My best friend Connie & I decided to whisk away to Venice for the weekend. For only £313 thanks to BA flight sale, we found the perfect flights giving us 20kgs each to pack all our outfit changes haha.
I highly recommend visiting during the off season. Peak season in Venice means large crowds, expensive hotel rooms and restaurants hiking up their prices. For a great deal, plan on visiting Venice during the months of September and October for mild weather and lower prices. Carnival – which falls between March and April each year – is a great period to visit, but may bring higher hotel prices
Where to Stay?
Choose a B&B, hostel or rent a short-term apartment. Skip the large hotels and opt for a family owned bed & breakfast for a cozy and budget friendly stay. Our first accommodation was in Cannaregio at Hotel Casa Martini , which I highly recommend! The hotels ambience and locality to everything is amazing. After we stayed booked our Eleanor house apartment In Venezia through AirBnb. The host was absolutely lovely, she provided us with information regarding cheap places to eat, night life and tourist places. We found Venezia to be close range to inner Venice and had a close transport to Burano and Murano.
How do you get around?
Gondolas are a once-in-a-liftime experience… but be careful!The experience is undoubtably special, but it also comes with a hefty price tag of over €50-80 an hour. If the ride is a must for you, we suggest agreeing on the price before the ride to avoid any surprises, or check out my alternative link above. Being the bargin hunter I am, we managed to find boats similar looking to Gondolas which were crossing over from Ca'Sagredo Hotel for only €2.
If you have already tried it or are searching for a more economic way to visit the city by water, try the vaporetto (public water bus) providing cheap tickets.
Explore the real Venice… by foot. With no cars on the island, Venice is the perfect city to explore by foot, so #takewalks! You’ll save money on water taxis and buses while getting a taste of the local life. And don’t worry if you get lost while visiting Venice, everyone does but it’s all part of the experience – just ask for directions back to St. Mark’s Square.
Consider purchasing a Venice Card. If you plan on visiting Venice’s many museums or have a jam packed itinerary, you may want to invest in Hello Venezia’s Venice Card for free and discounted admission to churches, museums and temporary exhibits. Prices range from €24.90 (0 – 6 years old), €29.90 (6 – 29 years old), €39.90 (30+ years old).
How did you find Venice?