Tucked away down a cobbled side street behind the Grand Canal hides Al Volto; Venice’s oldest wine bar where you can take a step back in time to 1936.
This wine bar is basically made entirely of wine, seriously. The bar itself is a stack of vintage wine boxes, the walls are adorned with collectors bottles and the ceiling is absolutely covered in stickers from wine bottles. There’ll sure as hell be no forgetting what kind of bar you’re in here. Luckily Al Volto has remained relatively untouched for almost a hundred years and has still got the rustic vibes with its old wooden tables and chairs, low ceilings and that musty smell that comes with old dusty wine bottles.
As most places on this island the time to hit this bar is around 7pm when you’ll find an insane assortment of chiccetti (Italy’s pre-dinner bar snacks) spread across the bar. Team your glass/bottle of vino with fresh breads, Italian prosciutto or octopus. With a wine list longer than the bible you’d better get cosy, you won’t be leaving for a while.
Photo credit: Hannah Lodge