Cicchetti in Venice

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.

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.

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Fast Train

You can’t really tell from this photo, but we were having our fastest train ride so far in Italy.

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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.