Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Al Covo

Located in a quiet street, Al Covo is a charming osteria with only a handful of outdoor tables and two intimate indoor rooms. It specialises in “slow food” and the freshness of the fish will convince the fussiest of palates. The menu changes daily according to the day’s catch and the ambience is relaxed and friendly.

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 View Map ... Castello, 3968, Venice, Italy
Alle Testiere

Alle Testiere is the type of Italian restaurant that you dream about before your holiday in Venice starts. Fabulous food, cosy ambience, personalised service and full of locals. It is a unique Venetian treat using the freshest and best ingredients in a daily changing menu. Be sure to call in advance to secure a table as the demand is high at this tiny romantic restaurant.

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 View Map ... Calle del Mondo Novo, Castellom Venice, Italy
L’Osteria Di Santa Marina

Elaborate cuisine with an innovative flair is the pervasive theme at L’Osteria Di Santa Marina. Try the grilled tiny calamaretti over velvety white polenta and leave enough room for homemade cookies and other dessert treats. It is one of the best kept secrets in Venice and reservations are a must.

 View Map ... Campo Santa Marina, Venice, Italy
Ristorante Linea d’Ombra

Part of a select crop of contemporary restaurants in Venice, Linea d’Ombra is a casual ristorante offering traditional Venetian recipes. The fish of the day is definitely the highlight, and, enjoyed at a panoramic canal-side table, is utterly perfect for a lazy lunch in the sunshine.

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 View Map ... Dorsoduro, 19, Venice, Italy

what we think

The hedonist traveller will enjoy arriving at a waterfront palazzo on an elegant private motorboat. Although this sounds fanciful, it is “de rigueur” in Venice. A gondola ride through the captivating canals that straddle the ancient walls is definitely recommended. Inhaling the beauty of the magnificent Piazza San Marco square with a glass of prosecco is equally mesmerizing. Venice is an architectural marvel and oozes charm. Its bridges are inspiring and its maze of tiny streets are perfect to get lost in. It has canals of every shape, size and mood and is arguably the most romantic city on the European merry-go-round.