazing. I actually walked by the place where Julius Ceasar was burned! I cant wait to go back
Roman Forum (Source: HarshLight)
Address: via dei Fori Imperiali
Contact no: +39 06 3996 7700
Getting here: Metro from Colosseo; By bus to Via dei Fori Imperiali or Piazza Venezia.
Opening timings: Daily from 8:30 a.m. till 7 p.m.
Admission fees: $10
The Capuchin Crypt is a collection of small chapels under the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini church, situated near Piazza Barberini in Rome. The crypts house the skeletal remains of the Capuchin friars, and while some might find it a not too palatable sight, the display in no way is intended to be gory. In keeping with Catholic traditions, the remains of the friars are supposed to be a somber reminder of the passage of Life and the eventuality of death.
a crypt at the bone church (Source: Pirate Alice)
The webiste Viator reiterates this:
Some people find it macabre and some find it a celebration of life on earth. The Capuchin order of Franciscan monks (whose crypt it is) consider it a homage and reminder of the swift passage of life on earth.
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Address: Via Vittorio Veneto
Contact no: 06 4871185
Getting here: By metro from Barberini Fontana di Trevi
Opening timings: Daily from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Closed on Thursday.
Admission fees: $1.31
Rome does not disappoint when it comes to food. And their pride in their wines will leave you with some wonderful tastes on your palate. Take a pick!
Rome visit, June 2008 - 76 (Source: Ed Yourdon)
Da Remo is one of those pizza al taglio shops that has delighted customers for years and has always managed to stay the same. For more than 40 years, Remo has been baking some of the best pizza not just in Rome but in entire Italy. Located just around the corner from the Pantheon, Da Remo is a must visit when you are in Rome. Remo's crispy, mouth watering pizza made with salame, zucca (pumpkin) and pancetta (bacon) are popular flavors among the locals.
Pizza (Source: Kenski1970)
Some pizza-eating tips from the experts:
Arrive at this classic Roman pizzeria before 8pm or be prepared to queue for its scrocchiarella (crispy thin crust) Roman-style pizza. Take a pass on the fritti, which are nothing much to write home about, and start with a plate of beans instead, the old-school approach to Roman pizza meals. The flat and crispy pizzas, which are made in a wood-burning oven, are designed to hold few toppings â€“ meaning here it's the simple pizzas that are best. The margherita and marinara pies are consistently excellent and served by brisk, casual waiters who are quick to flirt and crack jokes. There is outdoor seating in the summer, a veritable necessity considering the heat of the pizza oven.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-8pm, Sat 11:30am-3pm
Price: 9-15 Euro
Address and contact: Via Piè di Marmo, 32, Rome 00186 I Phone: 066785812
Since you might be visiting the Villa d'Este as we suggested, here's a restaurant that you should try out on the trip. The L’Antica Trattoria del Falcone is situated in the medieval centre of the town, offering high-quality ancient traditional Italian cuisine at convenient prices. The ambiance, the service, the staff, and the food will all make sure that your trip is totally worthwhile!
Meat - Roast Duck (Source: avlxyz)
Here's a review that I read online:
One of the town's better choices lies in the historic core on the main artery leading off Largo Garibaldi. Because of its location, it attracts a lot of visitors, but that doesn't mean that it's a tourist trap. Far from it. The food is regionally inspired by a kitchen that specializes in market-fresh ingredients. Specialties include perfectly grilled fish from the sea as well as saltimbocca. Mixed roast meats, done over the coals, are our favorites. Another dish we like is homemade crespella, like a rolled pancake. It's stuffed with ricotta, nuts, and fresh spinach.
L’Antica Trattoria del Falcone
Address: Via Trevio, 34, 00019 Tivoli Roma, Italy
Phone No: +39 0774 312358
Gelatto Classico - Dessert (Source: VirtualErn)
Discover the best foods in Rome at restaurants and specialty food shops that locals cherish, but few tourists know about. This guided walking tour takes you way off the beaten path and into one of Rome's most historic and non-touristy neighborhoods to indulge in fabulous food, encounter the people behind the city's oldest culinary traditions, and uncover hidden cultural landmarks.
