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Venice is a truly magical city. It is always bustling with tourists, especially in summer, however the city is so beautiful that somehow this does not detract from the overall experience. It is renowned for its architecture and the beautiful canals, which make the city what it is. Known as the Floating City, it is easy to see why, as the buildings just seem to float and the only way to travel is by boat, water taxi or gondola.
There are quite a few Venice hostels to choose from. If you are looking to stay in dorm style hostels, there are a few hostels near the train station. Or there are hostels that provide mainly private room style accommodation. Most offer a deal on dinner, or a small free breakfast. The main train station is called Venezia-Santa Lucia, which is on the historic part of the island, whereas the other station, Mestre, is located a bit further out.
The Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco are major tourist attractions that you cannot miss. Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square is comprised of St. Marco's Basilica, and the Campanile, a prominent clocktower overlooking the open square. If you want to enter St. Marco's Basilica make sure you cover your shoulders, as they will not let you in otherwise. You can shop for at some of the beautiful shops for Murano glass items or jewellery, eat a gelato, or enjoy the architecture. Watch out for lions statues and lions adorning the buildings, it is the symbol of Venice.
Venice has something for everyone. Seafood is the traditional food of Venice and can be quite expensive, however pizza and pasta is generally not too expensive and quite delicious. Ask your Venice hostel about suggestions for where to eat cheaply.
The shopping and souvenirs in Venice are quite excellent. Genuine Venetian mask stores occupy every corner, they will have a seal on them if they are made in genuine Venetian style and technique. You can take a water taxi or water subway to the nearby island of Murano, if you want to view some glass being made. The glassmaker heats silica to a high temperature and you can watch as he shapes it. If you have a bit of extra money on hand, you can barter with a gondolier for a 30 minute or hour long gondola ride. It is an amazing experience, and your gondolier will act as a tour guide pointing out famous houses and bridges. If you're a romantic, rumour has it that if you kiss a loved one on a gondola at sunset under the Ponte di Sospiri (The Bridge of Sighs) you will be together forever.
Venice hostels tend to fill up quickly, especially during the summer, so be sure to book your bed or room in advance.
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Gondolas on Venice's Grand Canal
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"If you are at all disappointed that hostels are becoming more and more like hotels, then the HI - Venice - Ostello Venezia Hostel is for you! It is a very typical and traditional youth hostel -- the rooms and bathrooms accommodate a large number of people; the ground-floor common area is well-used and teaming with interaction; there are a lot of rules for guests to ensure a safe, respectful atmosphere; a variety of amenities come with a truly...
La Pescheria Backpackers
"I would highly recommend this hostel, which is situated just 15 minutes by foot from the train station and Piazza S. Marco. The rooms are clean, safe and quiet. You can save a lot of money using the hostel's kitchen. Also the owner, Antonio, and Larissa, who takes care of all the rooms, were very friendly and gave very good tips about what one should see in Venice. Stay here and you will have a good time for little money!" … "I...
Ostello Santa Fosca
"A fairly nice hostel about 10 mintues walking distance from the train station. It has a full kitchen (closed during the day) and good bathrooms. There is a small sitting area near the reception desk and a huge stone courtyard with tables and chairs and there is a basketball/soccer court. It's usually pretty quiet. There are occassionally people around to hang out with but it isn't a very social hostel. There is an early lockout starting...
"Archie's House is inexpensive, with a very nice staff who seem pleased to help you navigate Venice. But the facilities are very old and dingy, making the whole place feel very dirty and uncomfortable. The Location The location is easily the best part about this hostel. It's located almost directly between the train station and the main tourist sites of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, so everything is within a twenty-minute walk...
Nuova Locanda Belvedere
"Nuova Locanda Belvedere in Venice is located in Mestre on the mainland of Venice in a quiet residential area. The building is welcoming and clean and you’ll find the reception downstairs whereas you’ll have to climb a flight of stairs to arrive at the actual hostel (no elevator). The building is in an area with lots of small restaurants and cafes and a supermarket is also within walking distance. A kiosk to buy your public transportation...
