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  • Writer's pictureStefania Gioia

Have a Tea in Venice!

Imagine a secluded spot out of the hustle and bustle of the city, a gracious garden surrounded by climbing wisteria and small orange trees and a cozy room where to enjoy a cup of tea in the chilly winter days. After a long walk through the narrow, crowded alleys of Venice, a place like this might sound like a mirage… Still, it really exists!

Located in Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, Fujiyama tea room is immersed in a neighborhood that was able to preserve its genuine character and still hosts many local shops. Yet, to reach this little oasis you don’t need to walk hours far from the neuralgic points of interest, as it is just minutes from Ponte dell’Accademia and close enough to the Guggenheim museum.

The Venetian Elena Piaggi, who’s been managing the place since 2012, was able to create a relaxed ambience, perfect for Oriental Languages students, who often meet for conversation exchanges, but also for the many friends she has in the city and from her French travels. Besides, the tea room’s strategic position makes it a real discovery for those tourists who dare to explore the city’s hidden corners.

As many other entrepreneurs, who live life as an adventure and, if needed, are ready to quickly shed their skin, Elena used to work in the film industry. With some friends, she had created the Circuito Off short film festival, that was dedicated to experimental creations by emerging artists and in a few years became an important branch of Venice Film Festival. As the funds were no longer provided, the festival had to stop and Elena managed to find a place to unleash her creativity, turning Fujiyama in a meeting point for small events such as tastings and book presentations. Along with the lovely tea room, she arranged a cosy 4 rooms b&b, that benefits from the peaceful area and is frequented by Venice lovers who keep coming back.

Offering a wide selection of teas from Japan and China and a number of classic and aromatic black, rooibos and flower teas, tisanes and infusions, Fujiyama is also the ideal place to enjoy a relaxed aperitivo. In fact, along with a full bar, a small assortment of seasonal bites, vegetarian and raw vegan friendly, are perfect for a light lunch or a delicious snack to pair with spritz or local wines.

Have a Glass in Venice is excited to include this stop in its Dorsoduro off the beaten path tour!

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