An Insider's Guide to Visiting the Venice During the Biennale

Travel Guide to Venice, Italy, by Andrea
Andrea

An Insider's Guide to Visiting the Venice During the Biennale

Andrea for Trippin
Andrea Martina Specchio

Born in Italy and now local to London, Andrea is the founder of bemyjourney.com. A seasoned traveller – who's journeyed to the likes of Galapagos, Ladakh and Svalbard – Andrea's ethos is centred around people, place and moving consciously. With BeMyJourney she connects her community of travellers to the offbeat side of her home country, encouraging people to experience it via her expert knowledge.

In her guide, she shares her top spots to experience the best of Venice's culture – from where to get traditional tramezzini to where to unwind with a cocktail.

Tonolo

My favourite place to have breakfast or 'merenda' (afternoon break). This tiny pastry and coffee shop is where I always start my day when I am in Venice. I discovered Tonolo many moons ago when I was in town often to visit my friends who were studying here. Every time, I cannot resist getting at least two pastries, if not more.

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Osteria La Zucca

My local restaurant crush! The food is WOW and the menu has a lot of veggie options. I love the warm atmosphere and the wooden walls, so I recommend booking a table inside.

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Bar Alla Toletta

This little old fashion bar is the king of 'tramezzini' – fresh sandwiches stuffed with different ingredients and TONS of mayo. This is my favourite lunch spot and my place-to-go to grab a 'tramezzino' for my trip back home before leaving Venice.

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Libreria Acqua Alta

If you love books (and the smell of old books – something I could die for) visit this historical shop. A maze of bookshelves, vintage armchairs, old posters, retro postcards and tons of other random stuff – including a couple of resident cats!

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Bacareto da Lele

Come here to have wine and fresh sandwiches with cold cuts. This is a spot where locals have their daily 'ombre di vino' (little glasses of wine) from 6am to 8pm… Venice rules!

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Il Mercante

THE place for cocktails and drinks.

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Campo Santa Margherita

Come here to hang out in the University campus area. Opt for a spritz at Bar Rosso or the 'cicchetti' ritual (aperitif in Venice style) at Ai Do Draghi.

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Biennale Arte

Just another excuse to go to Venice. Every other year, from April to November, Venice becomes a living exhibition of contemporary art with worldwide artists exhibiting their works in different areas of the town. The theme for 2022 is 'The Milk of Dreams': artists were asked to think of creative ways for a more sustainable coexistence between us as individuals and the universe we inhabit.

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