Venice: Make mine a Spritz (or make it yourself with this Spritz recipe!)


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There are many great things to see and do in Venice – from gliding along the canals in a gondola, to visiting the island of Murano to see a master glassblower at work.

But once the Bridge of Sighs has been sighted, you’ve visited the stunning San Marco Square and its dazzling Basilica, and toured the Doge’s Palace, it’s time to take a seat and experience Venice like a true local.

And the best way to do that is to bask in the golden afternoon sun in a stunning piazza whilst sipping on a Spritz!

Served with a side of nibbles such as potato crisps or delicious Tramezzini (Italian white-bread sandwiches served crustless in halves or quarters), the Venetians know how to mix a Spritz like nobody’s business!

Of course, the best way to enjoy a Spritz is perhaps seated in St Mark’s Square or in a little piazza hidden amongst the maze of streets and canals that make up Venice. However, below we have included the Tessa Kiros Spritz recipe so you can have a taste of Venice wherever you are.

Spritz – Red & Orange

Tessa Kiros recipe from ‘VENEZIA – food & dreams’

4-5 ice cubes

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) aperol or campari

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) white wine or prosecco

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) soda/seltz

A thickish chunk of orange with skin

1 olive, shaken out of brine and threaded onto a cocktail stick

‘This is a much appreciated aperativo in Venice. To make a Spritz, take a large wine glass and add a good splash of an aperitif, such as campari or its lower-alcohol version, aperol. Next comes a good splash of white wine or prosecco and a few ice cubes. A splash of soda water (club soda, or ‘seltz’ in the bars) is next because it revs everything up from bottom to top, and last, a piece of orange and a green olive a cocktail stick. The olive is in brine and not rinsed, the lady says. The drink comes halfway to three-quarters up the glass. Very nice.

Everyone has their own way of Spritz. Use aperol or campari or whatever you prefer. Some people say no olive, other no orange, one wants a piece of lemon, one wants prosecco instead of the wine, one wants no wine at all – it’s a bit how you take your coffee – rather personal. So here’s a rough guide to how I like my Spritz. Adjust yours to suit your personal preferences.’

– Put the ice into a large wine glass. Splash in the aperol and then the white wine, next a good whoosh of fizzy water to get everything moving and mixed in. Add the orange and olive on a cocktail stick. That’s it.

Serves 1


To experience for yourself what Venetian dreams are made of, we have a great Venice tour discount package. In one glorious afternoon, have a ride in a gondola on our small-group Original Gondola Tour. Visit St Mark’s on a guided tour and have our expert tour guide take you on a tour of the Doge’s Palace. Conclude your day with a relaxing ride on the Grand Canal in a motor launch on the small-group Grand Canal tour.

Booking this package entitles you to a free return transfer to Murano, including fabulous factory visit and a special discount voucher.

These Venice tours are also part of our super-discounted Grand Italy Tour discounted tour package including small-group tours in Rome and small-group tours in Florence.

To explore other areas of Italy, we have great tours in Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Umbria, Naples, Pompeii and more.

Visit the Artviva Tours website for more wonderful things to see and do in Italy, or email us on

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