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

  • 60%


    No need to stay long

    Venice is about seeing the city and canals - we thought. The city is expensive. Very confusing to navigate. The signs directing you often had two arrows pointing in opposite directions.

  • 70%


    Too many tourists

    We were little bit disappointed as there were too many tourists in Venice. In every single corner there were tourists; we guessed there were even more tourists than locals there. For us the sightseeings were not that much fancy that people have been talking about thou.

    Insider Tip:- Wake up early to experience Venice without tourists. We do not like to wander with many tourists, so we woke up at around 6am and got to the main island around 7am. The streets were empty, except the locals doing their daily works and some few early tourists as well. - Sunrise and sunset in Venice is magnificent, especially the sunset view from a window in the Doge's Palace. - Prepare a good map. You're likely to get lost there.

  • 80%


    the romantic venice

    is hard to review such a notable city as venice, every cliche has some truth in it, don't go just by yourself

    Insider Tip:prepare for heavy expenses, the venezia unica can be a relief if you plan to rely on vaporetti

  • 50%



    Venice is an interesting place to visit, but you really don't need to stay for more than a day or 2 (One day for main island and then maybe another day to check out some of the surrounding islands). Apart from maybe Rome, it is probably the most touristy place that I visited.

    Insider Tip:It is EXPENSIVE to eat (I paid 18 euro for an average spaghetti carbonara for lunch and this was probably the cheapest thing on the menu). Also often extra fees at the restaurants. Also be aware that throughout Italy there are City taxes not included in the accommodation prices. This is anywhere between 50 Eurocents and 4 Euro's per night (I think it was 1 euro/night for Venice). And yes, the water from the public fountains on the island is drinkable (at least I did it and didn't get sick).

  • 70%


    Short visits.

    Venice is a beautiful place without question. If you can avoid the mobs of people and head down some of the less concentrated areas I found I appreciated the scenery more. I'm not too sure how much night life there is, walking around at night was very quiet and actually really enjoyable. It was great to set up the camera on a tripod and fire away. In all I'd say it's a pleasant place to see if you enjoy walking about and people watching.

    Insider Tip:Likely not an insider tip, but get off the heavily walked areas and there's a considerable price drop - I found more so than most tourist cities. Not just at restaurants but also when buying wine etc.

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