Venice, Italy is an amazingly beautiful city to visit, but it can also be tricky to navigate your way around. Most travellers have only a day or two to spend in Venice and a list of things to see and do….take these tips and maximize your vacation.
- Plan Decide what you want to see whilst in Venice before you leave. Put your destinations into Google maps and get a feel for what attractions are close to others you have on your list, so you can plan a route. In addition, download this water taxi route, so you know what water transport you will need, if any. This brings us to number two….
- Transport Paying for water taxis, aka Vaporetto, is about 7 euros or 8 USD for one trip (prices subject to change); a trip is considered using the water taxi to go in the same direction for 75 minutes from the time ticket is validated. There are options to purchase tickets for 1, 2, or 3 days and this means 24, 48, or 72 hours from the time you buy the ticket. We had a planned route and bought the 1 day ticket in the late afternoon and used it that evening and all during the following day. Check out ticket prices for water and land transport here ACTV. Remember some lines only travel in one direction, so figure that out prior to planning your route. My suggestion is to take a Vaporetto ride all the way around the island one time near sunset for gorgeous views of the city.
- Validate Do NOT forget to validate your tickets after purchase at the white stands prior to entering the floating dock or you will be fined several hundred euros in fines.
- Eat Find reputable, authentic Venetian restaurants prior to arriving and plan your lunches and dinners accordingly. There are tons of overpriced, yucky tourist traps to be had. Simple rules to follow are these: walk three blocks in the opposite direction of any major attraction to find decent restaurants, avoid those with pictures on the menu, and know that a margherita pizza should cost between 7-8 euros as a base for if the restaurant is a ripoff. Here are some nice choices in Venice if you are wondering, Prosciutto e Parmigiano, Vini Da Arturo.
- Book Get in on getting a guide for your vacation! It does cost a little extra, but it is SO worth it. Check out this glass blowing tour instead of going to Murano, make masks at Ca’Macana for an authentic Carnivale souvenir, or get a guide for a tour of the city at Venice Free Walking Tours (don’t forget to tip at the end). Lastly, make sure to book your Doge’s Palace tickets (this is the official site) & print them, so you can avoid a long line/queue when you visit.
***BONUS*** Gondola rides are pretty expensive, but worth it, if you want a private ride in Venice. Reid’s Italy has a fantastic guide for booking a Gondola while in Venice. Also, DO NOT accept a free ride to Murano as it is likely a scam where you will feel extreme pressure to buy expensive items upon arrival. Refusal to do so, may result in not having a return trip. :0
Here are some fantastic travel guides for Venice.
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