Venice Travel Guide
What is there to say about Venice that hasn’t been said, like the world’s best poets thousands of times over throughout the centuries? This city looks like a romantic dream. No matter how many times you have seen photos and films of Venice, standing there always feels like a dream. Canals take over the place of streets and water shimmers everywhere. The fabulous palaces and churches reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading centre between Europe and the Orient.
Condoles in Venice
Best Time to visit Venice
Best time to visit Venice is autumn, when the weather is pleasant and hotel prices are affordable. You will easily move around the canals, enjoying romantic candlelit dinners and there are no queues for attractions.
Good time to visit is also May and June, but it’s also high season and prices are the dearest.
July and August is probably the worst period to visit Venice. The weather is very hot and humid, hotel prices are at its highest, and there are a lot of tourists and large crowds anywhere you go.
Winter is a great time for cheap hotel deals, but not during Christmas and Carnival (February), which are popular tourist periods. Beware of the weather during the winter months, which can be quite cold, windy, and damp.
Accommodation in Venice
If you are travelling on a budget, avoid Piazza San Marco and the surrounding areas, as hotel prices are high. For cheaper options look near the railway station or Dorsoduro area.
The cheapest accommodation is not directly in Venice, but in the neighbouring Mestre on the mainland. Around the airport there are several camping sites and small hotels. It is always best to book in advance for better hotel deals.
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Things to do in Venice
Getting lost in the narrow streets is a quintessential part of exploring the City, so make sure you make the best of it. The whole city is listed as a World Heritage Site.
Visit the 18th-century Palazzo Grassi and the Doge’s Palace, take a gondola tour around the Grand canal, experience the art-filled with visits to its excellent museums and galleries such as the Fondazione Vedova and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. End up in Piazza San Marco, where crowds gather for a coffee or an aperitif.
Top Tours & Activities in Venice
Shopping in Venice
Venice just like in any major Italian city, there are plenty of designer stores to choose from, and there is an abundance of tourist shops selling jewellery, Murano glass trinkets, carnival masks and other local gifts.
From Piazza San Marco, the Mercerie and Calle dei Fabbri are the main shopping streets, and the wide Calle Larga XXII Marzo is the best area to find expensive boutiques, like Versace, MaxMara, Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton and Prada.
If you are looking for gifts and souvenirs, go around Campo Santo Stefano and Calle della Mandola. These areas have also local boutiques with excellent quality clothes, shoes, wallets and handbags.
For fashion explore Calle Vallaresso, Calle Larga XXII marzo and Campo San Luca and for glass shops check the narrow streets near the Accademia gallery.
If you want to experience the authentic Venetian market, then head to the Rialto Bridge and check the local fish market. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 – 12:00 hours.
Casin dei Nobili Shop in Venice
Where to eat in Venice
Venice has some wonderful restaurants, however most of them serve food of a quality much lower than anywhere else in Italy, and prices are inflated.
Along the Rialto bridge, there’s a row of restaurants with tables by the canal, where you can have a great dining experience by the canal lights. There are some good quality restaurants here with local and fresh food.
The streets around San Marco, filled with tourists, have many tourist traps that serve low quality, expensive food, so try to avoid this area.
Restaurants are open during lunch from noon, and dinner starts usually around 19:30, with most restaurant-kitchens closing at midnight.
Top Restaurants in Venice
La Colombina Restaurant in Venice
Nightlife in Venice
Venice is not famous for its nightlife, but you should head to the nearby town of Mestre, where the bass thrives, with a variety of true bars and nightclubs. During the summer you can enjoy some late night entertainment in the Lido of Venice, where there are some beach cubs on the beach.
In the historic centre of Venice there are no real nightclubs, but you can find some disco and cocktail bars, where locals and university students gather in the evening for a few drinks and listen to live music. Piazza San Marco is great to enjoy a typical Venetian aperitif or coffee in elegant salons, accompanied by the notes of classical music.
You will find many good bars in the Dorsoduro district, the area of Herbaria is great for a drink in one of the traditional or modern bars, and there are great wine bars in the Cannaregio district.
Popular Bars & Nightclubs in Venice
Skyline Rooftop Bar