Category: Venetian Culture

What’s a Bacaro?
16 July 2020

According to one of the many legends about it, the term bàcaro comes from a gondolier’s exclamation: one day, when tasting a new wine from Southern Italy, he cried out “Bon, bon! Questo xe proprio un ‘vin de bàcaro” (“Very, very good! This is a bàcaro’s wine, indeed”). The Venetian phrase far bàcara means going […]

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Spritz with Centino
27 February 2017

The happy hour is a very classic italian ritual, during which we love to spend some time with friends and chat. It’s always a good time for a nice aperitif to break the morning (or afternoon) hunger with some appetizers, while drinking some slightly alcoholic drink. For many, aperitif is a synonym for spritz, the […]

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The Bacaro and the “ombra di vino”
17 June 2016

The Venetian word bàcaro derives its name from Bacchus or from bacche (Italian word for “grapes“). The Venetian expression “far bàcara” means celebrating in the name of Bacchus. It’s just like this, on the euphoric trail of the good wine (“bon vin”), that the typical Venetian osterie were born. In the past, the term designated […]

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The unwanted ones and the taverns
23 November 2015

Today the bacari are cool meeting place that you can attend to drink wine and eat delicious cicchetti. But, from the mid-Fourteenth century until the end of the Eighteenth century, they had a pretty different function. Let us tell you a few curiosities about these ancient Venetian taverns, used as receptive structures in the past. […]

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The origins of Venetian bacari
26 June 2013

Cantina Do Spade is one of the ancient taverns in Venice. Located in Calle delle Spade at S. Matteo di Rialto, it is an emblem of a city rich in history and full of stories, that sometimes turn into such poetic legends that they mix perfectly with the truth. This is what happened with the […]

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Where was the wine “ombra” born
05 February 2013

Legend has it that in ancient times the wine was served by street vendors in San Marco Square. They used to follow the shadow of the bell tower, in order to keep the wine cool. Hence the use of the word “ombra” (“shadow” in Venetian dialect) to name a glass of wine. The social meaning […]

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