Things to know BEFORE you go to VENICE | Venice Travel Tips 2019

In this video, we’ll cover all you need
to know before traveling to Venice like what’s the best time to visit, how to get
around the city and use public transportation, best apps to use in Venice
and other useful information. And don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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document with 10 things to do in Venice plus 10 additional suggestions
for a hassle-free experience on your trip to this beautiful city. Here are 17 essential tips: Number 17: The map of Venice Venice is located in the Venetian Lagoon. The city of Venice lies in the center of the
lagoon and is connected to the mainland by a road and train cosway. The train
station of Santa Lucia and parking lots are located northwest. This is usually your gateway to Venice. Close to the station is the Venetian ghetto, one of the first Jewish ghettos in the world. The main waterway in Venice which runs
through the city is called Grand Canal. Here you can find the famous Venetian
palazzos, churches and the impressive Rialto Bridge. Saint Mark’s Square, the center of Venice,
home to Basilica di San Marco, the Campanile bell tower and Doges Palace
is located Southeast of Rialto Bridge. If you continue further East
you will find Venetian Arsenal, an ancient shipyard and armory and now one of the main venues
of the Venetian Biennale. Islands the Venetian lagoon include
Murano, famous for Venetian or Murano glass, colorful island of Burano, Torcello,
San Michelle cemetery island, and others. The famous Venice International Film
Festival takes place on Lido which separates the lagoon
from the Adriatic Sea. To get a better sense of the distance: a 1.3-mile long walk from Santa
Lucia train station to st. Mark’s Square takes about 30 minutes Number 16: Weather and climate Venice has Mediterranean climate with
four seasons and the temperatures range from
32 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, however, due to the nearby sea the
temperatures are usually not too low even in the winter. The air is usually humid year-round,
rain is difficult to predict and the weather can change
within a few hours. Spring offers moderate temperatures with
lows in the 40s and highs in the 70s, summers are hot and humid
ranging from 60s to 90s. Weather in the fall is again more pleasant with temperatures ranging
between the 40s and low 70s and the winter months are not extremely cold
usually between 30s and low 50s. Unfortunately, Venice is sometimes flooded. In fact, this happens so often
that the phenomenon has its own name: acqua alta or high water in English. The risk of acqua alta gets higher in winter
so make sure to check the weather forecast even when you’re in Venice. Number 15: Best time to visit Best time to visit Venice
is between April and June in the spring and September and October in the fall when the weather is cooler
but still pleasant to walk outside and the herds of tourists are gone. However, Venice is a popular destination
year-round and there can be a lot of tourists visiting practically at any given day. And since Venice is known
to hold special events such as the carnival in winter
or the Venice International Film Festival in late summer, if you are not planning
to be there for these events make sure to check that you are
not traveling on those dates since your accommodation will likely cost more. Number 14: Venice entry fee From May 2019 Venice has introduced
an entry fee for daily visitors. The entry fee for 2019 is fixed at 3 EUR and
will eventually cost between 3 and 10 EUR, depending on the season. However, if you’re staying in
Venice overnight you will be excluded from paying the entry fee as you are already
paying the tourist city tax with your hotel. NUMBER 13: CURRENCY The currency used in Venice is Euro, used
in most European countries, including Italy. At the time of the making of this video,
€1 is worth approx. $1.13. While most hotels, stores, and restaurants
in Venice accept major credit cards, it is wise to always have some
Euros in your wallet. NUMBER 12: GENERAL INFORMATION Venice is an extraordinary city but
with its uniqueness come all sorts of things one should know before traveling there. Unless you’re staying in a luxury hotel
where your baggage is handled by someone else don’t bring heavy baggage as you will probably have to cross a few bridges
