'' Don't break the bank Hunny''
Flights - £110 Return British Airways flights (London Heathrow to Marc Polo Airport)
Let’s face it, visiting Venice can be expensive – but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to truly enjoy the magical city.
When to Visit?
1. Visit in 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?
2. 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?
3. 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 our Welcome to Venice Tour & Gondola Ride. For €59 per adult, you’ll get a 2 hour walking tour plus a 30 minute gondola ride – so you can tick more than one box and save on the price of your gondola ride. Being the bargin hunter I am, we managed to find boats similar looking to Gondals 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).
What to Eat?
6. Try Ciccheti! Pop into Venice’s small and hidden wine bars – locally known as a bacaro – for some delicious snacks at a bargain price. You’ll find fried appetizers, fish, meats and cheeses ranging from €1 to €3, making a real Venetian meal after a few plates.
If you’re looking for an authentic food, step away from the main attractions! Most restaurants especially near the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge – are overpriced and serve low quality foods. I found that many restaurants try to rip off tourists by asking for a tip… but if you see a “coperto” cover charge on your bill it is not mandatory to leave additional gratuity.
My favorite spots to eat, drinks and club : La Bussola Cocktail bar, Tattoria Ca’ d’Oro alla Vedova, Al Nono Risorto, La Zucca