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Another thing that you should definitely not miss while in Rome is the "Real Taste of Rome Tour" - where you will be taken around the streets of Rome to the typically Roman neighbourhoods to taste the variety that Rome has on offer. Authentic Roman cuisine and a visit to trattorias, outdoor markets, gourmet shops, bakeries and gelato shops - are a highlight and I'm sure you will have a fun journey!
Here's what a previous tourist who took the tour had to say:
A great morning in the real Rome, Kenny is a great host and very knowledgeable, and I would highly recommend it to anyone going to Rome, the Market area is a great experience and to be able to eat as the locals eat is surely what every visitor wants. We would definitely go on another tour when again in Rome.
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Address: Via Amerigo Vespucci, 16, 00153 Roma, Italy
Contact: +39 392 871 0212
Welcome to the splendid city of Florence! Capital of Tuscany region of Italy, this incredible city will enthral your senses. It is one of the most culturally rich cities in the word and the amount of art, architecture and tradition at display will simply leave you spellbound by its amazing charm.
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There is no better way to start your trip than by visiting Palazzo Pitti which is a 15th century palace located in the southern banks of River Arno. This amazing palace is one of the foremost attractions of Florence and is one of the finest examples of renaissance architecture. The whole complex houses six museums most notable of them being the Museo degli Argenti (Silver Museum), the Galleria del Costume (Costume Gallery displaying fashion and theatrical costumes from the 16th century to the present), the elaborately built Museo delle Carrozze (Carriage Museum).
Here is what Frommers has to say:
Though the original, much smaller Pitti Palace was a Renaissance affair probably designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, that palazzo is completely hidden by the enormous Mannerist mass we see today. Inside is Florence's most extensive set of museums, including the Galleria Palatina, a huge painting gallery second in town only to the Uffizi, with famous works by Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Titian, and Rubens. When Luca Pitti died in 1472, Cosimo de' Medici's wife, Eleonora of Toledo, bought this property and unfinished palace to convert into the new Medici home
Admission- 8.50€ per eprson
Next up head to the one of the oldest and most grand art museum of the western world, the Uffizi Gallery. This famous museum is the most visited art gallery in Florence mainly owing to the quality and quantity of art on display. Housed in a 16th century complex, this place is a visual delight with the finest works of the renaissance period on display
We decided to go check out the Uffizi because of its large renaissance collection. I've been told that there are lines to get tickets when it is in season but we were able to just walk up and get tickets. It is a pretty simple museum setup, you start at one end, 13th century art and go from room to room and the building is in the shape of a U all the way to the 17th century. I would recommend an audioguide if you are doing a tour, only because there are so many works of art.
Address-Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
Tel- 055 238 86 51
Admission-8.15am-6.50pm Tue-Sun (last entrance 6pm)
In the end head to the Palazzo Vecchio, which is the iconic town hall of Florence. Symbol of the greatness of the city, this Romanesque, crenelated fortress is one the finest of all town halls in Tuscany and houses Michelangelo's David and Donatello's Judith and Holocene’s. This is a perfect way to sum up your visit to this incredible city.
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Here is an insight from Wikipedia:
This massive, Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, it is one of the most significant public places in Italy.
This is perhaps Florence's most popular attraction. The Cattedrale de Santa Maria del Fiore is a mammoth Gothic duomo (cathedral) for which work began in 1296 and consecrated in 1436. It holds 20,000 people. Its exterior, which is made of green, pink, and white marble, has numerous intricately designed doors and quite a few intriguing statues. Brunelleschi's Dome o the inside is one masterpiece of a construction.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo di Firenze) (Source: Rodrigo Soldon)
Amidst all this hectic sight-seeing,take a break from the overwhelming art and history of Florence by spending an hour or two at Giardini di Boboli, located behind the Pitti Palace.
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Even this garden is decorated with the various sculptures and antiquities dating back to the 16th to the 18th centuries.
A visitor remarks:
The Boboli Gardens, built in the heart of Florence from Fort Belvedere and the Medici palace of the Pitti Palace, is a monumental park of the highest dramatic effect, considered one of the best examples, perhaps the grandest of those plants that have contributed to consolidate the type of classical Italian garden.
