Venice has become iconic for being one of the only cities in the world built entirely on water. On top of this it has an array of museums and churches, plenty of top end restaurants and shops dedicated to famous home crafts such as Venetian masks and glassware. For those eager to vacate to Venice, here are some valuable hints and tips to ensure you make the most of your visit.
When to go?
Venice can get very busy, which can make negotiate the narrow streets and canals frustrating, as well as resulting in long queues for attractions. The quietest period is generally September through until November. Summer is best avoided not only because it is so busy, but because it can often be pricier – plus the heat can cause the canals to whiff quite a bit!
How to get there?
The nearest airport is Venice Marco Polo. You can find some cheap flights for less than fifty quid by going out of season or booking last minute. Visitors from the UK won’t need a visa yet, although the EU Etias update may apply to some with future plans to travel. From Marco Polo airport there is a direct train to Venezia Santa Lucia station.
Where to stay?
Many people will prefer to stay in the city itself, although hotel prices can be costly. There are campsites and hotels further out with cheap shuttle services into the city that will cost you less. This might give you a bit more money to dine out or to try out a gondola ride.
What to see?
Venice has a lot to do. You can pay for boats to get around everywhere, but you’re likely to spend a lot of time walking, so it’s worth planning your itinerary. The piazza San Marco has three attractions within it to try out – St. Mark’s Basilica, The Doge’s Palace and Torre D’el Orologio. Even if you don’t pay to go in these attractions, you’ll want to see the iconic square. The island of Murano meanwhile offers the opportunity to see glassware being made, offering hundreds of shops selling glass ornaments. Meanwhile, taking a trip out of town to Verona can be worth your while – this city if only a couple hours away as is the legendary setting of Romeo and Juliet (you can visit Juliet’s balcony).
Where to eat?
Eating out in Venice isn’t cheap, especially if you’re planning on experiencing fine dining. That said there are places to be found off the beaten track. Street food can sometimes be ideal for lunch and is often very affordable and wholesome. Such places include bakeries, takeaway pizzerias and even takeaway pasta places. The city has plenty of café’s for getting a light bite and a coffee. Don’t expect to slip into a restaurant and use their toilet – many places will only let you use their loo if you’re a paying customer with some even requiring you to ask for a key!
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