Venice Pocket Guide

Images Of 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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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

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    Venice is an absolutely gorgeous city! It is quite pricey and I would say there are other Italian cities that offer more culture, but being in a city with no cars was definitely a unique experience!

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    Venice... just okay,

    While it can be annoying to only travel by boat, the boat buses come very often all day long and some at night. Do not spend much time here because there is not much to do or see.

    Insider Tip:Bring bug spray!

  • 80%


    Don't miss Venice

    Venice is amazing. We ended up walking mostly everywhere and were able to explore more or less the entire city. Unfortunately we were too lazy to wait in any queues for San Marco and Duccio's Palace, but this allowed us to see more amazing Venetian culture. I think we ended up walking past the same bridge 3 or 4 times. If you are traveling to Europe, Venice must be on your list! Originally, it wasn't on ours, but our first night in Italy we decided that it was worth going to. Best decision!

    Insider Tip:Make sure to take a trip to Burano and northern Venice. We met a couple who got 2L of wine for 5 euros in the north part of Venice! Make Venice a walking city. There is so much to see, and the boats go so slowly! I would highly recommend walking everywhere. Al Prosecco is the best place for prosecco and Alaska gelato is the best.

  • 70%



    Beautiful city. Not much to do but very pretty. Tons of shopping and sight seeing. Exactly what you'd expect, gondolas, vendors, bridges over canals.

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    Venice is fun, a little pricey

    Venice is fun, lots of things to do. It's a really touristy city, so if you go there make sure you plan ahead and get your tickets for whatever you want to do beforehand for the bigger attractions like St. Mark's Basilica (a really cool tour, by the way). There's a free beach in Lido (last stop on the 1 line of the Vaporetto) which is actually pretty nice for a public beach. My group also went to the Accademia gallery, which was really cool if you like pre-19th century art.

    Insider Tip:It can get really crowded in the summer, so if you can manage to be there during the week instead of weekend, it's probably better. Getting the Vaporetto (water bus) ticket is worth it because it's the cheapest and fastest way to get around the city. Make sure you bring an umbrella because it rains a lot. Check out things on the internet to inform yourself about attractions and tourist traps. Some of the suggestions we got were really good. And always keep your personal belongings close to your body.

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