Getting help from the locals is the best way to find restaurants when traveling! I had some help finding these places on my visit to Venice (read my guide here). I was traveling with my (Italian) husband’s family. My brother-in-law’s nephew was going to university in Venice, so they had been there several times before and had the nephew’s insider tips on where to eat and what to eat in Venice.

My tip for finding good restaurants in Italy: Ask someone that lives there, but doesn’t work in hospitality or tourism. Don’t ask a taxi driver, hotel reception or shopkeeper. People working in tourism tend to send people to the same places, they usually have a prepared list they rattle off to tourists.  Ask a student, market vender, a butcher, or a delivery person. Ask them where they go when they want to go to a restaurant.

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Ciao, I’m Celia, your travel advisor in Italy! I'm a professional travel writer and itinerary designer. I share my local insights and knowledge with travelers looking to go beyond the ordinary. Ask a question or request a custom travel itinerary. Contact me.
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