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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
"Location! Location! - Can't quite beat the location on this one! Also the rooms were large, and clean." … "Good for the place in Venice - Nice, Friendly, noisy at nights (because of a bar in front of it), hard to fine (like other places in Venice), Open till late (when I arrived), Near to everything and everywhere, 27 Euro for a night is little expensive for a room with 4 beds." … "Bedbugs - bugs! itchy & scratchy all over my...
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...
Albergo Antico Capon
"First-Time Hostel User Very Impressed! - This hostel is in Campo Santa Margerita -- a very cool place to stay, not too crowded but lively and fun! Accommodations are decent and staff is friendly. Location is central and neighborhood is beautiful without being tourist-crazy. Had a lot of fun!" … "Great but I think I was lucky - Apparently some people are lucky and get to stay at the advertised location, and others are sent to other...
Alloggi Gerotto Calderan
"HIDDEN GEM, clean & convenient place to stay in Venice! - This place is a hidden gem. It's an affordable place to stay on the Venice island without getting hit hard with your wallet. The room is nice and clean, feels more like a B&B than a hostel. It has solid Wi-Fi connection which is a plus! The location is near the train station, and the street is lively even at night compare to other places in Venice (San Marco square) so we felt quite...
"Nice place - workers are friendly." … "Stellar Hostel Experience in Venice - Stayed for 2 nights in a mixed room with 6 other students. Good bathroom which was restocked daily. Excellent host who gave very good recommendations on what to do/see in Venice. For a hostel, can't expect anything better in the city. Excellent service, clean beds and great views from the rooftop. Do expect a number of stairs getting to your room (we stayed on...
"Worst ever - Had stayed here before because of location but never again. Rooms are hot and no fans. Rooms not clean. Owners cater mostly to others from India and seem to hate other nationalities and talk down to you. Worst hostel in my life and I have stayed in over 450 hostels around the world." … "Ok, but not so great. - Reasonably friendly staff though a couple of them couldn't seem to find my booking on return from a wander and...
Sleep Cheap at Francesca's B&B
"Good value - The hostel is hard to find but when you're looking and see the door that says "this is not a hostel" they only mean that one doorbell! The hostel is there. A little scary walking in but once you're inside the owner is very kind and when another guest was late to check in he waited up most of the night for them. The rooms are bare but have the essentials and are clean. The location is very good and the breakfast is plain but still...
"clean, quite good, hard to walk - Location is hard to walk. But it's the charater of venezia. You should use waterbus. The staff was nice. Keep your luggage free. The room was clean. I recommend." … "Good hostel - This is my first time to stay in hostel. Better than expected, has water in the room. Room and hallway are clean, restroom is ok. All staff are nice and helpful. Just bathroom is so small and there is no place to hold...
Cà del Pozzo B&B
"… the secret code to check in alone for free. If you prefer to be collected at Santa Maria del Giglio boatstop, 20 euro after 15.00. Only cash payment accepted, national tourist tax is not included in total price. * 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....
Haven Hostel San Tomà
"… cafeteria and stunning buildings. You'll discover here why Venice is called the most romantic place all over the world. We offer accommodation in single and double rooms (most of which have ensuite facilities). Another factor making you more and more convenient of good hostel's choice is a small terrace where you can take a look at Venice's red roofs. We do our best to make you feel as best as possible as we provide you...
Hotel Ca'Sa Linger
"Bugs ruined stay - Me and four friends stayed in the 5 person room with an en suite, so we filled the place up with people we knew. If it wasn't people we were comfortable with, it would have been a very uncomfortable stay. There were no lockers or anything for security, it was a very small room with three beds and one bunk. We felt cramped even with just our backpacks for the weekend. The linen they provide is not great. All beds had a...
"… Venezia and the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the wrchitectonically stunning Giudecca. Now you can join the pleasure of sightseeing and visiting this most romantic place all over the world with a calm sleep and rest from the crowd. Another factor making you more and more convenient of good hostel's choice is the nice interior with a small patio and nice common room. We do our best to make you feel as good as possible as we provide...
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...
