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

  • 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.

  • 50%


    Nice enough, but I liked so much more Murano.

    It is a nice city but in general, there is not soooo much to see in proportion of the times you get lost. Is not very clean and the gondola men are not so friendly. If you would like to see a mini-Venice with BEAAAAUTIFUL little colored houses, go to Murano. I liked it so much more.

    Insider Tip:If you are travelling alone, want to ride a gondola but cannot pay 80 euros for 30 minutes, look for a family with four or five members since the 80 euros is a fixed price for one up to 6 people, so ask them if you can ride with them paying just your part directly to them, it works :D! Is a win-win. I only payed 16 euros for my gondola ride :)

  • 20%


    This review is about Venice Mestre (mainland Venice)

    DONT STAY HERE!! It is very boring and looks horrible, there is genuinely nothing to do, so unless you are simply driving through it to get to Venice avoid it like the plague.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for the transport police...before I could even buy a ticket on the bus to Venice they fined me €50 (for a €1 ticket)

  • 70%


    Two days

    Spend two days in Venice. It's enough to see just about everything, and not get tired of the winding streets and canals. It's as good a place to go by yourself as it is romantic. Frankly, I didn't find it too romantic. There's too many people. And sitting on the Gondola while the crowds wave at you from the bridge above is hardly a fantasy. Don't expect a lot of activities. It's a lazy city. If you like walking, just walk without expecting anything exceptional. It will be exceptional, I promise.

    Insider Tip:Four stops away on the water bus is the happiest, most colourful, most feel good place on the Earth - Burano. If you go to Venice, you have to go to Burano. Just have to.

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