Venice, a city of merchants, was, in the past, the most important commercial pole in Europe with its rare and precious goods, among them the beloved wines which have given their names to the city’s streets.
A wine tour in Venice which takes you through the streets and plazas or the merchants of the past and the commerce they practiced in the very heart of the city.
You will arrive, just a few minutes from the railroad station and Piazzale Roma – after passing through the characteristic piazza of San Giacomo dell’Orio, once, centuries ago, a hangout for criminals – at San Cassiano where you will be able to admire marvelous examples of contemporary art at the Prada Foundation.
Continuing onwards through the Calle dei Botteri, from which a series of streets which bring you back to the activities which were once practiced there begins. At the end of Calle dei Botteri you can walk along the bank which faces onto the Grand Canal, known as Riva dell’Olio (oil) because the precious olive oil which came from sunny spots in the Mediterranean (Greece and southern Italy) was once unloaded here.
A product which was truly precious in that, in addition to seasoning the savory dishes of Venice’s cuisine, it assisted in their conservation and was, in addition, utilized for working wool. From the Riva dell’Olio we move straight on towards the fish market, symbolically the heart of the city.
It is here that you can taste the true life, the hustle and bustle of Venice where all the fisherman prepare during the morning the catch of the day, which you can taste in the nearby fried fish shops and restaurants, A snack to stimulate the palate and come into contact with the verve of the true Venetian, accompanied by a glass of a delicate sparkling wine.
For those who wish to try a lunch in an old inn, there are various of them which go all the way back to the 17th century in this part of the city and, by reserving in advance, you can taste the local dishes along with a magnificent and structured Chardonnay.