What about an amazing fireworks show?
What about a hot chocolate walking along the lagoon?
This is possible in Venice! Come to our magical city and enjoy your ideal Christmas vacation. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Christmas local market through Strada Nova and at the bottom of Rialto bridge, taste a glass of hot wine and some roast chestnuts and watch the adorned shop windows.
Where can you have a great aperitif? On the Rialto fish market side there’s a little square called Erbaria where you can find many bars. Our favourite one? ‘’Barcollo’’, barmen prepare great Spritz, beers and some cicchetti. Have you ever tasted cicchetti? Didn’t you? Oh, you definitely should: they’re like the Spanish tapas, slices of bread with some ham, fish or vegetable. Great with a glass of spritz or white sparkle wine.
This is Christmas time in Venice!
The city is decorated with bright garlands, shops propose Christmas gadgets and warm woolen sweaters and people is simply happy and cheerful.
Restaurants propose gourmand menus with typical Venetian dishes in which hot soups, Adriatic sea fish and tasty risotto and spaghetti are the main ingredients.
Where are we used to eat in special days? At ‘’Do Farai’’, a typical Venetian restaurant in Dorsoduro area, between Ca’ Foscari university and Campo S. Barnaba. What do we like the most there? Bigoli in Salsa, that’s for sure! Don’t you know it? It consists in a dish of thick spaghetti flavoured with a sardine and onion sauce (if you wish to know something more about this recipe, have a look below*).
Don’t you like fish? Never mind, just go to Birraria la Corte and try the Tagliata di Pollo con carciofi alla Romana e Riso Venere: chicken with stuffed artichokes and black rice. Are you vegetarian? Venice satisfies you! Book a table at La Zucca and take a tasty soup or spicy lentils (if you wish to know something more about this recipe, have a look below**).
On the New Year’s Eve Venice offers a gorgeous fireworks show over the lagoon at midnight: wait for and watch it from St. Mark’s square, the Riva degli Schiavoni or Punta della Dogana. You won’t believe your eyes!
Reserved to couples (very romantic advise): at midnight, in St. Mark’s square, kiss your partner! That’s a lovely act of love between two lovers.
And after the celebration, stay comfortable and sleep in one of our properties…where are we? All around Venice! Want to sleep out of the crowd? Book one of our properties at Ca’ degli Antichi Giardini residence: these are brand new apartments belonging to a private building complex, well furnished and equipped. They’re supplied with washing/drying machine, microwave, independent heating system, kettle, Jacuzzi bathtub, safety box, bed linen and towels. Ideal as much for couples as for numerous parties!
What else? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with Grimaldi!
*Bigoli in Salsa:
- 400 gr of Spaghetti ‘’bigoli’’.
- 8 marinated sardine filets.
- 45 gr of Olive oil.
- 300 gr of white onion.
1st STEP: let’s prepare the sauce! Start peeling off and cutting the onion in very thin portions. Put the olive oil and onion in a large pot and let it cook on the stove (the onion shouldn’t become brown); wash the sardines with some fresh water, cut them in thin portions and put it in the same pot. Let them cook until the melting point.
2nd STEP: let’s prepare the bigoli! Let the water boil, add a handful of salt, and put the bigoli in. When they’re cooked, drain and put them into the pot with the sauce.
Just mix bigoli and sauce and serve them to your friends!
- 240 gr of lentils.
- 1 carrot.
- 1 stick of celery.
- 50 gr of onion.
- Some fresh chili pepper. How much? It’s up to you!
- 2 spoonfuls of condensed tomato sauce.
- Olive oil.
1st STEP: let’s prepare the sauce! Start peeling off and cutting the onion, carrot and celery in very thin portions. Put all these ingredients and the chili pepper in a pot, add the olive oil and let it stew for 15 minutes.
2ns STEP: let’s cook the lentils! Just add a pinch of salt, the condensed tomato sauce and the lentils. Let all this stew for 10 minutes and covered the pot (hey, remember to blend sometimes!).
You can eat them hot or lukewarm!