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3 Aug 2020 - 5 minutes

How to have a Venetian vacation here in Manchester

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Ciao! We’ve spent our connecting flight recovering from our Ibiza live DJ set on amazing was that!? If you missed it, check it out here! Big shout out to the team at Pukka Up, Be Like Butter, Matt Saxx, Monka and the Carmina dancers for providing a great night of entertainment!

Monday brings us to our next location. If you’re feeling a little groggy coming back to work today, grab yourself an Espresso...Martini! Or maybe an Aperol Spritz? Ok, maybe just an espresso for now (more on the cocktails later in the week!) The second destination on our holiday-tour of Manchester is none other than the beautiful city of Venice. From miles of canals to endless amazing food, sit back, relax and let us show you how you can experience the city of water, right here in Manchester!

Manchester canal at sunset with AXIS tower in the background

Image courtesy of @snapsmcr

The Canals

Walking along some of Manchester’s canals, it is easy to see the similarities between these two cities. Relics of the industrial era, and left a little derelict in the latter half of the 20th Century, canals and waterways are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Millions of pounds have been spent on the regeneration of canals over the last two decades, and it is paying off. More than 10 million people in Britain visit these waterways each year to either boat, fish, walk or cycling along them, enjoying the soothing serenity that water has to offer.

Luckily for Manchester, over 10 miles of canals ribbon through the city. Many bars and restaurants are using their canal-side setting as a great selling-point for outdoor drinking and dining locations. Deansgate Lock is a great example of this, with an array of bars built into the railway arches next to the canal and right on the doorstep of AXIS. The aptly named Canal Street, heart of Manchester’s thriving LGBTQI+ community, is another great example of where canals and cocktails meet to provide that feeling of a Venetian vacation.

We’ll be taking you on a tour of the best walks and ways to enjoy the Manchester canals later in the week!

Bruschetta from San Carlo Italian restaurant in Manchester

The Food

Canals aren’t all that give Manchester the Italian connection. When thinking of Italy, one of the first things that comes to mind is its food. Pizzas, pasta and ice-cream are all staples of Italian cuisine, and you’ll find plenty of it here in Manchester. We sought out some of the best Italian restaurants that have re-opened in the city, and what’s more, many are taking part in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme so you can indulge safe in the knowledge you are helping the hospitality industry. Calories don’t count when they are for a good cause, right? Check out our blog for our wider selection of Manchester eateries taking part in the campaign.

San Carlo

Situated on King Street West in Spinningfields, San Carlo is a no-themes, no-gimmicks restaurant based on authentic modern Italy. A departure from the traditional Italian restaurant experience, San Carlo delivers the best of Italian food and drink in an upscale, contemporary setting. It is renowned across Manchester for its elegant décor, delicious food and unique atmosphere.


Located on Clarance Street, Piccolino brings a new meaning to ‘all day, every day dining,’ boasting a wine boutique, cocktail bar, international juice bar, theatre grill, pizzeria, an oyster and caviar bar, a Harrods style food hall and an alfresco terrace overlooking Albert Square. Piccolino has an opulent look, bringing out of the best of the Victorian listed building that it calls home.

Sugo Pasta Kitchen

As the Ancoats restaurant name suggests, Sugo is ridiculously passionate about pasta and obsessive about making Italian food exciting once again. Sugo draws from its deep-rooted Southern Italian heritage and creativity to put soul, mind and character on to each and every plate it serves.

Sicilian NQ

Previously known as William Sicilian on Hilton Street, the restaurant moved into a new premise at 14 Turner Street in the Northern Quarter and renamed itself as Sicilian NQ. It offers beautiful Sicilian food alongside gelato, Sicilian wine, cocktails and beers in their friendly neighbourhood bistro and bar.

Ciaooo Pizzeria

Another restaurant in the Northern Quarter, Ciaooo Pizzeria have been perfecting its pizza dough and culinary techniques for more than 15 years. Using only the freshest ingredients and a touch of creativity, Ciaooo Pizzeria offer perfect pizzas and an array of delicious dishes. The slow-rising sourdough pizzas are baked at 450 degrees, locking in the natural moisture and aromas to create a delicious crust that accompanies the delightful toppings.

Keep an eye out as we highlight some more Italian food and restaurants later in the week!

Pizza with balls of mozzarella

The Culture

Art Galleries and Museums

The arts also have a big part to play in Italian culture, with some of the world’s greatest artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian all hailing from the country. And if you’re into the arts yourself, you’ll find plenty of galleries and museums throughout the city, such as Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Science and Industry Museum. Again, we’ll be shining a spotlight on more of these galleries and museums later in the week.

Exterior image of Manchester Museum and the University of Manchester

Hopefully this has been enough of a taste to tease your Italian appetite ready for the weeks ahead. So, get in your gondola and let’s go exploring!

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