Barbara’s Best: Venice (Part 1)

Barbara's Best

This week Barbara shares her recommendations for a city she knows inside and out—Venice. Posts on this city will be coming to you in parts and focusing on off the beaten trail activities, restaurants, and ideas.

Venice Street

In part one, Barbara is opening up her little black book and providing you with insider information that only a local would know. Venice is a major travel destination and it is easy to get caught up in the touristy spots and activities. Take a page from Barbara’s book and blend in with locals.

With the new year starting, it is time to think about where to vacation in 2018. You may be asking yourself, “where should we go?” And we are answering—Venice!!


November 2018 – More specifically, at Thanksgiving

Change up your routine this year and head to Italy for the holiday. Hey, you already get the one vacation day! Ditch the family or invite them to come along for a new way to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

View from Venice Canal


No Crowds

Venice is less crowded this time of year. Clearly, the Americans are all at home celebrating Thanksgiving. Europeans are starting to gear up for the holiday season and kicking off their light up nights and Christmas Markets. It is safe to say that most of the tourists are in their respective countries and a great time for you to make your getaway.


Venice is significantly less expensive at this time. Fewer crowds = less expensive. Venice can be quite pricey certain times of the year, such as during Carnival, but at this time, when there are hardly any tourists around, the city becomes manageable and can fit into anyone’s budget.

Another way to cut costs, is to rent an apartment. Hotels, in general, can be pricey, especially if you want to stay on the mainland or city center. A way around this expense is to rent an apartment and live like the locals do. In our Venice continued posts, we will recommend a few places to stay.

Santa Maria della Salute


Venice is full of festivals all year long, but one of the less touristy ones is Festa della Madonna della Salute or the Festival of the Madonna of Health. Taking place on November 21, the festival celebrates the end of the bubonic plague that struck Northern Italy from 1630-1631. At the height of the epidemic, the surviving population prayed for 3 days and 3 nights to the Madonna and the city vowed to build a temple should they make it through the sickness. Having survived the epidemic, the city erected a temple dedicated to Santa Maria della Salute and started a yearly procession to the temple. The temple was consecrated on November 21, 1687, and the festival is still going strong to this day. Venetians typically celebrate by making a pilgrimage to Santa Maria della Salute, which is open all day and offers many activities, and eating a meat dish.

In 2018, La Biennale Di Venezia or Venice Biennale is happening from May 26-November 25, 2018. The 2018 Biennale is the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. La Biennale takes place in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice. The title for this year’s exhibition is Freespace. To find out more about the 2018 Biennale, check out the official website.

Have we sold you yet on Venice? Maybe you need more information on restaurants and places to visit. Come back next Friday for Venice (Part 2)!

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