Wine and People Watching: Al Prosecco
In a less touristy part of Venice
, where locals live and play, Campo San Giacomo all'Orio is a wonderful neighborhood square. Here you'll find Al Prosecco, a fantastic locally oriented wine bar where you can sit outside right on the square and watch life pass you by – there are often street performers in the vicinity, and it's easy to get lost listening to the chatter of Italian as residents meet up while walking their dogs or running errands. A glass of prosecco, the famous sparkling wine, is what to order, and what you'll learn at Al Prosecco is this sweet white wine can also be served sans bubbles – order a "prosecco fermo" to taste the still version. Beyond prosecco, there is a serious wine list and a daily by-the-glass selection that always offers something interesting. Soak up the alcohol with light fare that ventures beyond the typical Venetian bar snacks like sardines and salt cod to include cheese, salami and assorted raw and cooked vegetables. This wine bar is best visited in the early afternoon as it never stays open much past 9pm in summer, and closes even earlier in winter.