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New Years in Venice

nyc2italia | Dec 8, 201106:27 AM

My boyfriend and I are spending 2 nights, 3 days in Venice for New Years. I've been 2 times before (1994 as a college student backpacking in the summer & 2002 with an Italian boyfriend from the Venice area during l'aqua alta). The bf has never been. This is going to be a completely different experience as a late 30s-40s couple. I am a New Yorker living in Bologna, and he is an Argentine coming from the States for vacation.

As a foodie, I am not usually a fan of dining on major holidays, especially in such a touristy place as Venice, but I know it's a romantic city, he asked specifically for this side trip from Bologna, and after reading the great posts by PBSF, Jen, tlubow, and livinginvenice, my appetite is whet!

Our budget is not without limits, but I think we can splurge a little. I was thinking based on the posts I read to do Fiaschetteria Toscana (ground floor) and alle Testiere for our 2 dinners depending on availability of course. Any suggestions on which to do for actual New Years eve, and which to do for the 30th? Also thinking about Promessi Sposi, da Rioba and Anice Stellato for a lunch, or others mentioned in previous postings. Are reservations needed normally for lunch?

We are staying at Ca'Leon which was one of the only places I could find with availability. It very close to the station which is not my preference, but I figure we'll just be dropping our stuff off and be out and about exploring all day and evening.

I typically like simple good, not modern food. I love that traditional Italian food is usually made with few but fresh ingredients, and the place doesn't have to be fancy. Although I am spoiled here Bologna with some of the best food, I am looking forward to a change with the seafood and other options apart from the heavy cuisine of "La Grassa."

Any feedback and suggestions are welcome.


Anice Stellato
Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

Da Rioba
Fondamenta de la Misericordia, Cannaregio, 2553, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

Fiaschetteria Toscana
Cannaregio, 5719, Venice, Veneto 30131, IT

La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi
calle dell'Oca, Cannaregio 4367,, Venice, Veneto , IT

Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

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