Merry Christmas everyone! Wish you all have a great day with friends and family! Finally winter holiday is here. Since we both have a few weeks free during Christmas break, we planned a trip to Italy last month.
Thanks to Ryanair, we purchased reasonably cheap air tickets and flew from London Stansted Airport to Venice Treviso Airport. After about an hour bus ride from the airport, we arrived in the city of Venice. The photo above was taken from Ponte Accademia, one of the four bridges of the Grand Canal. The night view in Venice is simply breath taking.
Usually we would take our time to choose a restaurant which best fit our appetite. But we were extremely hungry at that moment and so we randomly chose a place to dine in. The café is small but nice and cozy. Though we had problems communicating, the staffs were very friendly and tried their best to assist us in ordering.
Our risotto alla pescatora were served shortly after we placed our order. Priced at €8, the seafood risotto was simply delicious. Somehow not visible from the photo, the risotto was cooked with tiny mussels, little octopus, fish, prawns and tomatoes. It was simple and authentic, very nice when eaten together with the bread too.
We can’t be in Italy without having a pizza. So here we go, we ordered a prosciutto crudo pizza for €9. The pizza was prepared with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, oregano and topped with thinly sliced raw ham. It was our first time trying out their raw ham, and it was delicious. The raw ham was rather salty but it blended well with the thick mozzarella cheese and the crunchy thin base of the pizza. A nice try for something new.
The snack bar closes quite early and we went to a next door confectionery to get some dessert. After difficulties choosing from a large variety of desserts, we finally settled for the torrone. It was incredibly expensive priced at €7 per slice, but also incredibly delicious. We love the taste of the soft nougat contrast with the crunchy toasted almonds, occasionally biting into the bitter sweet chocolate. It was excellent.
After dinner, we walked over to Chiesa di San Vidal to listen to a baroque music concert played by Interpreti Veneziani. Tickets for students under 25 years old is priced at €19 while normal tickets are priced at €24 each.
The music played during the night was the well-known Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi (a baroque composer who was born and raised in Venice), Divertimento K.137 per archi by W.A. Mozart and Suite n.1 per violoncello e archi by J.S. Bach. Though not the best concerts I’ve been to, it was still an enjoyable concert. More information about the concert can be found here. The next day we visited Piazza San Marco and took a gondola trip. Stay tune for more posts on Venice!