before arriving at your hotel. You can also leave your baggage in certain areas such as the train station. Check the description for list of more locations. Don’t feed the pigeons. While pigeons are almost a symbol of
Venice’s St Marks Square it is illegal to feed them. It is also
illegal to eat on the walls canals or stairs as well as to swim in the canals. If you want to swim Venice has its
own beach on the outer side of lido. Public toilets will cost you money,
usually between €1 and €1.5. If you visit bars restaurants or museums,
toilets are usually free for the guests. Exploring Venice can sometimes seem like
walking in the labyrinth. However, don’t panic. There are a lot of
signs around town to get you unlost Drinking water: tap water in Venice is
perfectly safe to drink. Additionally, drinking water is available
for free at numerous water fountains spread out across Venice where you can
fill up your water bottle and even save some money that way. NUMBER 11: SAFETY Venice is generally a very safe destination,
so you normally shouldn’t be worried about specific areas to avoid
or staying inside at night. However, typical for all major tourist
destinations, pay attention to pickpockets, especially in the crowded
areas close to major attractions. For emergency services dial 112. NUMBER 10: WHERE TO STAY While staying anywhere in Venice is an
interesting experience, there are areas which will make your
stay even more exciting The best places to stay are: The San Marco district, stretching from
St Mark’s Square to the Accademia bridge. This way you will be located right in the
the historic center of Venice. Castello, where you will find many luxury
hotels and nice bars and restaurants. San Polo district,
located close to the Rialto Bridge, and home to shops and bars selling the famous
ciccetti, a Venetian version of Spanish tapas. Dorsoduro if you want to stay in the area with
fashion boutiques and close to university or Canareggio, located close to
the train station and the Jewish Ghetto. But Venice is not too big
and as long as you are staying in centro storico or the historic center in English
major attractions are just minutes away. The average price for a hotel in Venice is $115. Of course, you can get your
accommodation for less than that. Check out our video on best apps
to book your stay. If you want to save on accommodation,
you can consider staying on the mainland, however, you will have to travel
to Venice every day instead of being located close
to the major attractions. NUMBER 9: TRANSPORTATION FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT Venice has two airports: Marco Polo, the main airport, located in the Venetian lagoon and Treviso airport, mostly used
by low-fare airlines such as Ryanair. To get to Venice from Marco Polo, you can
choose between the following options: Either aiport bus or local bus usually
departing every 30 minutes. A water bus which will take you directly to Venice. While train is an option,
we do not recommend it, as you have to take
a short bus ride to the station. You can also take a taxi or transfer
which will cost you about 50 EUR, but, since Venice has no roads, they can
only drop you off at Piazzale Roma, next to Santa Lucia train station. However, if you take a water taxi, departing
from the same location as the water bus, you can arrive directly to your destination in
Venice, which is very convenient, but also quite expensive, anywhere
between 100 and 150 EUR. Renting a car is more or less useless
since you can’t drive in Venice, unless, of course, you are planning to
travel to other places to Italy as well. Treviso airport is located 25 miles from Venice. You can either take an ATVO bus which takes 70 minutes
and drops you off at Piazzale Roma or Brazi bus, that drops you off at Tronchetto. ARRIVING BY TRAIN In case you are arriving to Venice by train,
you will arrive to Santa Lucia train station, which is conveniently located on the
outskirts of the historic center. ARRIVING BY CAR If you are arriving to Venice by car,
you will have to leave your car in one of the garages on the mainland or
on the island, close Santa Lucia station. Parking price is between 20 and 30 EUR
per day or even less if you want to leave your car further inland
and take a short bus ride to Venice. GETTING AROUND THE CITY The only transportation is Venice is on water.
