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The Best of Venice And Important Travel Tips

Venice Airports

On the lagoon’s edge, Venice has one official international airport for national and international flights, called Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). 

Low-cost carrier Ryanair also makes use of the nearby airport of Treviso.

The 10 best 5-star hotels in Venice, Italy

Convenient access to the city center! View these Venice hotels with five stars.

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Top Sights In Venice

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1. Doge's Palace

With its elaborate Gothic front, frescoed interiors, and gilded ceilings, it is undoubtedly a sight to behold.

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2. Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice’s most well-known church is a wonderful example of the city’s wealth and influence in the Middle Ages.

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3. Grand Canal

Taking a gondola trip down Venice’s longest canal will allow you to see the grand residences of past merchants.

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4. Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Admire contemporary works by Picasso and Pollock as well as masterpieces created in the Cubist, Surrealist, and Abstract Expressionist movements.

Foodie Delights

Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

“Experience the flavors of Venice on a guided walking tour. Visit the Rialto Market, try tapas, such as “cicchetti,” and admire historical highlights along the way, including Basilica dei Frari.” – more about this activity...

Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

“See an abundance of delicious food produce at the Rialto Market in Venice, and select seasonal ingredients with your chef before the start of your cooking lesson. Then, enter a Venetian home for a hands-on cooking class and enjoy lunch with wine.” – more about this activity…

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Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

“Embark on a candlelit dinner cruise through the Venetian Lagoon. Taste the chef’s specialities and admire the views of San Marco Square from the water. Feel the magic of Venice as the night falls.” – more about this activity...

Travel Tips

Don't do this in Venice

Riding motorized surfboards, surfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, and swimming are all banned on the Grand Canal. You’ll be facing a steep fine, your equipment will be confiscated, and you could face further action for damaging Venice’s image. 

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You will pay a tourist fee

A tourist fee was introduced to limit day traffic caused by day-trippers. Take note, it does not apply to tourists that have overnight accommodation, because they already pay a €5 ($5.06) per night tax.

The new tourist tax will go into effect on Jan. 16, 2023.

According to Associated Press, you’ll have to sign up online and pay up depending on the time of the year, and how crowded the city is. The tourist tax could range from three to ten euros per person.

Should you risk not paying the tourist tax, you could face a fine of up to 300 euros (or $315). So, clearly, it’s in your best interest to pay the tax for a hassle-free trip.

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Forget about a map

Save yourself the laughable futility of attempting to navigate Venice’s maze of arms-length-wide lanes that serve as its streets. Go exploring instead of feeling obligated to be there or at any given time. I assure you that you will uncover just as many amazing, gorgeous things, each of which will be much more satisfying because it was a genuine discovery.

Another tip on this subject is to meander the narrow streets at night-time. When most people have gone to bed, the only sounds are the sound of your footsteps on the stone and the sound of water lapping against the canal walls. Quite awesome!

  • Eating in the square is way more expensive than eating in the backstreets. We found the tiniest of a tiny little restaurant in one of the narrow streets. The food was superb, and the vibe was great. The best part… The price was much cheaper than what we paid at the square.
  • Avoid visiting over weekends or in summer. It’s far more crowded, accommodation is more expensive, and many churches and cathedrals are closed for local services.
  • Whatever you plan to do, book your tickets in advance online. The city is small tourism in Venice is always booming. Thus, spare yourself having to wait in long lines to buy a ticket. Instead, use that time to explore this exhilarating city.
  • Don’t accept freebies like a “free glass factory tour”. Life’s Golden Rule applies: Nothing in life is for free, especially in this instance. For instance, your tour was free, right!? But the catch is that they end up pressuring you to buy glass from their merchants. And the latter can be rather annoying!
  • I did not find a free washroom. Expect to pay up to €2 to use a public washroom. 
  • While you made the effort and spent the money to get to Venice, you might as well make the most of your trip. Take the Vaporetto (water bus) to Burano and Murano. These islands are so beautiful and well worth a trip of about forty-five minutes. 
  • Taking a Vaporetto instead of the traditional gondola is far less expensive when you want to do sightseeing in the canals. I opted for the gondola ride because it was a bucket list item. You pay dearly for that done-that experience!

Planning your next adventure? Check these travel tips!

Cheapest flight tickets

I’ve found that the award-winning Travelstart platform’s rates are the best and after many years of using them, they are reliable. But I also use CheapOair’s and Aviasales‘ search engines to cross-check. Nine of the ten times, I come back and book on Travelstart. But at least I’ve done my homework!

Find the best accommodation

Hotellook has an extensive search engine working with data from more than ten online booking systems, such as Booking.com, Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, and others. That said, I still find myself checking Booking.com to ensure I get the best deal. 

 

For more travel tips on making bookings for your next trip, check out our travel bookings page.