What distinguishes Truly Venice Apartments from any others is the combination of Venetian luxury whilst still fundamentally being a real home. This is felt in the small, and sometimes imperfect details that cannot be fabricated. The telltale signs of a house that has hosted many memories allow you to relax and look forward to returning to your corner of the city after long days of exploring.
There is no time of the year when this is more welcome or important than in the biting cold days before Christmas. However, the real reason that we travel is to discover new cultures and learn foreign traditions. Therefore, I will try to describe just some of the more easily adoptable or perhaps just visible curiosities, for those intrepid travelers who have chosen to spend your Christmas (wisely) in Venice. This is definitely not a complete list, but just a few of the things you will see ‘in giro’ exclusively at Christmas time.
Fish on Christmas Eve,
Whilst Italians have never been accused of leaving the table hungry, the reasoning I have been told behind traditionally eating fish (as opposed to a meat or dairy dish) on Christmas Eve has its roots in abstinence. The day before Christmas and the large feast, which it surely entails, Italians traditionally limit themselves to a variety of fish dishes so as it cleanse themselves. However, the word abstinence seems slightly futile when you realise that the fish dishes can be anything from 7-11 different plates.
What you can take away from this…
Experiment yourself, If you choose to cook at home (in your Truly Venice Apartment), we would recommend taking advantage of the famous Rialto Market, and joining Italian Families in abstaining from meat on Christmas eve. Or choose our private catering services, and let us share the culinary traditions first hand.
Alternatively, if you find yourself in a restaurant, you will probably find that the fish (possibly plural) of the day are most definitely a traditional recipe and therefore worth trying.
The Fog/ La Nebbia
You inevitably will have been forewarned about this moody temperament that Venice adopts in these days, it is difficult to really do it justice, however. Whether you have read about it in slightly more poetic prose or heard tell from a friend, perhaps using slightly more colorful language, the fog is unavoidable. Either way, be prepared that it is deceptive in more than one way. It can cause disorientation and a sudden decrease in temperature. This, of course, is all just part of the charm of Venice, but do check ahead for Vaporetto alterations and take a jacket. It can also be handy to download one of these apps before hand
Panettone or Pandoro,
Whilst neither is traditionally from Venice itself, Panettone (Milan) and Pandoro (Verona) have been adopted all over Italy and even become a familiar winter treat in other parts of the world too. Once you have tasted the traditional recipes, you can well understand how even some of the most authentic families have made room for these Italian dolci on their tables. Panetonne, is famous for its laborious three rise process, leading to an incredibly light texture despite the unspeakable amounts of butter. Pandoro, on the other hand is literally called ‘Pane’oro’ Gold Bread and has been associated with Venetian Aristocracy since the 18th Century. The texture of this is very different when made well and typically takes the form of a star. The most noticeable difference and probably the one influencing your decision is that Panettone contains dried fruits, whereas Pandoro is normally without anything. You will find both easily Pasticerrias, such as Tonolo, around Venice. More importantly, there is no shame, in fact, it is very much encouraged to have this as a breakfast treat.
From The Truly Venice Apartments Team.