"Great little hotel right in the centre of the action in Venice! Super close to San Marco -- but a decent walk or ferry ride from the train station. We stayed here in August 2006 (would not recommend Venice in the height of summer holidays, however -- it was packed!). This place had friendly service, clean rooms, and a good breakfast included. Highly recommended!" … "Hidden gem, great location, great rate! - This was my first trip to...
Albergo Antico Capon
"A warm welcome to a superbly sited hotel which exceeded our expectations. Our room was splendid and so handy for all quarters of the city. The immediate vicinity of the hotel was charming with eye-catching features which added so much to our stay in Venice." … "I took the chance on this place so most of you won't have to, I stayed here April 16th to18th, 2007. A very nice place with no bedbugs stayed in a four-person room for 22 Euro a...
Alloggi Gerotto Calderan
"I paid a bit more than I had bargained for (83 euros a night for a double), but it was a holiday weekend and they seemed to have the only room available in town. We had such a lovely stay, though. We had a beautiful room, with a balcony overlooking the square, and it was so incredibly close to the station — really easy to find in a city where nothing is easy to find. My only complaints were the very loud (and very close) church bells going...
Hotel Ariel Silva
"Ariel Silva Hotel, one star hotel , is located in the historical centre ofVenice, not far from the railways station, at 10 minutes from PiazzaleRoma and very close by to Casino. Recently restaured it has 10 roomsWith private bath and 4 rooms (if necessary communicating) with 2 Sharing baths. All rooms has hairdrier, safety, telephone and warm andCold air conditioned.The reception is open day and night and English,...
Dimora dei Fiori
"After walking nearly a kilometer from the reception area and up 2 flights of stairs we reached our twin room of 2.5m by 3m — it was basically a double as there was no room to spread the beds apart. A fan kept the air circulating. A kettle was the only breakfast facility and there was no refrigerator. The shower had poor pressure. It's located in a very active area with plenty to see and do. There are five rooms on the floor, all awkwardly...
"Excellent value, great location, friendly and helpful staff - Emmanuel is a native Venetian and speaks six languages. One could hardly ask for a better source of information on The Most Serene Republic. Clean, generous rooms, great location, very cheap for Venice. I shall return!" … "Very recommended - Emmanuel and his father really want you to have a good stay at their hostel. They are both very friendly and will give you any useful...
"… - - - PLEASE NOTE - - - Venice City tax is not included in the price and it has to be paid by cash at arrival. DO NOT USE AMERICAN EXPRESS TO BOOK ONLINE HOTEL GIOVANNINA: BOOKINGS MADE WITH THIS CARD WON'T BE ACCEPTED AND THE DEPOSIT WILL BE LOST!! - - - NON REFUNDABLE ROOMS (PREPAID RATES) - - - Please note that if you book a 'non refundable' room you must provide a valid credit card with enough money to cover the full...
Sleep Cheap at Francesca's B&B
"The stay was good. - I waited at the reception for about an hour for the hostel guy to come. The breakfast was ok and the overall stay was good." … "Horrible - This B&B is technically a B&B. You do get a bed and you do get breakfast. The language is Mandarin. No English or Italian. This place is a private apartment located on the third floor of a dilapidated building in an alley near the train station. To enter, you must walk through a...
Cà del Pozzo B&B
"… arrival, after midnight 20.00 euro. * Cancellation Policy: will be possible until 1 week before arrival date without any charge, for late cancellation (72 hours) one night staying will be debited every three. No Show: 100% * Only CASH patment accepted. Tourist tax is not included in the price Double, triple, quadruple and also quintuple rooms, all with private bathrooms. Very safe building, in the centre but quiet. The town and...
"Residenza Santa Croce is an excellent place to stay if you're looking for a hostel that will provide you with a good night's sleep after a long day in Venice. The rooms are spacious and overlook a quaint courtyard. Although there is no common room due to the two-building setup, the staff are friendly and provide guests with a map and directions to major sites in Venice upon arrival. The Location The main office and actual hostel...