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Location: Giardini di Boboli, Pitti Palace, Firenze, Italy
Opening times: All year, Daily (except first and last Monday of each month), 9am to closing (varies according to season)
Admission - 6 Euros
For a taste of the no-frills side of the local lifestyle, check out Mercato Nuovo. Here you'll find tourist kitsch and genuine leather goods and artifacts. Very lively atmosphere and a great place to mingle with the jovial locals.
Palermo, Ballarò (Source: Ruggero Poggianella)
Below are three superb restaurants you could visit in Florence.
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Enoteca Pinchiorri is an expensive restaurant in Florence that is famous for its authentic Italian food as well as their wine cellar. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, pastas, pizzas, risottos, desserts etc.
The wine list includes a variety of precious Bas Armagnac, Cognac, Whisky and Rum. A visit to the wine cellar is an amazing activity. You have to be here to get the feel of the place.
Risotto (Source: Chasqui (Luis Tamayo))
Here is a guest review:
I used to live in Florence as a student and I dreamed of coming here one day. I managed to achieve that just last week. What a a fabulously unforgettable experience. From the entrance, the staff welcomes you inside to the beautifully decorated palazzo. The service staff, the wine list (to die for), the menu (everything looks delectable), the dessert, plus the amuses-bouches that are served in-between courses, and a surprise dessert tray full of marvelous treats....and to top it off, a surprise souvenir to take back....everything was dream-like and perfect til the last minute. On top of that, the very handsome Maitre-D and Sommelier! Perfetto! Highly recommended for birthdays and anniversaries. Grazie per la bellisima esperienza da voi!
Address: Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze, Italy
Tele: +39 055 242757
Open Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
Rates: $150.00 - $300.00
No trip to Italy can be completed without trying 'The Italian Pizza' and what better place than Il Pizzaiuolo where you can find all sort of pizzas from margherita to pepperoni all at reasonable prices. Taste the authentic pizza from Napoli. It is said that Napoli is the birthplace of Pizza, so you could not have chosen a better place to have food. Advance booking is necessary as the place is quite small and fills up fast.
Il Pizzaiuolo (Source: star5112)
Here is a guest review:
love the Neapolitan style pizzas here, the simplest margherita is delicious with mozzarella di bufala - quite crowded all the time so reservations are highly recommended. It is also small and tends to be noisy so don't expect intimate conversation at this place
(Source: GOOGLE Reviews)
Address: Via de' Macci, 113, Florence 50122, Italy
Tele: +39 055 241 171
Open Hours: 12:00 - 00:30
Rates: $21.00 per entree
Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori ranks fifth on Tripadvisor's list of restaurants in Florence. I thought it would be a fancy place but it is apparently an unpretentious one-room wood and brick structure with the day's menu scribbled hastily on a blackboard and it claims to serve the best flavors and wines. Their beef dishes are to die for and so are the biscottis they serve for dessert that are to be dipped in sweet wine.
You can't go wrong with this one where the fare is traditonal, the service warm, the wines plentiful and the prices great!
Spagetti integral con funghi porcini (Source: Silverman68)
Here is a guest review:
Everything others write on TripAdvisor is true! We went here with my family after reading reviews on TripAdvisor, and it was more than worth it! This is an amazing small restaurant with a lot of charm and excellent food!
The food is fresh, so the menu changes from day to day. The menu is hand-written in Italian, but the very friendly waiter translated the whole menu for us and recommended different courses. The food was excellent prepared and the meal was the cheapest we had in Florence – very good value for your money!
Address: Via dei Magazzini 3r, Florence 50100, Italy
Tele: +39 055-293-045
Open Hours: 09:00 - 23:00
Rates: $5.00 onwards
Venice! The first thing that comes to your mind are the gondolas. Just as the sun is about to set, grab some particularly delectable sandwiches from the ever so popular Harry's Bar, chilled prosecco, and hop on for a gondola ride with a dear one along the Grand Canal for an experience to last a lifetime.
Canal street (Source: empopempo)
Venice is one of man's most brilliant creations set on water. And what better way to savor its true flavor than visiting it by boat?
