Of course, this would be a normal neighborhood anywhere else in the world, but here in Venezia it is a paradise of both local culture and useful businesses for all those human beings, tourists and locals, in Venice who have ordinary human needs like food, hardware and wine. And helping visitors address those needs is, and has always been, the primary goal of OG Venice Travel Guide.
Six years ago I received a one line email from a friend containing a simple question: "What do I need to know about Venice?" Oh how my head reeled… Doesn't what you need to know depend on what you want to do? Yes and of course not! You might want to know the dates of art exhibitions you plan to attend or the locations of museums. But, this is Venice! The truth is that, though I certainly enjoy gallery hopping, you couldn't spit in this city without hitting something historically and artistically relevant. If you miss what you came for, you are guaranteed to find something else. What you really need to know is that in spite of the fact that you're in a labyrinth, in the sea, surrounded by monuments and works of art that speak of 1600 years of history, doing ordinary things is actually the biggest challenge you're going to face in Venezia.
I responded to my friend with a ten point bullet list of practical information about the city - how to get an IMOB card, why to stand while drinking, where to shop for groceries, how to tell if something in a shop is real, where to find local nightlife… Thus, the first draft of OG Venice Travel Guide was written. And, though I'm not the customer, I still believe that the Transportation, Tips & Tricks, Necessities & Food Sections of the Guide are among the most useful parts of the guide. I will be updating all of those with some of my new favorites from around here.
Meanwhile, I am really enjoying just relaxing and observing a slice of everyday life in Venezia.