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How to Save Money on Your Venice Holiday

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The picturesque city of Venice offers a wide variety of significant places which showcases artistic and cultural exhibits acquired through thousands of years of rich Venetian history.

Like other tourist destinations though, the surreal “City of Bridges” can be a pretty expensive place if you don’t know where to find the cheapest deals and steals. Let me give you a few tips on how to prevent shelling out all your hard-earned money and still have a grand time in Venice.

1. Keep your Stay Cheaper and Hassle-free

Venice was designed to be explored either by foot or by boat. If you choose the latter, purchasing a Venice Connected card online and in advance will save you at least 15 percent from the original price of the public service fees. Services covered by the card include Vaporettos (water buses) and buses, car parks, public rest rooms, and entrance to public museums (no more long lines!)Policies seem complicated and card rates changes often, depending on the season so you might want to check their website.

2. Free Tourist Attractions

Not everything in Venice has an entrance fee. Churches for instance such as Basilica San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute are free and will surely amaze everyone for its centuries-old classic architecture, intricately-designed mosaics, and paintings made by great artists. Expect long lines and remember to keep yourself covered and well-behaved when inside church premises.

3. Cheap Venice Destinations

Looking for something inexpensive and authentically Venetian? The smallest of the six siesteres (neighborhoods) in Venice, San Polo west of the Rialto Bridge is packed with souvenir shops and workshops of Venetian artisans. Whether you want to buy a Murano glass ornament, learn what a forcola is, or bargain for a mysterious-looking Venetian mask which will surely look good on your wall; the narrow streets of San Polo is where you should head to!

4. Eat Where the Locals Eat

Grabbing a bite to eat in Venice need not be expensive. Stay away from tourist traps in and around Piazza San Marco. Instead, walk around Venice and find where the locals eat. A good area to start your search is at the Strada Nuova in Cannaregio (second largest siestere), one of the longest and widest streets in Venice. You can find pizzerias and trattorias (a casual eatery) here which sells a delectable plate of pasta for a measly price of €5.

5. Riding a Gondola is a Must!

A gondola ride may cost you around €80 to €120 for a 40 to 60-minute ride. But booking in advance on a private tour can get you half of that price. Still a little bit pricey if you ask me. But nevertheless, it would be perfectly fine to skip a meal or forget buying the souvenirs, just don’t ever, ever miss riding a Gondola. These floating masterpieces are the real essence of Venice!

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Photo of restroom entry in Venice, Italy, by Cfinke

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Venere Travel Blog writer allan dumayas

Allan is a visual artist and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. He loves to incorporate art and writing by playing with words and turning them into "picturesque" paragraphs. He also fancies traveling and eating bizarre foods and is always in search of a good drinking buddy.

2 responses to “How to Save Money on Your Venice Holiday”

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  1. Michela says:
    November 10th, 2009 at 15:38

    Thanks Allan for this post! Venice is my fav place in Italy..I live in a smaller town close to Venice and love spending a sunny day strolling along the “calle”, eating out and enjoy the peacefulness of a “cars free town”.
    I can highly recommend some more areas for good and unexpensive food in Dorsoduro, around Campo Santa Margherita and Campo San Rocco. If you really want to use the vaporetto than get a 3days or a week pass unless you wish to spend 6,50Euro for a single ride :( (not a time ticket though!). For more free tips about my beloved Venice please contact me :)

  2. Dania says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 04:19

    Hi Allan!
    My boyfriend and I are considering to travel to Venice next summer by June or July, and It was interesting to read your page and advices. Every thing that you can say to us is going to be helpful and we can consider it to planning our trip


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