Hotel Ca'Sa Linger
"Very friendly and attentive host and excellent localisation - In a very charming and typical house. 10 minutes from san marco place, 5 minutes from the vaporetto (Arsenale station). The welcome was perfect -- very friendly and attentive. The rooms are very correct and absolutely clean. Objectively unbeatable value for money." … "I got to Venice really late at night, which I don't recommend because it is really dark and confusing and...
Backpackers Hostel Venice
"Simple hostel without a hostel name - Pro -- friendly staff, cozy and nice room. Con -- super noisy, super hot, no fan, no wifi, need to go another hostel to borrow. Overall is ok for few days as a single but not for family." … "Terrible - Possibly the worst travel experience I have ever had, only book it if you are desperate. My stripped-down, prison-like single room was hotel-price expensive, the lights didn't work and the windows...
A Venice Fish
"Free dinners, an incredibly social staff, and a location to die for make A Venice Fish the hostel to stay at when traveling through Venice. The Location The Fish is located about twenty to twenty-five minutes by foot from the main Venice train station. Or guests can take a five euro water taxi and save themselves a few minutes walk. The nearest water taxi stop is the stop near the Venetian casino and is a five-minute walk from the...
"Walker's Choice - The hostel is in a good position -- near the water bus, a 5-minute walk to Rialto bridge, and during the week there is a open-air fish and produce market right down the street and across a small bridge, along with some vibrant nightlife in the nearby campo. Everyone who was staying at the hostel seemed pretty cool (which was good because the same key opened all of the room doors), and the manager was helpful. Good luck with...
A venice Museum
"A Venice Museum is extremely unique and the included breakfast is delicious. The name of the hostel is no exaggeration -- it is really an old museum that has been remodeled as a youth hostel. The Location The location of this hostel is great -- once you find it. Navigating through the winding streets of Venice, it is easy to miss a turn and get lost attempting to find this hostel. It is located about twenty-five minutes from the train...
"L'Imbarcadero overlooks the grand canal and is a very short walk from the train or bus station. It is a quiet hostel and not very sociable. The location is great if you don't want to be surrounded by tourists and hassled every time you step out of the hostel. The Location It is just a five-minute walk from the train station and bus station and a twenty- to thirty-minute walk to Piazza San Marco. It is tucked away on side streets that...
Youth Venice Home
"our place is Venetian house with characteristic high-ceilinged rooms and imponent balconies. Completely renovated in 2008, the Locanda is placed in the most quite and discreet 'sestiere' of Venice, near the main points of interest and shopping: it will only take you a bridge to get to san marco square and short walk to riato bridge. In a home-like atmosphere, you will find a qualified sevice to provide you an unforgettable stay through art...
Casa Rosseta For Backpackers
"Good, friendly, nice location - The room is suitable for friends trip. The location just near the centre. Especially, the staff is very very friendly! Also,restroom is nice! If I back to Venice, I will choose here to stay again!!!" … "Great Location, good value for your money - Had a great experience, mostly due to the people I met. The place was really basic with just one bathroom for 10 beds (if they are fully booked), a "kitchen"...
San Geremia Rooms
"Good Hotel, Convenient location, Mind the curfew - We had a private room and bathroom and it was definitely nice, clean, and secure. The convenient location by the train station is absolutely amazing. Since Venice is a maze, trying to navigate it and find/ride a boat with all of our luggage would have been a real difficultly. Also, the vaporetto (boat-bus) is 7 Euro/person one way so if you're considering hotels farther away, you should...
Backpackers House Venice
"… we have private rooms with private bathrooms we have mixed dorm rooms and we have females dorms! We have solutions for long turm stay! We have solutions for all your needs! City tax 1.5 euro/person/night Backpackers House Venice offers you both private and shared rooms, always at the lowest price of the city! Please note Check-in should be done at hotel antico capon located in campo santa margherita. In need you can send sms.....
