Christmas and New Year’s in Venice

A few years back, for a holiday issue of Dream of Italy, I asked Ruth Edenbaum, co-author (with Shannon Essa) of the book, Chow!
Venice: Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima
, for tips on spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Venice as she has spent a handful of holiday seasons in the city. Below are a few of her suggestions (but you can read the full list here):

  • Each year on December 26, the Frari Church in San Polo (in the Campo dei Frari) offers a free concert at about 4:00 p.m. The church is filled with magnificent art, including Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin, Canova’s Tomb and a carved monk’s chair from 1468. Get there early and dress warmly.
  • For an incredible seafood dinner and a warm celebration at midnight, go to Trattoria Antiche Carampane on New Year’s Eve. (San Polo 1911; 39-041-5240165) The price for dinner runs about $125 per person. No matter where you go that night, you must make reservations.