The city's main waterway is undoubtedly the Grand Canal. Flanked by beautiful Renaissance palaces, picturesque gardens, magnificent churches and quaint bridges, there couldn't be a better way to soak in these delightful sights than from the comfort of your own boat. This arterial canal is perpetually buzzing with traffic. You'll find luxurious motorboats zipping past to the public-friendly, utilitarian vaporetti (water buses) who honk and halt a lot. But both these certainly don't qualify as relaxed, romantic options.
Coming to the rescue are the humble gondolas, chugging at a leisurely pace in the quieter, smaller canals off from the main branch. This traditional form of transport does not come cheap, but lets you absorb the timeless essence of Venice. You could opt for a nocturnal cruise down the charming canals with serenading gondoliers adding to the magic of the trip. A privately chartered gondola costs $462.92/ € 337.50 for 40 minutes. You could also request the organizers to customize your package and arrange for wine, food and flowers to make this journey an unforgettable one. Click here for more details on the tour.
Gliding through Venice's liquid streets in a semi-private gondola would cost you € 85 per person. The tour departs in the afternoons only and lasts for forty minutes, ending at a Venetian restaurant for an early dinner. Click here to know more.
Venice. (Source: Mark Guim)
Venice is an art-lover's paradise where the great masters of the art world have been immortalized in virtually every museum and gallery crowding the city. But, if you wish to soak in all these delights at one go, there couldn't be a better venue than Gallerie dell'Accademia. It houses a comprehensive collection of Byzantine and Gothic paintings from the fourteenth century. Then come the masterpieces crafted by Renaissance greats like Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian and Giambattista Tiepolo and finally, you have 18th. century landscape artists like Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto and Longhi along with other contemporary artists making a solid impression.
Here's a great review on this important art repository.
Address: Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro n. 1050 - Venice
Phone: (+39) 041 5200345
Hours: Tue- Sun 8:15- 19:15; Mon 8:15 to 2:00 (Last entrance 45 mins before closing)
Ticket: € 7.50 per adult
Titian - The Penitent Magdalene (Source: Marshall Astor)
We're all familiar with the pretty picture of Venice as a romantic paradise. But under the blindness of night the city adorns a mysterious and spooky charm. Take part in the Venice Ghost Walking Tour to experience this unknown side of Venice. Lasting 90 minutes accompanying an expert storyteller you will get to explore the hidden backstreets of the city while listening to fascinating ghost stories and interesting history.
For details go here.
Here's a review:
I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour because I got to see parts of Venice that I wouldn't ordinarily see and heard a lot of good stories. I'm glad that I got to see Marco Polo's house which I never would have found on my own. The tour guide was excellent and I would highly recommend this tour.
Rate: $25 - $30
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
The seat of Ducal power since the ninth century, Doge's Palace is a fabulously-restored Gothic marvel flanking the historic city square. Also called the Palazzo Ducale, this impressive monument boasts of eclectic ornamentation such as delicately frescoed walls, gilded ceilings, and intricately carved statues and friezes. Paintings by the greats of the Venetian art scene like Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto dot the many small museums in the opulent complex .
The palace was also part fortress and housed a dreary dungeon for prisoners that can be accessed through one of Venice's most famous bridges, the Bridge of Sighs.
Here's a fitting tribute to this grand edifice:
"I cried with excitement"
I came to the Ducal Palace after spending the Piazza San Marco and it really overwhelmed me with so much art, pompous grandeur, mixed with canal view and the history of "lived". I guarantee a strong emotion. It was magical.
(Source: Ducal Palace in Venice)
Address: 1 San Marco, 30124 Venice. Public Entrance: Port of Wheat, Piazzetta San Marco
Phone: +39 0412715911
Fax: +39 04152850281
Hours: 8.30 - 17.30 (Last entrance 1 hour before closing)
Tickets: € 16 per adult for combined entry to the palace, Correr Museum and 2 other attractions. Click here for further details.
Largest Oil Painting in the World. (Source: Dennis Jarvis)
Just a two-hour train ride from Venice, Lake Garda is situated at the base of the Dolomites Alpine region and offers breath taking natural scenery and a wide variety of activities. Sports such at kiteboarding and wind-surfing should keep energetic travelers busy, while late-night shopping, fine dining and fashionable night-spots mean there is something to satisfy all tastes.