B&B Best Holidays Venice
"… to confirm your arrival time and arrange the meeting to deliver the keys. We have an dependance 100 meters away from san marco square The rooms are with shared or private bathroom The breakfast is included No lockers in the dorm Free Wireless Internet available For the moment the payment has to be done in CASH ONLY For ckeck-in you have to come next door to the BB at our other hotel Locanda Poste Vecie We look forward to...
"… bed. Cancellation or Change is 48 hours before your arrival ONLY by email. Phone cancellation is not accepted. ***Please note before you book*** ****** No Air conditioner ******* ****** Tourist tax 3,00€ per person per night ******** Payments can only be done in cash, credit cards are not accepted At Silk Road Hostel, we give our guests spacious dorm rooms with just four people per room. Each dorm room has beautiful views out...
"Bad time. - This Hostel is very far away from Venice so the location is bad, Also, the staff is very rude and lied to you. Because of the bad information that the staff give me, I almost miss my plane to the States. The bathroom was dirty and they dont clean the room in the 3 days I stay." … "… the year could make you sick after the first day!! Pay just a little more and get a nice warm and comfy bed!! We're the newest Hostel...
Friendly Venice - Female only
"… the world with its Campanile, the church, the Doge Palace less than 10 minutes, Ponte dei Sospiri 10 minutes, Goldoni and La Fenice theaters 10 minutes. Nightlife lovers will find very close to Friendly Venice the most famous restaurants and bars in Venice as Da Fiore restaurant just on the corner, Harry's Bar and Hard Rock Cafe' and just two steps from the only real nightclub in Venice, The Souk. All of our rooms have a...
"… your kind understanding on that. Pillows and blankets are provided. - After check-out, luggage storage will cost €5 for the whole day. Cancellation: You may cancel your reservation free-of-charge up to 7 days before arrival. Deposits are non-refundable. We do not accept booking modification/cancellation on arrival. Check-in and Check-out: - Please let us know your estimated time of arrival to arrange check-in. This can be noted...
"… ( 2x sheets, 1x pillow case ) , remember to bring your own sheets to save your money! - Please kindly understand that sheets are mandatory for sanitary reasons, however pillows and blankets are provided to all guests. - After check out (10:30 am) luggage storage is available for up to 24 hours, free until 1 PM - On weekends and festivities the minimum stay is two nights PLEASE NOTE: After check-out we need time to clean up the...
The Arches Venice
"… 2 female dorms, a twin room and a double bedroom which has its own private bathroom - The priavte double room is really spacious and it has two little balconies overlooking the canal It has an ensuite bathroom and a big double bed. A fridge is provided with coffee/tea making facilities - The female dorms have single or bunk beds and both rooms have tables and chairs The rooms are large and wide with marble floors and comfortable...
"… days BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE. In case of no show, You Will Be Charged the cost of the entire stay. ATTENTION: we accept CASH only! The City of Venice enforced a new tourist tax for visitors staying overnight, starting from August 24th 2011. The decision was taken by the City Council last June 23rd 2011, when the new tax regulations were approved, after the Italian Government passed the national law on "Regulations on the subject of...
"Property Located in the heart of Venice, this hostel is in a 17th century building, offers luxury single beds in dorms. All the rooms are very large and quiet!! Guests can relax in the huge living area with 2 modern sofa for 6 people and desk/reception, Emeralds Place is a quiet and relaxing spot in the very center of Venice. It is located just 1 minute from rialto bridge one of the attractions of Venice, full of theatres opera, bars,...
"… a single building of 2 units, so the flat Is very quite. Biker ? No problem ! The way from the train station is absolutely flat (there are only 2 bridges, each with only 10 steps). And if you choose the internal lane, one could say that you can come to us by bike ! (Beware! It should be not permitted by the law ! ). To park it (free), we have a courtyard surrounded by walls. Check-in: 14.00 to 22.00 (arrivals after 22.00 will...
"Great location, not so easy to find. - My friend and I stayed here for two nights and it was ok, our roommate was a little noisy and the door to the hostel hard to open. But the biggest disappointment were the directions. They were not clear enough to get us to the hostel easily (which once you knew where it was was easy to get to). Do not go over the big bridge?? that was where we had to go over and there were not signs on the bridges that...
