The ci­ty's ‘ba­ca­ri', whe­re lo­cals pop in for a glass of wine and a snack, are an in­te­gral part of Ve­ne­tian tra­di­tion. It's a great way to tour the ci­ty whi­le in­dul­ging in a unique ta­sting ex­pe­rien­ce.

Where Venice - - Contents - By Ro­me­na Bru­gne­rot­to

The ‘Ba­ca­ro Tour' is an in­te­gral part of Ve­ne­tian tra­di­tion and a great way to ta­ste the flavours of the la­goon

Re­gard­less of the wea­ther, one of the Ve­ne­tians' fa­vou­ri­te pa­sti­mes, bo­th in sum­mer and win­ter, is a ‘ba­ca­ro tour'. So what's a 'ba­ca­ro'? In Ve­ni­ce, a ba­ca­ro is an unu­sual ty­pe of lo­ca­le: of­ten in cram­ped sur­roun­dings but full of li­fe. It is a small bar (but don't call it this when tal­king to a Ve­ne­tian) that ser­ves clas­si­cal Spri­tzes, glas­ses of red or whi­te wine and ‘cic­chet­ti'. Cic­chet­ti are ty­pi­cal Ve­ne­tian snacks to be ea­ten whi­le sip­ping a glass of wine and gos­si­ping with friends.

Ea­ch ba­ca­ro has its own me­nu of cic­chet­ti, in­clu­ding cro­sti­ni top­ped with meat, fi­sh or ve­ge­ta­bles but al­so ‘pol­pet­te' (meat­balls) ma­de with meat, fi­sh or chee­se. Af­ter or­de­ring one or two cic­chet­ti at the coun­ter, it's cu­sto­ma­ry to exit the ba­ca­ro, glass in hand, and con­ti­nue your con­ver­sa­tion on the street. Af­ter a whi­le, it's ti­me to mo­ve on to ano­ther lo­ca­le to sam­ple dif­fe­rent spe­cial­ties. Peo­ple of­ten ma­ke ar­ran­ge­men­ts to meet af­ter work, pro­mi­sing them­sel­ves ju­st one Spri­tz and one cic­chet­to be­fo­re din­ner, on­ly to find them­sel­ves en­ding up at th­ree dif­fe­rent ba­ca­ri with no ap­pe­ti­te for din­ner.

Ho­we­ver, the ba­ca­ro tour is al­so an ex­pe­rien­ce that can be en­joyed by vi­si­tors to Ve­ni­ce. All that's nee­ded is a de­si­re to try new food and a pair of com­for­ta­ble shoes. De­pen­ding on ta­stes and bud­ge­ts, you can in­dul­ge in a va­rie­ty of ex­pe­rien­ces. The tour al­so ca­ters to Ve­gans and Ve­ge­ta­rians and chil­dren are wel­co­me al­thou­gh un­de­ra­ge drin­king is not per­mit­ted. Tours ge­ne­ral­ly start at around 6pm and la­st for a few hours. BA­CA­RO TOUR

Whe­re® has se­lec­ted th­ree mu­st-try ‘ba­ca­ri' lo­ca­ted in th­ree dif­fe­rent ‘se­stie­ri'. Pa­tro­ni­zed by young Ve­ne­tian lo­cals, ju­st steps from the sta­tion, Al Ti­mon (Can­na­re­gio, 2754 – Fon­da­men­ta Or­me­si­ni) ser­ves a great se­lec­tion of cic­chet­ti and wine on boa­ts moo­red in front of the lo­ca­le. Re­no­w­ned for its im­pec­ca­ble ser­vi­ce, top-class vin­ta­ges, sand­wi­ches and plat­ters of cold cu­ts and chee­ses, Ai Ru­ste­ghi is a lo­ve­ly lit­tle wine bar tuc­ked be­hind the Rialto brid­ge (Cam­piel­lo del Ten­tor). Ope­ned at the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry, Al Bot­te­gon (Dor­so­du­ro, 992 – Fon­da­men­ta Na­ni) ser­ves a se­lec­tion of crea­ti­ve cic­chet­ti that can be or­de­red at the coun­ter th­rou­ghout the day. For an un­mis­sa­ble Ba­ca­ro Tour ex­pe­rien­ce vi­sit: ro­min­ve­ni­ce.com.

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