Venice is a beautiful city in the northeastern of Italy known as the City of water or City of canals. Here are some recommendations how to enjoy the city the most (and cheaply).
- The historical city of Venice is sited on 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. You can come from the mainland to Venice by bus, by train or by car. The train comes to the railway station named Santa Lucia. Not far from that is located a square Piazza le Roma, where buses stop. Nevertheless, these are only two places, where you can see ground transportation, transport in the centre is possible only on foot or on water. If you decide to discover Venice on foot, you should be aware of a maze of narrow lanes. Despite the fact that the main places like Piazza le Roma, railway station (ferrovia), St. Mark’s square (Piazza San Marco) or the Rialto bridge are marked by indicators throughout the whole city, it is easy to get lost. As a public transport are used boats ‘vaporetti’. Gondolas are not used for daily transport, but cruise on a gondola is offered as an expensive experience for tourists.
- If you want to use public transport, it is good to have a Venice Card. You will pay €40 for it and you can use public transport for 3 days unlimited. If you are less than 29 years old, buy Venice Rolling Card, it is valid also 3 days, but it costs only €24 and except the possibility to use public transport cheaper than with tickets for one use, you will get the book of sales to many Venice museums, restaurants or shops.
- Contemporary Venice is also composed of 5 mainland boroughs. During our visit to Venice, we lived in one named Mestre. Accommodation there is much cheaper than in the island part of Venice. Mestre is connected to the Piazza le Roma with bus transport. Buses leave every 10 minutes and the Venice Card is valid for these buses too.
- February is a great time to visit Venice because the mask carnival takes place. Note that you can’t see people in masks and costumes every day of the carnival. The main events take place 10 days before the carnival’s end. Before you plan a visit to Venice, check the official web of the carnival carnevale.venezia.it/en/. You should be aware of the fact that during the carnival Venice is very crowded.
- While there are lots of things to see in Venice, cities such as Padova, where the oldest university in the world is located, and Verona, the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, are only a short drive away. Our recommendation is a small city called Vicenza with its dominant Teatro Olimpico which is beautiful Renaissance theatre built according to ancient Rome theatres. It is the oldest conserved roofed theatre in the world. It is worth seeing!
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