B&B Venice Hazel
"… NOTE: Check in: from: 9:00 AM * THE LATEST CHECK IN: 11:00 PM * THE RECEPTION IS OPEN TILL 11:00 PM, CHECK IN AFTER 11:00 PM IT COST EXTRA 10 EUR. Latest Check out : 11:00 AM * THE LATEST CHECK IN: 11:00 PM * CANCELLATION POLICY : 72H BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL BY E-MAIL. Payment upon arrival only by cash * Bed sheets are not included it is obligatory to have them for sanitary reason You can use your own bed sheets or rent here for 5...
Boutique San Marco
"… notified 72 hrs in advance. Boutique San Marco is housed in a magnificent noble Venetian white stone palace, located at the end of Rio della Canonica, better known as Rio del Ponte dei Sospiri (Small Canal of the Sighs Bridge). An excellent location to comfortably visit the city walking. Boutique San Marco offers cosy shared rooms in the Saint Mark district. Being on the third floor with elevator it has a wonderful view on the...
"Venice Paradise is a friendly hostel set in its own gardens and located between 2 ferry stops: Accademia and San Samuele. You will be a 2-minute walk from the Accademia Bridge, 5 minutes from Saint Mark's Square, and 10 minutes from Rialto Bridge. The dormitories at Venice Paradise come with a cooling fan, a shared wardrobe, and a private locker per guest. The 2 shared bathrooms are complete with shower. Free Wi-Fi is available. The seating...
"… August 24th 2011. The decision was taken by the City Council last June 23rd 2011, when the new tax regulations were approved, after the Italian Government passed the national law on "Regulations on the subject of municipal federalism", according to which local authorities are entitled to enforce tourist taxes in order to finance tourism, maintenance of cultural heritage sites and environment, as well as public services. The amount...
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Venice Travel Tips & Suggestions
Most people gather in the Piazza del Popolo for the festivities there. There are a few concerts going on in town also but the majority will be in Piazza del Popolo.
What to do in Venice? You could just walk, walk, walk down the beautiful streets, drinking poetry of one of the most amazing cities in the world, for months -- if you have soul, that is.
I agree about the Rolling Venice card and also the Venice Museo Card, which gets you into all the big and also all the little museums. You can get one at the big museum across the square from San Marcos Cathedral (I forget what the museum is called, but it's huge and directly across San Marcos Square). Going to the little museums will really get you away from the crowds and into local areas. We got lost and asked several locals how to get here or there and even though we spoke English and they spoke Italian, they knew what we wanted and on two occasions, we were personally escorted by locals to our destinations! The locals are super friendly, helpful, and will go out of their way to help you. And yes, don't be afraid to get lost. The whole place is interconnected so eventually you'll come back to start.
Venice is absolutely amazing. Yes, it's expensive; yes, it's touristy; but it's also got amazing art, culture, history, and food (if you know to avoid the touristy places). I suggest you get a Rolling Venice card -- it'll get you into all the tiny churches that you would otherwise avoid due to multiplying costs, for instance. My other suggestion is to put away your map and wander. Get lost. It's not scary or dangerous (as a young, single female traveler I should know). What's the worst that can happen? You'll wander into the sea? I got lost and found the most amazing series of churches, shops, and bars. The only problem was that I've never been able to find them again since. My last hint is to say "Buon giorno" to the locals. Be nice and you'll find that Italians are (on the whole) the most awesome, generous, and friendly people.
Be aware, travelers -- most places do not take credit cards, only cash. That means for 75% of those places that they are illegal and do not pay taxes.
Venice is a beautiful lady. But Venice is as well robbing people's money. They charge 6 to 8 Euro an hour for internet, 9 to 12 Euro for a washing a load and drying, and up to 35 Euro for a hostel bed. Be prepared to pay more than in other expensive cities. Tip, if you crave a cappuccino, drink it standing at the cafe's counter -- costs between 1.20 and 1.40 Euro instead 2.50 Euro sitting down. Look in the side streets for cheap bars and restaurants. That way, you have a cheap stay and save money for more travels.
