Last week, we were wrapping up a quick shopping trip for art and one-of-a-kinds in Italy, when we needed to get to back to France for the weekend. The least expensive flight actually left from Venice (I swear it did, Meg!), so we hopped on a train and decided to spend the night there. Having done no advance planning, we were a little taken aback by the number of people dressed in flamboyant medieval costumes … until we realized that we had actually timed our visit with Venice’s very celebrated Carnival!
Despite the lure of festivities, I’m not one for huge crowds so we chose to bypass most of the city’s tourist attractions and taking a cue from a very timely New York Times article about Venice’s “Cicchetti,” focused our 12 hours on food. (Read https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/travel/venice-cicchetti-small-plates.html) Cicchetti are the Italian equivalent of the Spanish Tapa, usually consisting of a marriage of fresh local flavors combined into delectable small bites.