With Select travel in the most authentic Venice

Choose in Venice – courtesy Claudia Di Francescantonio

The most authentic aspects of Venice revealed by an AstraRicerche study and in a photographic exhibition by Marco Valmarana.

What are the places that can reveal the most authentic soul of Venice? This question was answered by a study commissioned by the Venetian Aperitif choose 1920 of Montenegro group to society Astra along with one photo exhibition on the subject by Marco Valmarana.

Venetians and Italians gave partly different answers

There were two significant reference samples: 400 Venetians (from the lagoon and from the countryside) and over 1,500 Italians between 18 and 65, who probably gave different answers.

For those who live in Venice that most authentic place was itArsenal, historic (12th century) shipyard of sailing and rowing ships in the Serenissima Republic of San Marco, now converted into a large exhibition space (33.3% of responses). They follow Rialto Market (29.8%), the Jewish ghetto (20.5%), la Scala del Bovolo from Palazzo Contariniunique and impressive external spiral staircase to the facade (13.5%), Punta della Dogana (10.7%) and laughed Squero San Trovaso (8.9%), one of the last gondola yards still in operation.

For Italians instead of most authentic place and Rialto Market (26.1%) followed byGiudecca island (20.9%) onArsenal (20.4%) and Jewish ghetto (16.8%).

regarding sestieri (the six areas into which the city of Venice is divided), for an Italian out of two, the most quoted is the sestier of St. Mark’s with the Basilica and Palazzo Ducale, followed by that of Cannaregio (20.2%) the large popular district in the north of Venice, home to many artisans still in business and in distinctive locations, followed by Holy Cross (19.2%) which includes the entrance area to the city with piazzale Roma, the railway station and the first part of the Grand Canal with Fontego dei Turchi.

Vise versa for the Venetians the place par excellence of the city is the district of Cannaregio (38.1%) followed at a distance by St. Mark’s (28.6%) and that of Castle (26.5%) east of the city, which includes the Arsenale and the Giardini della Biennale.

ONE “magical” place both for Italians (46%) and for Venetians (65%) it is Devil’s Bridge on the island of Torcello, which recalls the legend of a desperate love between a Venetian girl and an Austrian officer, followed by Bridge of breasts in the center of Venice, a point of reference in the area of ​​the legal brothels of the Serenissima Republic and Bridge of fistsin the Dorsoduro district, theater over the centuries of spectacular legal fights between workers and fishermen with lots of punches and various victims.

regarding experiences not to be missed both Italians (38.9%) and Venetians (36.3%) responded have a drink in the characteristic bàcari, the historic taverns of Venice. It is not accidental Spritz or Venetian aperitif was born at the end of the nineteenth century in Venice, to preferably sip Venetians in Campo Santa Margherita (23.1%), for Italians in a gondola (23.1%). Originally, it was prepared for the Austro-Hungarian residents by spraying (hence the term spritz) the local white wine, which was considered too alcoholic, with sparkling water. It was later mixed with still white wine (or Prosecco), a bitter and soda vermouth.
Most mentioned combinations? cicchetti (tastings or appetizers) pieces of fish or cured meat served on croutons or slices of bread or polenta such as fried moeche (crabs), sarde in saor (fried and marinated sardines with acerto, onions, pine nuts and raisins), creamed cod, anchovy marinades , half an egg with anchovies, fried vegetables.

The research was recently presented in Milan at Tàscaro (Isola area), a restaurant managed by Sandra Tasca recreating the atmosphere and suggestion of a typical Venetian bacaro. Among those present Gianluca Monaco, Marketing and New Business Director for Gruppo Montenegro; the photographer Marco Valmarana; Cosimo Finzifor Astra Research.

Black and white photos in search of the most authentic Venice

Twelve are the black and white photos taken by the young photographer Marco Valmarana to compose a photographic exhibition that reimagines an authentic Venice that survived the cyclone Covid. The twelve images will be exhibited in six typical locations in six different districts of Venice such as Pescaria, Bacarando, Bar Torino, Vizietto, Recondito and Strani. Each photo is accompanied by a QR code that will land on the selectaperitivo.it page, so you can know the authentic story of the shot and the map of how to get there.

Rialto Market
Historic market in Venice, formed in 1097 and a fundamental hub for the spice trade. Rialto still retains its commercial vocation today, thanks to the many artisan activities and the daily fruit, vegetable and fish markets that fill and color its stalls.

