Venice Pocket Guide

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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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Venice.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Venice... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Venice.

Venice City Reviews

  • 90%


    Venice Magic- Biennale

    If you like arts Venice is the perfect place: not only the city itself is lke open-air museum, it's full of places to visit and if you go there during biennale like I did you will have chance to see many exhibitions inside the gourgeus venetian houses (most open for free). The main exhibition is in Giardini+Arsenale and requires at least 2 full days to visit.

    Insider Tip:Don't miss museum inside San Marco, to have chance to admire the panorama from the balcont and the mosaics from near. If you have extra time after visiting Venice, Murano and Burano, pay a visit to San Lazzaro (armenian monastry island). Pay attention to restaurants, most of them add 12% taxes (they invented in Venice). Pay attention expecially because this can be added to service. I noticed though that usually the ones that don't have (at least in main island) are not ran by italians or serve frozen foo

  • 90%


    City Break in Venice

    Was a great holiday! Great experience for all points of view, great people, amazing landscape, especially on autumn (september, october), all the shops ar like mini-museums of Murano-glass, lace, mask and jewlery made by great artisans. there you can find all that your soul want ho have peace, quitness, romance, entertainment, history, art, musique.

    Insider Tip:Find a place to stay in San Marco. It is more easily to get to the other islands. Once you have reached the San Marco or Piazale Roma make an abonament for waterbus transport, it will be cheaper to travel were and whenever you want.

  • 70%


    One of my favorite cities!

    I'm a bit biased towards Venice, but it remains one of my favorite cities after 8 years! The city itself is beautiful, and the people that work there are either really nice or rude, it tends to fluctuate for some reason. All you can really do is walk around, and it's almost impossible to navigate. There is also nowhere to go out on the Grand Canal except for a few bars, so don't get your hopes up! If you do want to go out, try the main land. Delicious food nonetheless, and relatively cheap!

    Insider Tip:Whenever I go to Venice, I have a simple itinerary: wander around and eat. Don't make any plans to do anything, because there's not many touristy things to do and it's hard to find your way around. Choose a restaurant that's farther away from Piazza San Marco to save yourself some money. And ladies, make sure to cover your knees and shoulders, or bring a light sweater! I forgot this, and was disappointed that I couldn't explore all of the beautiful churches!

  • 80%



    Venice is a beautiful, clean and romantic city perfect for both couple's and traveler's. The winding canals and endless bridges lined with boats and gondola's create a busy yet tranquil atmosphere and ensure that there is always something to see. The many cafe's and restaurants provide a huge variety of italian and european foods for most tastes, and at relatively good prices!

    Insider Tip:Visit St Mark's Square - but eat a little closer to the bus and train stations as it is cheaper but still wonderful food! It is also worth staying outside of Venice for cheaper and better quality accomodation, as links in and out of venice via bus are frequent, cheap and reliable.

  • 70%



    There's no denying Venice's beauty, but I wouldn't want to spend longer than a day or two there. It is by far the most expensive place in Italy I have visited. It was incredibly busy and smelly too. There is so much walking which isn't good if you're disabled like me! There are water buses but they were still quite expensive. It's a pretty place but I was underwhelmed by it

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