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St Mark's and Rice and Peas in Venice

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St Mark's and Rice and Peas in Venice

The city of Venice has many traditional recipes: and so a visit to Venice is not complete without a dining experience!

To worthily celebrate the patron saint of Venice, the Evangelist Mark, one cannot absolutely miss  Rice and Peas.

It is a thick soup that is especially prepared in April, as it is a typically spring dish. Its origins may be traced back to the early centuries of the history of Venice, when the city was under the rule of Constantinople because those populations had long had the habit of mixing rice with other ingredients.

A plate of Rice and Peas  was offered to the Doge in the Banquet Hall of the Doges's Palace  during the celebrations in honour of St. Mark on 25th April.

The Doge of the Venice Republic turned it into an auspicious use for the party of the Republic of Venice, on St. Mark's day. A dish combining rice, cereal which is symbol of fertility (as when handfuls are often thrown over brides), with peas, one of the  spring vegetables  grown in the lagoon gardens, was offered to all members of the Venetian government.

To get in touch with the rich food and wine of Venice is an experience that should not be missed during your stay in the lagoon! In our food and wine tours section you can find many original ideas to combine a visit to Venice to discover its culinary tradition: cooking classes, bacaro tours and many other original activities!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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