Believe it or not, Venice has a distinctly non-touristy side — here’s; Hannah Wilhout; Travel And Leisure

Italy – Venice and its Lagoon

Skye McAlpine, raised in Venice, explores her city’s true culinary heart in her new cookbook. Here, she shares her recommendations for experiencing a more intimate, unexpected side of this favorite travel destination.

Venice. It’s the Queen of the Adriatic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and so popular with tourists that the city has considered imposing a limit.

In fact, Venice typically welcomes as many visitors every day as people who actually live in the historical center, and many have expressed fear that the soul of the old city may soon be lost to the rising tides of climate change, an aging population, and an economy that relies increasingly on tourist dollars.

For Skye McAlpine, though, there is a different Venice — a Venice of community ties, dark osterias, and a slower lifestyle than the excitable crowds would indicate. She would know; she grew up there, and never really left, her connection to the city a constant theme in her popular blog From My Dining Table.

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