"Good Hostel with good location - Location is good, room was clean and also big. The only drawback is it is on the third floor without lift and the entrance door doesn't had the latch. Staff is also good. Overall good place though highly priced (not only hostel but Venice itself)." … "Great stuff, amazing stay, bad bedbugs - Had awesome time there! Alessandro showed us around and was so funny. Also showed us how to paint masks and made...
Jan Palach Hostel
"… along the corridor. For all guets Free wifi connection, free city map, free luggage deposit on arrival and departure. Hot shower, hairdryer, sheets and blankets are included in the price We offer a fully equipped kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.; a very big supermarket is just few steps from the hostel. You can easily prepare your meal! Jan Palach Hostel staff is looking forward to seeing you and it's ready to help you...
"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
"… area, and the experience of enjoying a typical aperitif Spritz with the Venetians is priceless! Stay at one of the city's cleanest, safest and most convenient place on Venice Island! Our young staff will show you the best way to enjoy all of this magical city's most wonderful treasures of art, architecture and culture, such as St Mark's and its formidable Basilica, and a 5 minute stroll through the quaint and engaging streets...
Casa Rosseta For Backpackers
"Well located but not so good - The location, a short walk from the train station (in cannaregio), is the only great thing about this Hostel. They have one toilet (the bidet was not connected to water for those who are interested), no dryer (wash is €6), checkout is early (10am) with no option of leaving your bags for the day and the breakfast is very very meagre. Feels clean and is in a cute labyrinth of alleys but is double the price of many...
San Geremia Rooms
"The sink was blocked and we were blamed for it! - The sink was blocked and so when we first used it on entering the room it immediately filled up with water. After announcing this to the man at reception we were accused of having done it ourselves. We were not offered an exchange of room, the sink which was now full of water was not emptied and no one was sent to fix it. The next morning staff at reception were rude and accused us once again...
Backpackers House Venice
"… - - - PAYMENT IS IN CASH ONLY City tax is not included and it's 1.5 euro/person/night. Backpackers House Venice is proud to offer you extremely clean rooms and beds in Venice with all the comforts!!! - - - IMPORTANT - - - Check-in should be done at Hotel Antico Capon, just in the middle of campo Santa Margherita, at the first floor. Check-in is only possibile from 2:00 p.m. until 24:00 a.m. If you're going to arrive before 2.00...
"Really nice! - I love the view and location. Alex was a super good and helpful host. The rooms and bathroom were very clean and nice and the breakfast was simple and good. I would definitely stay here again!" … "Really good - The location is good, if sometimes a bit noisy -- perhaps to be expected in crowded Venezia. The things that makes the whole place work is Alex -- so, if he leaves the business it is not clear how things will be...
"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." … "… being just 15 km away from the airport and easily reachable by car or bus (which stop just opposite the hotel and run every half...
Casa Per Ferie La Pietà
"Very accommodating! - Everyone working there was very friendly and helpful. They offered free breakfast, free towels, and large lockers. The rooms were clean and spacious. The terrace was also a really nice touch." … "… on all Venice, and bathrooms on each floor. We also have an elevator, air conditioning in every room, internet access, breakfast( included ) and reception 24/7. !!!ATTENTION!!! All changes or cancellations must...
"… 10 minutes from rialto bridge , the neighbourhood is very quiet , and even if we are really close to the main monuments , the area is not so crowded by tourists. The apartment is large and comfortable , is inside an old , typical venetian palace, we' ve got several rooms with different types of accomodation , double triple and dormitory, there are two bathrooms , there is also a kitchen with all the facilities where u can cook your...
"… - After check out (10:30 am) luggage storage is available for up to 24 hours - On weekends and festivities the minimum stay is two nights PLEASE NOTE: After check-out we need time to clean up the room after the guests, so the room for check-in guest is ready at 3pm. PLEASE ADVICE ABOUT ARRIVAL TIME The "Academy" offers mixed and female dorms: with four or five beds. All beds are new and have comfortable mattresses; WI...
"Left us stranded - We booked a room here for our trip to Venice. With less than a day's notice, we received an email saying there was a mistake in the booking and there was, in fact, no room available despite our having paid a deposit. I emailed back immediately asking if they had any other properties with available rooms or if they could assist us in booking a hotel at a similar price somewhere else. They did not respond. I still haven't...