Venice is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I wanted to stay forever, and I was so sad when I had to leave. The best thing about Venice is that it is a walking city, so you can feel free to explore the entire area. Look at everything and take it all in.
I have visited Venice six times, as I think it is the most beautiful and unique place I have ever seen. I have been to every continent in the world and I still get drawn back to Venice. The history, art, culture, and romance of this city is truly remarkable. The food is superb, but the food in all of Italy is superb anyway. My favourite city, my favourite country -- if you appreciate the best go see for yourself.
— Margaret Wilson - Sydney, Australia.
We stayed only a week, and so now we're planning a visit of two months.
— Peter S
Please reread history and you will realize that you need to stay in Venice not two days but two years to appreciate what the town has to offer! Venice is not Disneyland! Every stone is a piece of true history here. If you don't like culture and art and architecture, stay at home. Please pay respect to Venice, bow to Venice and all that Venice offered to the world, from Vivaldi to Tiziano to Casanova and learn to appreciate Italy. Italy is history.
Venice is a must-see for Italy.
— Joni G
Venice is love -- Paris is just an illusion. Make sure your gondollier can sing -- most don't. The one I recommend is Mauro. Ask around the other gondolliers and they will point you to Mauro.
referring to the hotel Al Gallo, 3 stars category: it's a pity the hotel would very nice, proper and well-located, nearby the railway station and in a delicious part of Venice, it wouldn't be for the service: the welcome was quite horrible, and during the evening the same man argued about the wasted water having the shower!! then spending 100euros he should be politer and permit a second round of coffee in the morning, if one would like, isn't it?
— eleonora bocchi e loris
Don't be a tourist. Stay at Cannaregio District or Dorsoduro. Find a small studio apartment. Eat at local coffee bars and ignore the stares. Have breakfast at local bar anywhere in the island and get a daily good coffee. Find Le Cafe in Campo St Stefano at the foot of Accademia Brigde and order hot chocolate at the bar -- it's cheaper. Order any drink at the bar. Don't be afraid to get lost. You'll find surprising local restos and bars and you won't get robbed.
Interesting, but navigation system is a little bit confusing.
Yes, yes -- you will get lost. But just enjoy yourself -- once you get lost, you'll see the best stuff. Really though, if you pick up a good map, it's not too difficult to navigate around. Do beware the mosquitos -- I got bit all over, about three weeks ago, and the bites were huge and scary looking. I still have red marks, although the swelling went away. The food prices are outrageous and the quality mediocre, and always ask how much something costs before ordering -- my husband ordered a beer, regular size, and it ended up costing eight Euro! Oh, and the "sarde en saor?" Skip it, unless you have an affinity for cold sardines. But you have to see Venice at least once in your lifetime! It is breathtakingly beautiful and one-of-a-kind. Definitely go, no matter the mosquitos or food costs.
Venice is lovely once you get over getting lost all the time. It would have been better to go with someone as getting lost by yourself is worse. I found the people really helpful. I would have gone to Venice to see the Guggenheim collection -- it moved me to tears and a definite must for modern art lovers.
I hated it. Dirtiest and stinkiest place in Europe.
Most accomodations are not near the train station, but that's a bonus. Since Venice is comprised of tons of little islands, if you want to stay in the heart of the city, then you would want to stay away from the train station anyway. The walk from the station to the first real bridge bringing you into Venice is great (you can't get lost, it is one winding road) but once you cross the bridge it can get confusing. Just be polite and ask a local for help (or point on a map) and you shoud have no problem. As touristy as it is, take a gondola. If you can find an open post in the middle of the day, go for it (most people try to do early morning or early evening) and because there wont be a long line, you may be able to negotiate the price. And of course, in the evening you must go to Piazza San Marco, one of the best piazzas in Italy to see the church, listen to live music, and have a good meal.
