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"The City of Love "

Venice Tourism

Venice, the capital of the Veneto region, is a historic and iconic city located in northeastern Italy. It is situated in the Venetian Lagoon, a unique and picturesque coastal area in the Adriatic Sea. The city is built on a series of 118 small islands that are connected by a network of canals, and it is separated from the mainland by a narrow strip of land called the Lido. It is a beautiful city known for its interconnected canals and its gondola rides. 

Venice's distinctive urban design, with its intricate network of canals, bridges, and narrow winding streets, sets it apart from other cities in the world. The entire city seems to float on the water, making it a truly unique and enchanting place to visit. The city is home to numerous churches, palaces, and museums filled with masterpieces from renowned artists. Getting lost in the alleys of Venice is a part of the experience and the most magical way of uncovering glimpses of this mystical city. Venice is wonderful by day but magical by night.

Tourists visit Venice for its romantic and picturesque ambiance, its cultural and artistic treasures, and its unique architectural beauty. Venice also hosts the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions, and Venice Carnival, which is a world-famous event where people dress in elaborate masks and costumes, celebrating with parades, music, and festivities.

Must Know Before You Travel to Venice

  • Getting Around: Venice is a pedestrian city, so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Wear comfortable shoes and be mindful of the uneven cobblestone streets and bridges.
  • Public Transportation: The primary mode of public transportation in Venice is the vaporetto, a water bus. 
  • Venice Card: The Venice Card also provides access to many of the city's museums and includes discounts on some attractions, so it can be a good value for tourists.
  • Venice Connected Card: For Wi-Fi and other digital services, you can purchase a Venice Connected card, which provides internet access and services like water bus reservations.
  • Gondola Rides: Gondola rides can be quite expensive. Consider sharing the cost with others to make it more affordable. Negotiate the price before the ride.
  • Eating and Drinking: Venice can be expensive for dining. Explore the "cicchetti" bars for affordable local snacks and wine. Avoid the restaurants right around St. Mark's Square, as they tend to be pricier.
  • Accommodation: Staying in Venice can be expensive. Consider staying on the mainland in Mestre and taking the train or bus into the city. It can save you money.
  • Water: Carry a refillable water bottle, as Venice's tap water is safe to drink.
  • Public restrooms: Toilets are scarce and may require a fee. Carrying small bills can come in handy in this case.
  • Cash: Although plastic money is widely acceptable, small shops prefer cash.

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Shopping in Venice

When shopping in Venice, keep in mind that the city is known for its artisanal craftsmanship. Look for authentic, locally made products and souvenirs, and try to support local businesses to truly experience the unique charm of Venice. Additionally, always be aware of the possibility of high prices in tourist-centric areas, so consider exploring more local neighborhoods for unique finds and potentially better deals. Some areas to shop are:
  • San Marco: San Marco is home to many luxury and designer boutiques, particularly around St. Mark's Square. You can find high-end fashion, jewelry, and upscale Italian brands.
  • Rialto: The Rialto Bridge area is known for its bustling market. The Rialto Market is famous for fresh produce, seafood, and local products. Nearby shops also sell traditional Venetian glassware, including Murano glass.
  • Dorsoduro: Dorsoduro is known for its artsy and bohemian vibe. You can find unique boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Look for contemporary art, local crafts, and vintage items.
  • Cannaregio: Cannaregio is a more residential and less touristy area. You can find local shops selling handmade masks, textiles, and authentic Venetian souvenirs.
  • Murano Island: A short boat ride from Venice, Murano Island is famous for its glassmaking. You can watch glassblowing demonstrations and purchase intricate Murano glass jewelry, sculptures, and home decor.
  • Burano Island: Another nearby island, Burano, is renowned for its colorful houses and lace-making tradition. Shop for intricate lace products, from tablecloths to clothing.
  • Castello: In the Castello district, you can explore small shops selling Venetian paper goods, stationery, and books. The area is also known for its handmade leather products and accessories.
  • San Polo: San Polo is a good place to find Venetian masks, including the iconic masks worn during the Venice Carnival. You can also find shops selling local wines, chocolates, and food products.
  • Giudecca Island: Giudecca offers a more relaxed shopping experience. Look for art studios, contemporary design stores, and local workshops specializing in traditional crafts.
  • Mercerie: The Mercerie is a bustling shopping street connecting St. Mark's Square to the Rialto area. It's lined with shops selling everything from clothing and accessories to Murano glass and local products.

Nightlife in Venice

Venice isn't exactly known for its night-life but the Lido area has some good bars, nightclubs and live music places.

History of Venice

There are no surviving historical records that deal directly with the founding of Venice.However, tradition and the available evidence has led to the belief that the original population of Venice consisted of refugees who came from the Roman cities near Venice like Padua, Treviso, Altino and modern day Portogruaro and from the countryside, who were fleeing from successive waves of both Germanic and Hun invasions. Some late Roman sources have revealed the existence of fishermen on the islands in the original marshy lagoons. They were called the incolae lacunae ("lagoon dwellers"). The traditional founding of Venice is identified with the dedication of the first church of San Giacomo on the islet of Rialto (Rivoalto, "High Shore"). This is said to have taken place at the stroke of noon on 25 March 421 (the Feast of the Annunciation).

Daily Budget for Venice

An average daily cost of a tourist in Venice would be between EUR 100- 150 with travel being the largest chunk of the expense followed by food.

Exchanging Money in Venice

Using the ATM/Debit card is the best way to get a cheap exchange rate. Plastic money is acceptable all over Italy and getting cash exchanged is becoming harder.

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FAQs on Venice

What are the places near Venice?

The top places near to Venice are Bologna which is 130 km from Venice, Rome which is located 393 km from Venice, Milan which is located 244 km from Venice, Florence which is located 203 km from Venice, Siena which is located 248 km from Venice

What are the things to do in Venice?

The top things to do in Venice are St. MarkÍs Square, Academia Gallery , Ca'Rezzonico , San Giorgio Maggiore, Museo Ebraico di Venezia, Murano. You can see all the places to visit in Venice here

What are the top hotels in Venice?

There are 3931 in Venice which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Venice are Estuario, Ca Guardiani, I like Venice, Sunrise, Appartamento di Charme, SILVIA'S HOME. You can see all the hotels in Venice here

How much does a package cost for Venice?

The packages for Venice start at INR 67893 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Venice?

Venice is known for its seafood and there is a large abundance of simple but delicious fish dishes including Baccala Mantecata which is an entr_e. Also to be tried here is the Tiramisu and grappa.
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What is the best time to visit Venice?

April, May, September and October are the best months to visit Venice. These months mark the peak of Spring and Fall, respectively. They are devoid of the winter cold and experience plenty of warm sunshine. The pleasant weather and the lack of excessive crowds make these months a magical time to visit Venice to explore it in its raw state. The first half of May is also an excellent time to visit Venice.
Summertime and August, in particular, are not advised for sightseeing. The sweltering heat and the presence of mosquitoes and bugs, combined with excessive tourists, make it impossible to experience Venice at its best. Alternatively, travellers who are keen to take part in any of Venice’s famous carnivals or events can plan their trips around the specific event. It is recommended to make your bookings in advance in such cases. If you’re looking for the lowest fares in flights as well as accommodation, then winter is your best bet.
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