I do not have many regrets about my travels to the charming city of Venice in Northern Italy. Even missing out on a gondola ride through the canal didn’t leave me feeling all empty inside. What did leave a vacant spot in my soul was related to a famous bar and its even more famous cocktail. The bellini at Harrys Bar in Venice.

My biggest regret after leaving Venice was that I did not drink a bellini at Harry’s Bar.

We took the Valporetto, my pseudo gondola ride, to the birthplace of the bellini, Harry’s Bar in Venice. The boat ported practically at the front door, which I took as a subliminal message. Besides, my hands were slightly frozen and surely a libation would warm them up.
Doors at Harrys Bar in VeniceWindow at Harrys Bar in Venice

We entered a room full of bellini laced tables. That should have been a sign.

But, I was being my frugal self that day and at 16 euros ($22) each, it wasn’t the bargain beverage I was looking for. I did briefly question my euro-to-dollar conversion, because even when dining at the pricey Ritz Carlton drinks were cheaper than Harrys Bar in Venice. The calcuation was spot-on, unfortunately.
Interior at Harrys Bar in Venice

Instead, I ordered an eleven dollar glass of prosecco, one of the cheapest drinks on the menu, next to sparkling water.

As I waited for my drink to arrive, I nibbled on an olive antipasto and was forced to watch as the bartender lined up the bellini glasses for all the patrons who were not as economical as me. A mild form of torture.
Making Bellinis at Harrys Bar in Venice

My Italian champagne beverage was very good, but tainted by the desire for the assembly-line made drink of the house. Certainly, I could have forgone a half dozen espresso drinks to spring for a memorable experience of a lifetime.

What is your biggest travel regret? Have you had a bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice?


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