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Venice calling

For my hubby's birthday, I offered him a weekend to Venice, the most romantic city in the entire world <3

^ Hubby trying to guess what his gift was ;)

On a Friday night at the end of February, we hopped on a plane and arrived in Venice just in time for dinner.

airplane sunset

We made a beeline for Osteria al Portego, a traditional bacaro with a restaurant side as well.

Osteria al Portego, Venise

If you're asking what a bacaro is, it's a typical venetian tavern where you usually find lots of good wines and super yummy finger food - in Venice they called it cicheti. You can go there for a quick snack during the day and of course for aperitif. 

Osteria al Portego, Venise

Some also have a proper restaurant side while others only offer drinks & cicheti and sometimes the places are so tiny that you cannot even sit.

It's very typical in Venice and if you're there you cannot miss to try a couple of them! Which of course we did and Osteria al Portego turned out to be our favorite one, we even came back on our last night in Venice!

While waiting for our table, we celebrated us being in Venice with prosecco & chicheti.

Osteria al Portego, Venise, prosecco

And trust me when I say that to choose which cicheti to order is not an easy task...

Osteria al Portego, Venise, cicheti

Osteria al Portego, Venise, cicheti

We then continued with a seafood based dinner - obviously in Venice there's a lot of seafood. One of the most traditional Venetian dishes is the creamed cod (baccala mantecato). 

For not missing anything we took the trio of cod : creamed cod (of course!), cod & polenta & cod with onions. It was super yummy. If you go to Osteria al Portego  - and you should go! -you must try the trio of baccalà!

Osteria al Portego Venise

We also shared octopus & polenta which was good but less original.

Osteria al Portego Venise

After dinner, we walked to our home for the week-end, the Hotel Santa Marina which was really good & very centrally located in between Rialto bridge and San Marco square, although the staff wasn't particularly friendly.

Hotel Santa Marina Venise

Hotel Santa Marina Venise

Hotel Santa Marina Venise

We had a room in the annex building & I must say I was a bit worried as I read on tripadvisor bad comments about the annex building, especially about the noise, but we actually didn't have any problem. Our room was quite & nicely decorated, in the opulent Venetian style, as well as the whole building... 

Hotel Santa Marina Venise

Hotel Santa Marina Venise

... & we discovered a nice view over Venice roofs in the morning :)

Venise panorama

After a huge salty & sweet breakfast & despite an annoying rain, we were finally ready to explore the city. 

Obviously starting with San Marco square & Cathedral!

But I'll tell you more about that tomorrow (I have too many pics ;p ).

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