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City Guide Venice, Italy

Visiting Venice

It’s a phrase used all too loosely when describing so many cities around the world, but there really is nowhere else on earth like Venice. Built on 117 small islands, 150 canals flow through the city centre and each and every one will have you grabbing for your camera. While its streets can be incessantly busy, something will urge you to propel yourself through as many of them as possible. It can be unashamedly expensive, but eat and drink where the locals do and a visit there won't be as costly as you think.

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Venice City Reviews

  • 80%

    bsteudler3766

    Venice is awesome

    Perfect weekend getaway, Great food, small city that you can get lost in on foot (or water). Obviously great for romance, foodies, hobby photographers....

    Insider Tip:Take the vaporetto to Giudecca (largest of the island, overlooking St.Marc's square across the water). Buy slice of pizza and a bottle of italian red wine and watch the sunset over venice from a panarama view, together with other travellers outside the Ostello on Giudecca. Absolutely amazing!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Stay away from San Marco Square!

    As a Venetian veteran, I can say that this is one of the prettiest and ugliest cities I've ever visited. Or maybe I should say that the enormous stream of tourists is ugly, throwing shade on the beauties of Venice itself. There's only one thing I can say to people who visit Venice for the first time: stay as far as possible from San Marco Square. You'll find the real beauty in places where less people are.

    Insider Tip:Roam around in Castello and Dorsoduro, visit Giardini, visit the Biennale (especially the free exhibitions are amazing, you'll find them all across the city!), the islands, buy a vaporetto 3-day card, Google cheap places to eat, find a bar with locals to drink coffee, try the traghetto gondolas and, if you happen to stumble upon a boat with a few Venetians on it, try to get a lift;)

  • 40%

    jaqbnimble13

    Romantic, relaxing city.

    Venice was nice because it was much more relaxing than other big tourist destinations in Italy. It is very expensive, so you must budget accordingly. Great people watching in St. Mark's Square. Hot and humid in the summer.

    Insider Tip:Use bathrooms when you see them as there are not many in public.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    A city to get lost in

    Venice is truly a city where without a doubt you will get lost but it is in the best way possible! It was my favorite city from all the 6 we toured in Italy. Venice was truly one of a kind with fantastic food and shopping!

    Insider Tip:Watch out for pick-pocks they are EVERYWHERE! Don't accept any roses and keep your bags locked and close by!

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Venice was so beautiful. It has a great atmosphere. Most of the main attractions a re different churches, but I preferred to wander the streets and take in the beauty of all the twists and turns. A problem with Venice was that tourists greatly outnumber locals. Also, not much nightlife going on.

    Insider Tip:Vaporettos are expensive so it is better just to walk if you are on a budget and they do check tickets to make sure you paid.

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