It is even illegal to use bikes in Venice. Se be prepared to walk a lot. However, walking in Venice is rewarding since you can discover something
exciting almost around every corner. Venice has a good public water
transportation system called Vaporetto. There are several lines, and numerous stations. Check the description for links to the Vaporetto map, which is similar to the metro maps in bigger cities. One-way ticket for 75 minutes costs 7.50 EUR, the 24-hour ticket is 20 and
48-hour Vaporetto ticket is 30 EUR. You can always get a water taxi. The cost of water taxi in Venice is 13 EUR for
the initial charge plus 1.80 EUR per minute. And, of course, Venice is best known for gondolas,
an iconic rowing boat that has been used for centuries. While gondolas offer a wonderful romantic
experience, they are certainly not cheap. A 40-minute ride costs anywhere from 80 EUR
during the day and over 100 EUR during the night. If you want to share a ride and save some
money, there’s an app that offers that service. NUMBER 8: BEST APPS TO USE IN VENICE Here is the list of useful apps to use: Wi-Fi map or Wi-Fi finder which
helps you find Wi-Fi throughout Venice. Venice guide and offline city map offers
in-depth travel content and popular attractions. Use Google Maps or Apple maps for walking. Due to narrow streets and tall houses,
they do not operate great, but you will certainly know
which area you are in. Google Maps also lets you download your map which is a great option if you
don’t want to use your roaming . However, many people prefer to use
paper map in Venice. AVM Venezia Official App is great for public transportation info
including a trip planner and timetables. Google Maps and Moovit also offer
Vaporetto information. hi!tide Venezia, to check timings and heights
of water in Venice in case of aqua alta. Il meteo, the Italian weather app,
available in English. Or, of course, any other good weather app. Kishare, an app that connects travelers who want to share gondolas, lagoon
tours, and water taxis in Venice. AppTaxi, where you can book a water taxi. WC Venice that helps you find
public toilets in Venice. It also lets you find drinking fountains. Trip advisor and Yelp for restaurant, hotel,
museum, or tour reviews. NUMBER 7: VENICE IS CROWDED With limited space and narrow streets, Venice
can get very crowded, especially during summer. So be prepared to wait in lines in
restaurants, attractions, etc. NUMBER 6: CITY TOURS Walking tours of Venice are organized by
professional tour guides who known great deal about the city’s rich
history, legends, etc. A great way to discover Venice. Some providers even offer
free walking tours of Venice, however, at the end of the tour it is
recommended to give a donation of your choice to the tour guides. NUMBER 5: FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS If you’re coming from outside Europe, or the UK, you will probably need a special
European power adaptor to charge your phone and other devices This is what the European power plug looks like. We recommend purchasing a power adaptor
before traveling to Venice. In fact, it is worth buying the adaptor for the entire
world so you can use in in other countries too. You can purchase the prepaid SIM card to
access internet on your phone with one of the carriers like TIM or Vodafone
in one of their stores in Venice, however, be prepared to show you passport
and fill out the documentation, as is required by the Italian law. If you are from the US you can consider
using Google Fi. Alternatively, you can consider renting Pocket WiFi. NUMBER 4: FOOD AND DRINKS Venice offers some great restaurants. We suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to
find a nearby place with good reviews. Try to avoid sitting down in the restaurants
next to major attractions, many times you can find a much better
price/quality ratio restaurants a street or two away from the main locations. Same with bars. For instance, a cappuccino just around the corner from St Marks Square cost us only 1.50 EUR. There are also some great fast food pasta places, like Dal Moro’s where you can get a
delicious “Pasta to go” for just 7 EUR. Tipping in Venice is not mandatory, however, most places will charge you a
cover charge for sitting down or what is is called coperto in Italian,
usually a couple of Euros per person and in some cases also the service charge
on top, usually around 10% of the bill. You can also buy something to eat or drink
in a grocery store. You can use Google Maps or a similar app
to locate one near you. Or you can even buy fresh fruits
at a local street market. NUMBER 3: VENICE CITY PASS Venice offers a city pass called Venezia Unica where you can save some money if you are
planning to visit several museums and other attractions and want to skip
the line at some locations. With Venezia Unica city pass you also don’t
need any printed tickets and can use your phone instead. Venezia Unica works with the AVM Venezia
Official App that we described before. You can even choose a city pass that combines
attractions and public transportation. NUMBER 2: FAMOUS EVENTS Venice is home to several world-famous events. The Venetian Carnival takes place every year
40 days before Easter. Venetian Carnival has a long tradition and is probably one the world’s most extravagant masquerades. The Biennale is a prominent international art exhibition organized once every two years held over the course of several months. In addition to the Biennale of Art, Venice hosts
the Biennale of Architecture, and other similar events. The Venice International Film Festival is one of the
most recognized film festivals in the world, attracting celebrities from all around the globe. NUMBER 1: BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY For the best views of Venice, visit at least
one of the following locations: Campanile di San Marco, located on St Marks Square, with the highest observation deck in Venice.
The ticket costs 8 EUR. San Giorgio Maggiore, a small island,
located opposite St Marks Square. T Fondaco dei Tedeschi Rooftop Terace On top of Rialto Bridge
and Ponte dell’Accademia The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Skyline Rooftop Bar, with great panoramic city views. And other interesting locations. We created a mobile-friendly .pdf document
that you can store offline on your phone covering Top 10 major attractions in Venice, including maps, links, opening hours, and other information plus 10 additional attractions so that you can avoid the hustle and stress
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