Jetty at Lake Garda (Source: Spencer Wright)
Lake Garda is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations. Tyroleans and Bavarians regard it as a home away from home a few hours' drive to the south, while the advent of cheaper flights to the many nearby airports has increased the attraction for those hailing from the north of Europe.
Lake Garda, Italy (Source: Lake Garda, Italy)
For more info on Lake Garda click here
Venice has a number of good restaurants serving various cuisines ranging from the local Italian to the Mediterranean as well as the Intercontinental cuisines.
jujubes at the Venice Farmers' Market (Source: kthread)
Although expensive, Ai Mercanti serves excellent Italian cuisine along with a pleasant and relaxing romantic atmosphere. With a quite different menu, this place may be considered the best if you would like to enjoy a candle-light dinner with your loved one. The staff here is cordial and attentive. Provisions for outdoor seating is also available.
Suggestion: Try out the "Monkfish".
Monkfish (Source: wEnDy)
Hear it from a foodie:
This fine italian eatery put the stars in our eyes, being out one gets a sense of who truly is passionate about their art and who's just doing numbers of passing tourists. Being Italian and eating well all my life I can tell an imitation, and the product and passion at this level just can not be faked. BRAVO GUYS !!! This team is truly stellar and flawless in every regard!! Every bite was magical and something new, the staff polished, knowlegeable, freindly and ready to exchange on all levels, it was truly our BEST of Venice, only complaint is we didn't have another night to go back!!
Address: Corte Coppo, 4346, 30124 Venice, Italy | Contact: +39 0415238269
Timings: Closed Sunday and Monday morning
Price Range: $86 - $115
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Situated in Campo San Polo, Al Paradiso is considered as one of the best romantic getaways in Venice. Serving real home-made Italian food, the host Giordano makes all diners feel like honored guests. Providing a typical Venetian osteria atmosphere, this restaurant's pleasing decor lets you dine in a warm and fulfilling atmosphere.
Suggestion: Try out "Pappardelle with shellfish".
Fritto misto (Source: Jay Cross)
Here's a review from Zagat:
Found it purely by accident and what a find! The elderly maitre'd/owner is a gracious host and very knowledgeable about Italian wines. The fritto misto is delicate and crispy, the roasted rombo with potatoes is excellent. The head of the rombo was served separately and was delicious to pick at. The wine choices made by our host were spot on. We visited twice in 3 days. Highly recommended. We sat outdoors right on the little street.
Address: Calle del Paradiso San Polo 767, Venice, Italy 30125 | Contact: (39-041) 523-4910
Timings: Monday-Saturday 9am-2am
Price Range: $50-$100
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations
If you are looking for a vegetarian Italian restaurant then La Zucca fits the bill perfectly. Although it also serves non-vegetarian dishes as well, this restaurant is known for its typical vegetarian feel. Besides excellent food, the atmosphere in this restaurant is romantic and provisions for outdoor seating are also there.
Suggestion: You may try out the "Vegetarian platter" which is an assortment of 6 delicacies.
pizza (Source: Phil Brown)
Here's a review from Fodor's:
The simple place settings, lattice-wood walls, canal window, and melange of languages make La Zucca (the pumpkin) feel as much like a typical vegetarian restaurant as you could expect to find in Venice. Though the menu does have superb meat dishes such as the piccata di pollo ai caperi e limone con riso (sliced chicken with capers and lemon served with rice), more attention is paid to dishes from the garden: try the radicchio di Treviso con funghi e scaglie di Montasio (with mushrooms and shavings of Montasio cheese) or the finocchi piccanti con olive (fennel in a spicy tomato-olive sauce). In good weather, dining at outdoor table couldn't be more pleasant. Reserve several days in advance to book one of two dinner seatings, at 7-7:30 or 9-9:30.
(Source: Fodor's Restaurant Reviews)
Address: Calle del Tintor, Sestiere Santa Croce, 1762, 30135 Venice, Italy
Contact: +39 (041)-524-1570
From the Monday to the Saturday
- Lunch: from the 12.30 to the 14.30
- Dinner: from the 19.00 to the 22.30
Price Range: $10-$30
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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