When I posted about Venice, I neglected to mention cicchetti. This refers to small snacks or side dishes served in bars around Venice. These may be small sandwiches, crostini, vegetables, a variety of seafood or other small portions of typical full course plates. You can pick and choose portions of these dishes. The bar we visited for cicchetti had a variety of about 20 different items to choose from, priced from 1.5 Euros to 3 Euros each.
Our cicchetti choices
Cicchetti – Sarde en Saor, rice ball, squid, rolls with meat and pumpkin
Cicchetti is generally available throughout the day and locals may stop in at any time for a quick snack. Usually, cicchetti will be accompanied by a glass of wine so there is a social ritual that goes along with this type of food. The bars are generally small and may only have a few tables where you may stand while having your snack. It’s a terrific way to experience some different foods and to take part in a very Venetian activity.
You can’t really tell from this photo, but we were having our fastest train ride so far in Italy.
While on ItaliaRail’s Frecciarossa service from Milan to Turin, the train cruised along at a top speed of 300 km per hour. I’ll save you the trouble, that’s about 185 mph.
When it comes to fashion and finance, Milan (pics) is the capital for both in Italy. With respect to fashion, Milan ranks among the top in the world. I can’t really relate on that score so I’ll have to leave it to the judgment of others.
When you try to imagine yourself seeing Venice (pics) firsthand, you may imagine the Venice you have seen in countless movies or on a postcard or perhaps in a travel publication or website. It turns out that Venice is exactly as I had imagined it to be. It completely lives up to all of the images formed through those movies and postcards.
Birthplace of the Renaissance and home of Machiavelli, Michelanglo and the ruling Medici family, Florence (pics) is packed with history, art, towers, palaces and beauty. The historic center of Florence is relatively small and invites you to wander and explore.