San Nicolò dei Mendicoli 1907, Dorsoduro cap 30123 Venezia Italy
Visiting: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 12.00, closed Sundays.
Tel: +39 041 2750382
Boat line Actv: boat stop San Basilio or Santa Marta
Sutherland restores the San Nicolò dei Mendicoli church, which is situated on the South West region of the Dorsoduro. It’s got to be said that it’s a trek away from the main tourist centre, however well worth a steady walk along across the Ponte deli Accademia and heading towards the Zattere, you get a sense of relaxation and space whilst in the area of the Dorsoduro.
I stopped at one of the quayside cafe’s and ordered a local spritzer, sweet not sour but either choice is mixed with Prosecco, an orange slice and served on the rocks. The drink is commonly served in Northern Italy and especially in Venice. In the last decade spritzer with Prosecco has become the most popular type served in Italy, and a delight to take in the sun as you look towards the island of Giudecca. Prising myself from my chair I carried along the Zattere until reaching the San Nicolò dei Mendicoli. According to tradition, the church is one of the oldest in Venice and it was first built in the 7th century where apparently the begging poor and the praying sinners would gather.
Piazza San Marco, 56, Venice, Italy
Web: www. caffeflorian.com
+39 041 520 5641
Another day site seeing and a well earned glass of Prosecco at Caffe Florian, which is situated within St Marks Square. As a matter of fact, some say that the Caffe Florian was the first café in the world.
Whilst in Caffe Florian myself and my partner were in awe of the carnival, and were entertained by a group of lavishly dressed carnival goers, in what I would imagine Casanova to be dressed like with all his charismatic “je ne sais quoi!” This 1700 century cafe served as a meeting place and rendezvous point for Charles Dickens, Lord Byron and the infamous Casanova who came in search for female company!