Sign of Antica Locanda Sturion
A testimony to the eternal history of Venice, a city where every detail is an ancient tale. The sign of this inn is actually present in a painting by Vittore Carpaccio from 1494, Miracle of the Cross, which can be visited today in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Hidden messages…
Near Campo Santa Maria Formosa, among the details of the railings of the Borgoloco bridge, it seems to see hearts, but in fact there is a message from the blacksmiths who built the parapet in the nineteenth century, during the Austro-Hungarian dominance. These are the letters: WVE: Viva Vittorio Emanuele (King of Italy).

Corte Milion
A few steps from the Bacarando restaurant is the Second Court of the Mill, a place surrounded by sixteenth-century houses that have preserved the medieval charm of Venice. The name derives from Milione, the work of Marco Polo that recounts his travels and adventures in the East between 1271 and 1295. The court is actually traditionally known as Marco Polo’s House, and despite the houses being from a few centuries later, these actually originate on the old foundations of the explorer’s house.

Ponte del Lovo, a unique panorama
Just a few steps from Rialto is Ponte Del Lovo. Venetian tradition tells how this is the only one, among the more than four hundred bridges in the whole city, from which it is possible to see the Campanile of San Marco.

Campo San Luca
In Campo S. Luca there is a pylon called by the citizens “Il Bonigolo de Venexia” (Navel of Venice), considered to be the first topographical center of the city. The other name by which he is known is “The Abbot of Infamy”, due to its historical origin: this abbot in white Istrian stone would actually be a gift from the ancient Republic of Venice to the brotherhoods that defended the city during a conspiracy in 1310.

Here comes the electric light
Giovanni Querini was a Venetian entrepreneur and philanthropist, extremely attentive to the innovation and well-being of his fellow citizens. Thanks to him, electricity entered hospitals and lighting came to the streets of Venice. Before his intervention, the city was actually considered very dangerous due to the darkness of the night.

With the barbicans more space for houses
Barbacani are typical architectural structures of the Venetian palaces of military origin. It is projecting half-timbered elements, more often in wood than in stone, which reclaim the living space without taking it away from the pedestrian traffic below, on the contrary, providing shelter from the elements for travelers and shops on the street.

The Church of Miracles
Built in 1482, the Church of the Miracles was born as a tribute to a painting that was considered miraculous by the inhabitants of the Cannaregio district. It is the only church in Venice completely bathed by a canal.

Balcony, observation points
Typical Venetian terraces, built almost entirely of wooden beams over the roofs, owe their origin to the close relationship that has always united Venice with the Oriental world. Inspired by military observation points, they are one of the places where you can observe Venice from above. Tradition also describes them as the place where women went to dry their laundry and wet hair in the sun after applying henna to make them Venetian red.

Via Garibaldi, the underground canal
It is the only “street” in town. Originally a canal, it was a provision by Napoleon Bonaparte to make it the street that can be admired today. The emperor’s intention was to provide the city with important places of public transport (and strolling), thus creating a street with a Parisian flavor.

Arsenale, a timeless construction site
A city within a city, the Arsenal has been the heart of the Venetian naval industry since the 12th century. It is the only shipyard in the world that has preserved its nature for more than seven centuries and fulfilled the same function long after the fall of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.

Choose the Spritz of Montenegro

Select Aperitivo was born in Venice in 1920

In it 1920, Select Aperitivo was born by the brothers Vittorio and Mario Pilla of the Pilla Distillery in the Venetian Castello district, obtained with a still secret recipe from the maceration and boiling in water and alcohol of about thirty aromatic herbs, such as rhubarb roots, juniper, nutmeg, cloves and essential citrus oils, with the addition of a portion of alcohol. Legend has it that after Gabriele d’Annunzio tasted it among the first, the poet suggested naming it. Choose from the Latin selectus for careful selection of raw materials.
The result is a ruby ​​red bitter drink of 17.5% alcohol, with a bittersweet, fresh and balsamic taste, ideal as an aperitif or digestive to stimulate the production of gastric juice and to make Venetian Spritz: 7.5 cl Prosecco, 5 cl Select, 2.5 cl soda or seltzer, mixed in a wine glass with ice and garnished with a skewer with a large green olive on the skewer. A recipe that started at the historic Caffè Quadri 1775 in Piazza San Marco.
In 1954, Select was acquired by Buton Distillery in Bologna, later taken over in 2018 by the Montenegro 1885 Group.

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