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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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Generator Hostel Venice
"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!" …...
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
"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 night. In Venice you literally can't beat that. I had a friend stay on the mainland at a place for 19 Euro, so for the extra 3, be on the island, and in a great place for nightlife. It did get a little loud on some nights, but you are right in the university district...
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...
"Fantastic spa vacation - The staff was fantastic, a great warm welcome upon arrival, helpful with all my needs & questions. Quick response to any issues and resolved. Its a small intimate boutique hotel with limited spa services but what they had was enough for my stay. Great location for walking to attractions. Not quite soundproof but what hotels in Italy are since I have been traveling. I would definitely stay there on my next visit. Again...
"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 trying to reclaim my room key. Wifi unusable from room, had to come to lobby to use. Hairdryer didn't work, mentioned it to staff on departure so I hope something's been done. But otherwise comfortable, and good value. Shop over the road (guaranteed customers due to location) was selling mouldy fruit ... yum...
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...
"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 clothes." … "… tax is 2 eur per person per night not included, has to be paid on arrival only by cash. The Hotel Iris provides 29 typical Venetian style accommodation rooms. Some rooms have lovely...
Cà del Pozzo B&B
"… on foot. The Ca\' del Pozzo Bed & Breakfast can satisfy all kinds of needs of its clients: from those of the couple who want a romantic holiday in Venice, to those of a large family. Ca\' del Pozzo offers various types of room: double twin or double, for four with two double-beds or four single beds. All rooms are provided with private bathroom with bathtub or shower, frigo bar, air conditioning, safe, satellite TV, Free...
Haven Hostel San Polo
"… 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 with an Internet access, common room with TV, table tennis and fantastic Venetian...
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." … "Hmmmm. If you like to be close to the heart of things, you'll like this place. Our room was so central it...
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...
"… 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
"… and departure. Hot shower, hairdryer, sheets and blankets included Daily cleaning of common areas from 10 am to 12pm The reception is NOT open 24 hours per day. Please read carefully the reception hours before booking. Morning: 9.00 AM - 12.00 PM Afternoon: 4.00 PM - 10.00 PM Check in: from 4pm to 10pm (arriving after 10.00 pm you must arrange an appointment by email) NO ARRIVAL ACCEPTED AFTER MIDNIGHT. Check out: before...
"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
"… and its formidable Basilica, and a 5 minute stroll through the quaint and engaging streets of Venice! They could also take you to the "party" bars in the university district while you walk past San Marco, cross the academy bridge towards Campo Santa Margherita and get some drinks on the way - all guided by our friendly staff! IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL CHARGES. Please read this information carefully before booking with us: - 3€ city tax...
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 and friendly staff - This hostel is about a ten minute walk from the train station and very easy to find using the map in the site. The rooms are nice and big and very clean. The lady...
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
"… - - - 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 11:00 p.m. If you're going to arrive before 2.00...
"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." … "… with one big meeting room where you can socialize with other travellers and make new friends. At Hostel and Hotel Colombo there are...
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."...
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...
"… Staff - Self entrance Key provided - Free WI FI - Free Maps available - Free Tea & Coffee - On site we can provide Italian meals on request - €3 Venice city tax to be charged daily - Bed sheets ( drapes - savannahs - bettwäsche - lençóis - çarsaf - przescieradla - povlecení - obliecky - rjuhe - lakan ) are available for rent for €5 Euros ( 2x sheets, 1x pillow case ) , remember to bring your own sheets to save your money! -...
The Arches Venice
"… let us know at least 24 hours in advance your arrival time!! Rooms are brand new, comfortable and each of them has balcony overlooking the canal The house is furnished with the typical Venetian style and has a beautiful marble floor It feels really cozy as the property has just 2 female dorms, a twin room and a double bedroom which has its own private bathroom - The private double room is really spacious and it has two little...
"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...
"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,...
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...
"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...
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...
Venice casa Diedo
"Very nice guest house, clean, well located, welcoming staff - We very much enjoyed our stay at Venice casa Diedo. The place is well located at 10min walk from the train station, the staff is welcoming and friendly and the room are clean. A kitchen is available, clean and functional! Thanks for everything." … "Not good - I have to say, the location is not easy to find. Then when I got there, I tried to opened the window cuz the room is...
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." … "… 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...
"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...
Residenza Santa Croce
"… a.m. Till 12.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Till 8.00 p.m. You have the possibility to leave for free your baggage during check-in office opening time. It will be a help for you because check-in office is located in a very strategic point nearby train station and bus /car terminal. Special conditions: Cancellation policy required: -2 days before arrival date, 1st night penality We accept bookings outside the opening time of our check-in...
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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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