The unmistakable orange of the Aperol Spritz lights up Campo Santo Stefano, in Venice, where it opened Terrazza Aperol, a project by Vudafieri Saverino Partners with Cassina Custom Interiors

Fluid, dynamic and sparkling space, characterized by the unmistakable tones of the orange of the Aperol Spritz, Terrazza Aperol is a new meeting point in Venice to share the aperitif, a ritual that, originating from the narrow backstreets of Venice, has become a global ritual, an essential moment that brings people together spontaneously.

The new venue of the historic brand of Campari Group, which extends beyond 200 sqm, of which 90 sqm outdoor , is located in Campo Santo Stefano, a few steps from the Accademia Bridge. The interior project, designed by Vudafieri Saverino Partners and realized in collaboration with Cassina Custom Interiors, revisits the bacaro, the typical Venetian bar, restoring a place linked to the most authentic local traditions and at the same time vibrant and cosmopolitan, in a continuum between interiors and exteriors.

Design concept: Venetian roots reinterpreted

In the interior project curated by Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino, the elements of the Venetian tradition are reinterpreted in a contemporary key. Venetian mirrors become digital monitors for sharing photos with other Aperol bars around the world. Hand-crafted stucco and wood flooring reclaimed from Venetian bricole (navigation poles from the lagoon) are combined with pops of orange. There is a mid-20th-century-inspired bar with 3D-produced recycled polycarbonate panels, and benches with classical forms are paired with neutral fabrics and contemporary style.

A “fil orange” combines bacaro and bar

In celebration of Aperol’s iconic colour, the restaurant bar features plenty of orange details, from the edging of the seating and the orange bathroom to the shelves and mirrors. This orange “fil rouge” flows through the different spaces and gives a truly distinctive touch.

Terrazza Aperol is a fluid, interactive and dynamic space with 2 areas within that join together but have their own separate entrances: the bacaro bar, a traditional space offering an authentic Venetian aperitivo and the restaurant area, with an extensive menu of food and drinks that makes it the perfect destination at any moment, whether it’s coffee time or late evening. Both spaces blend seamlessly with the large outdoor terrace that looks out onto Campo Santo Stefano.

Bacaro, spritz and cicchetti

An intimate and at the same time convivial space, with an atmosphere that refers to local taverns, the bacaro is characterized by a historic Sansovina wooden ceiling, typical of Venice. For the informal and lively use of a menu featuring Aperol Spritz and “cicchetti”, traditional Venetian finger food, as protagonists, Vudafieri Saverino Partners has specifically designed a particular seat: a sort of long bench, padded and leaning against the wall, equipped with tables, tippers and folding by Cassina Custom Interiors.

Digital mirrors connect with the world

The digital mirrors are particularly distinctive and their shape evokes traditional Venetian ones. These virtual touch points are connected in real time with other Aperol bars around the world, creating digital points of contact between cities and different countries.

The bar counter with ribbed fronts

The focal point of the interior spaces is the large L-shaped counter that connects the bacaro area and that of the bar. Made by Cassina Custom Interiors with a white Corian top, it stands out for the surfaces covered with 3D printed recycled polycarbonate panels in Aperol orange, the identifying fil-rouge of all the furnishings in the room. The shape of the counter and the ribbed fronts refer to the Italian tradition of the twentieth century reinterpreted in a contemporary key. On the wall behind the counter stands the full-height display of bottles with an antiqued mirror back, shelves with orange edges and niches.

The space is lit with a combination of soft lighting and concentrated spots of light. Tables, merchandising and counters are highlighted with ceiling spotlights and led strip lighting. The result is a warm, welcoming atmosphere, with Murano glass chandeliers that add to this extraordinary setting.

The sparkling bubble mirrors

The bar is furnished with different types of tables and chairs developed made to measure with special finishes and fabrics: from stools and benches with a casual style to bistro tables and chairs, for a food experience; casual and relaxed drink. L 'iconic orange also colors other furnishing elements: from the profiles of the glass shelves to the lighting bodies up to bubble mirrors, mirrored bubbles that evoke the essence sparkling of cocktails.

The outdoor terrace

Fluidly connected with the interior through large windows, the outdoor space has two distinct areas: the dehors of the bacaro with high tables, ideal for a standing aperitif, and a versatile lounge area and the outdoor area of the bar set up with traditional bistro tables and classic director's armchairs, both with wooden slatted structure, developed according to the architects' design, from Cassina, which also made to measure the Aperol cart , a mobile station on wheels covered with the characteristic orange panels, used for preparation of the Aperol Spritz.

Recycled materials respecting the peculiar urban fabric

The space takes its inspiration from Venice’s traditional social scene, such as its coffee shops and its historic palazzi, with materials and processing techniques reinterpreted to create a contemporary feel. The oak flooring is made from reclaimed “bricole” navigation poles, grey Venetian stucco, that brings to mind the colours and atmosphere of the lagoon waters, features beautiful Murano glass mosaic tiles in distinctive Aperol orange. The traditional exposed-beam ceiling with decorated joints (called “Sansovina ceiling”) has been restored and illuminated and the contours of the mirrors recall those found in Venetian coffee shops of days gone by.

The gastronomic proposal

Special attention has been paid to the food concept. Ranging from breakfast to after-dinner it has been created specifically for Terrazza Aperol by Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani, chefs of the Michelin-starred restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan.