You need only remember two things while visiting Venice: the location of your hotel and the route from it to Harry’s Bar, hidden away in Calle Vallaresso, a few steps away from Piazza San Marco. Leave everything else to chance, after all that is the magic of Venice, no?
Opened in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani, the snug, wainscoted room, with walls painted butter yellow, is illuminated by from the sunny reflections off the waters of the Grand Canal outside. At night, the atmosphere in this most famous bar in the world turns clubby and old school chic. Here the Bellini (Prosecco and white peach puree) was born – the official drink of Venice Carnevale. Enjoy it along with a shrimp scampi or carpaccio appetizer served to you by white-jacketed waiters. A beloved haunt of the rich and famous, writer Ernest Hemingway sipped extra dry martinis at his own corner table here. Pricey? Perhaps. But when will you get a chance to bask here again?
The colors of the room’s walls and table linen were specially chosen to make everyone look their best in the softly reflected light.
Take this video tour of Harry’s Bar, courtesy of the lovely folks at Allthegoodies.com:
Calle Vallaresso 1323, 30124 San Marco, Venice, Italy