Venice, Italy
Jacopo, 28
Bartender, Events Coordinator
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a bit about Jacopo

What do you do and why do you do it?

Currently I have two jobs, the main one is a bartender, better known as an “oste”. My job allows me to meet hundreds of people a day, which is good… sometimes. The second is an events coordinator for Mattaccino’s association which is based in Venice. We focus on creating cultural events that range from the arts to cuisine and everything that’s in the middle.

What TV show is a must watch?

Without a doubt, “Scrubs” by Bill Lawrence. The cleaner is my favourite character, the way his character is built just from looks actions and a few words is so exciting to me. He actually reminds me a friend of mine.

What’s the best karaoke song of all times?

Of course it’s “More than a feeling”, especially sung in Italo-English when you don’t know the real words or you are so drunk that you have forgotten them.

Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?

Frankenstein junior by Mel Brooks.

Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?

I don’t remember reading sad books, I usually like a lot more adventure books or futuristic romances, I don’t remember crying with Orwell’s 1984, but it was deeply sad anyhow.

Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in Venice?

The best shopping I do is about food, mainly fish, that I do at the Rialto market… And I never forget to buy fish for my cat as well, otherwise he gets too upset and won’t communicate with me anytime soon….

What’s the one place in Venice that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?

The secondhand shop at the church of Santi Apostoli, I’ve never seen anybody going in there, a part from myself. I am sure that many people go there to talk though 🙂

What’s your dream job?

I can’t put together the word dream with job. Maybe just if dreaming was a job?

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Venice of course! Why? I’m here to show you why.

Where do you go in Venice if you have two hours to kill?

If you own a little boat you just go out in the lagoon for a swim or to fish, if you don’t happen to have a boat with you, or a similar vessel, then you can have a coffee in some of the amazing squares all around the city.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Venice but never actually do?

Go to the Fondazione Prada museum, I always want to go there but I’m lazy.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in Venice?

My hero is Baffo Moretti, the face of Birra Moretti, and if I have a drink and a chat, I would first of all go for a row on my sanpierotta (a typical Venetian boat for rowing) and then I would go to have a Bellini at the Harry’s Bar, such an inspiring place.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in Venice would you be?

Cannaregio, my neighbourhood!

What’s the place in Venice you’ll never be caught dead in?

Lido in winter.

Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in Venice?

Always at the same 2 spots: the bar I work at (Paradiso Perduto) or in Campo Bella Vienna, at Marcá

Where would you go in Venice to celebrate the best news EVER!?

At the “Serra dei giardini”

It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in Venice to party?

You go to Paradiso Perduto, then Aldo and then, if it’s a very long one you go to Biliardi, a meeting point for highlanders.

It’s your last day in Venice – how do you spend your time?

I would take my boat, I would go far out in the lagoon and fish all on my own.

What’s the one place a first-time visitor in Venice can’t miss?

It’s taken for granted, but I would suggest Campanile di San Marco.

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