Venice is beautiful, but very expensive. Don't waste your money on water taxis, and if you really need to try a gondola, use one of the traghettos which take you from one side of the Grand Canal to the other - only 50E! And for cheap food, check out the Cafe dei Frari right across from the Santa Maria dei Frari church. There's no pricelist outside so you know it's cheap - I got a panini and drink for 5E, and the cafe has super nice baristas and great character. A must see.
We did not like Venice. If you must go, stay for a day or two -- that's all you'll need. People there don't know the word politness. If you have lunch at restaurant, check your bill very good because they like to add things that you haven't ordered.
Venice is beautiful. But be warned it can be expensive and there is a limited amount of things to do. I wouldn't recommend staying more than 2 days. The St. Mark's area is super touristy and so the crowds are large, and prices high. Go there and then move on to other parts of the city (I personally enjoyed the area around the train station). Grocery stores, and cheap Pizzarias/bakeries/sandwhich shops are easy to find so buy your breakfast and lunch there to save on food costs.
Venice is cool and you can do anything there... but there are a lot of pigeons!
We found the supermarket was the best place to get food. Fresh rocket and parma ham was cheap. Ended up making picnic lunches. My favourite thing was just getting lost in the back streets and finding hidden local shops, galleries, and pizzerias. Venice is magic.
— Tristan - London, UK
Bring your own food and bottled water--the food and drinks are VERY expensive. Lovely city though, well worth your time!
Venice is breathtaking. You know you are there when your train is the only thing separating you from the blue waters of the sea. Venice can be touristy, but if you stray off course of the tourist venues, the little narrow alley ways become adventures all of themselves. We met many friendly Venetians who were happy to show us their homes. I fell in love with the musicians who serenaded us while we walked down the streets. There are many bridges each with its own unique view of canal-side doorways. Pigeons are plentiful, yes, but no poopy on me. But watch for mosquitoes, I did get bit by one and I am still recovering, but being bitten by an Italian mosquito is charming any day! Ciao!
— Denise - Philadelphia, PA
Be careful of where you stay when you go. There are two train stations and our hostel was truly only a 5 minute walk from the station, but it was the Mestre station. We had to take a train everyday which ends at midnight so if you like to go out, be really careful of where you stay. Make sure you visit the islands. They are a different change of pace and you can see them making glass in the factories which is super cool. Everyone is right on the prices, we went to McDonald's once because the food cost so much and the bills always had random charges for stuff we didn't get. Have a good trip!
Truly a magical place! I found Venice to be like an artist's set of a stage. Everything so quaint and individual. Through the magical mazed streets, I will struggle to match this truly unique place!
Venice is a breathtaking city. The romantic vibe is amazing. It is a must when you go to Italy. You don't have to stay long, two days is enough.
Venice is absolutely beautiful. The architecture is breathtaking. This is a must-see city. Go to St. Mark's, it is free to visit inside but photography is not allowed. But it is magnificent, breathtaking inside. The Piazza San Marco outside the basilica is also very nice. Just walking around is nice. Beware of water taxi drivers trying to get your fare - for a similar price you can get an all day ticket on the ferries. These guys will catch you as you enter the city and show you which way to go - to their taxi. Ignore them and get a ferry. It is worth catching a ferry and staying on it to see the city from the water. Everything else is very expensive. Beware of restaurants who display a price list out the front - they will charge heaps for drinks (even soft drinks) and for "services" and even for "complementary" food. Venice is absolutely amazing. Put it on your list.
We did not like Venice. Very very pretty, but nothing to do and millions of pigeons (I got pooed on). If you must go, stay for a day or two -- that's all you'll need. Very very expensive.
Don't bother buying a travel card, Venice is so small you can walk around easily and it's a nice way to see the city.
When dinning out watch out for "complimentary" copperto. It will cost you *only* 3 euro/person.
— RUXANDRA BURCEA
When you arrive in Venice go to the tourist info booth and get a "Rolling Venice" card. It's worth the price just for the money you save on vaporetto passes alone.
— Michelle Torres
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