"… historical palace, the entrance is amazing with front desk and living room, 1 huge kitchen free us for guest, (We only ask our guest to keep the kitchen very clean with each use, there will be no exceptions, otherwise will be turned away the dirty guest) the rooms are all huge and are approximately 20 to 30 square meters: rooms with: 6 single beds 5 single beds 4 single beds 3 single beds also 3 very large bathrooms stocked with...
Venice Lagoon House
"Overbooked - We arrived at 10pm, woke up the guy who owns/runs the place. Very far from bus stop given on his directions. He came down, said he was already booked. I told him I made a reservation in November. He had forgot about the reservation. So he ended up putting two beds in the dining room for us. We had a reservation for three nights, none of which he had available for us. The next morning he ended up sending us to a campsite, with...
"… spoken languages. It is the perfect site to relax after one day in the City, having a refreshing drink with the only sound of birds and garden animals. Also a little kitchen is present, and a washing machine. City tax is not included (actually is 4.00 € / person / night) Venice Garden has 2 dorm types available: 4 female beds and 4 mixed beds - total 12 people All beds are regular size (190 x 80 cm), each provided with reading...
B&B Venice Hazel
"Clean hostel and helpful staff - Room is clean, so does bathroom, but there are only two bathrooms so sometimes you need to wait. And the water pressure is not so good. The staffs there are very nice, helpful, like talking about this city and others. The breakfast is very simple, without milk and fresh bread, just tea bags and jam and biscuits, sometimes the owner will provide home made dessert, it depends. No credit card and tourist tax isnt...
Boutique San Marco
"Great stay, super clean, amazing staff - This hostel was really amazing, the rooms are big and spacious. The girl in charge of the rental is really cool and friendly. I got food poisoned and she took care of me really well. Rooms are clean." … "… floor with elevator it has a wonderful view on the rooftops of Venice, also has a roof terrace where you can sight see Saint Mark cathedral from an amazing point of view. In the shared...
"… rooms with comfortable beds and private cabinets in a modern style. In the hotel you will find a large garden to 'entrance, a spacious living room and a kitchen equipped with everything you need to prepare your meals. Please note: Check in: from 11.00 am until 9.00 pm Check out: 10.30 am Cancellation Policy: 3 days Credit Cards accepted Breakfast not included You will also find a TV lounge and there is free...
Sunny Terrace Hostel
"Sit back and relax in our common room, use free computers with internet access. Our hostel is a perfect spot for travellers to explore Venice and the Veneto region. Our bilingual staff would try to make your stay as perfect as it could be! No smoking in the whole building. We offer: comfy rooms with private bathrooms, 24/7 reception, tourist information, free maps, free internet access, beautiful location. Please note: Check in:...
Hotel & Hostel Colombo For Backpackers
"Colombo backpackers Venice is both a budget hotel and a cheap hostel, since it provides both private rooms and hotel facilities and it's perfect for all those guests who appreciate more privacy and relax and many shared rooms and it's perfect for backpackers and young people searching for fun in a budget accommodation!" … "Mestre Train Station - from platforms go downstaird to the underpass and follow direction Marghera. Exit...
"Accommodation was ok but nice hospitality - Accommodation is quite central and very close to all amenities and water taxi stop C A o'dre. Just loved the food at nearby restaurant OLD WILD WEST even after midnight. Nice hospitality from Hostel staff. kitchen was very useful and quite nice breakfast included in stay. it may not be a lavish looking accommodation but comfortable." … "Great location, not so easy to find. - My friend and I...
San Servolo Servizi Centre Lodging
"… spaces and terraces are situated in the context of beautiful and expansive parkland with a view to Saint Mark’s Square, just an eight minute vaporetto trip away. The Museum of Madness, a cloister and a stunning church from the eighteenth century complete San Servolo’s cultural offering and place the island amongst the most important conference and training centres in Venice. San Servolo Servizi Centre Lodging Terms and...
Friendly Venice - Female only
"Friendly Venice is a 3 minute walk from the Fine Arts Academy and 5 minutes from Saint Mark's Square. This female-only hostel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and parquet or tiled floors. Overlooking Campo Santo Stefano square, rooms share 3 bathrooms and one toilet. Guests have also free use of a full kitchen and a living room with views of the square. A sweet Italian breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room of the Friendly Venice."...
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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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