Venetians’ favorite pastime is drinking, eating and chatting! As they don’t have to drive a car (maybe a gondola..?) they can exceed a bit on wine and spritz, but always in style! As Venetian cuisine is more inclined to seafood and vegeables rather than meat, there’s a preference fpr white wines (the region Veneto has much to offer) but of course a good glass of red wine comes always welcome! And to work out the calories of too many ‘cicheti’, a good row along the canals and in the Lagoon are also a must.
About shopping: don’t get discouraged by the myriad of tourists’ stores and stalls that dot the streets around Rialto and San Marco…Venice is certainly a big tourists’trap, but if you scratch a bit under the surface you’ll still find artisans at work, antiques’stores, jeweleries, and other interesting things to buy.
In Murano, there are still master blowers creating glas marvels in fron t of your eyes; in Burano there are still some ladies highly specialized at needle and thread embroidering. In Venice itself you can still visit artisans’ ateliers proudly continuing the tradition of making top quality velvets, brocades, beads, masks, puppets, mosaics, And it is still possible to attend the making of a gondola…