Venice Ultimate travel guide 2020

Venice Ultimate travel guide 2020

One of the jewels of Italy, Venice is known throughout the world for its beautiful architecture and miles of canals. consisting of 117 separate islands connected by a series of historic bridges, canals, and pavements.

Venice is visited every year through many travelers and vacationers. home to some of the world's most beautiful buildings, stunning museums, and art galleries, and a huge choice of pinnacle restaurants, Venice has a lot to provide and infrequently disappoints.

Venice attractions

Central Venice includes six most important areas, Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Polo, and San Marco, every one of these areas full of charm and attraction.

San Marco

One of the most well-known landmarks within the town, San Marco square is the only public square in Venice and gives a rich heritage, with the spectacular buildings of Doge's Palace and the Basilica San Marco nearby.

San Marco


Castello is the most historical region of the metropolis at the northern side of Venice,



Cannaregio consists of the Santa Lucia Railway Station, with nearby Santa Croce linking the town to Italy's mainland.


San Polo

The smallest location of the town is the San Polo district, which offers many nearby eateries and inns.

San Polo


On Venice's southern the side you'll find the district of Dorsoduro, which includes the first-rate 17th-century Dogana da Mar.


Venice travel tips

As you all probably know Venice is very crowded, it's very popular with tourists but that doesn't mean that you can't find cool places.

I'm gonna be sharing with you the seven tips that I have to make the most of your next trip to Venice Italy.

Venice is arguably one of the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world but it's very popular, and it's easy to get lost and sucked into the tourist vortex so, hopefully these tips will help you.

#1 - Avoid the crowds

Now with Venice, that's easier said than done but I would recommend that you visit during the shoulder season, that's when hotel prices are lower, there's fewer visitors, and overall navigating Venice in the shoulder season or in the offseason, the fall or the winter.

It's gonna be a much more manageable and enjoyable experience, but be forewarned Venice can get very cold it's right at the base of the Alps largest mountain range in Europe it is at times prone to icy winds it's on the coast but doesn't be fooled it can get very cold, there so if you do visit in the shoulder season or in the offseason if you visit during the fall or the winter just make sure that you pack warm and close.

A little bit of real talk Venice is suffering from its own popularity not only in the city quite literally sinking but it's drowning in a tidal wave of tourism. Over tourism is a huge problem in Venice there's more than 20 million visitors a year with only 55,000 people Venetians living in the old town of Venice.

If you are gonna visit Venice just be aware that over-tourism is an issue so avoid the high season you're gonna be doing yourself a favor and you're also going to be doing the city of Venice and the Venetians a favor as well so it's a win-win situation, visit Venice in the offseason or in the shoulder season and you will have a much better time.

#2 - Carnival

If you're gonna visit Venice for a Carnival this is what you need to know.

Carnival in Venice is much more mellow if you're expecting a giant street party a la Rio or New Orleans this is not what to expect it's not like that.

 the first recorded celebration of Carnival happened in 1162 in Venice the city's inhabitants gathered in st. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's victory over the patriarchy of Aquileia in 1162 the festival became official in the Renaissance it became famous in the Baroque period and that's where you get these elaborate costumes.

The carnival was an opportunity for the nobility to essentially assume a different identity or become anonymous and do all those things that humans want to do but might not be allowed to do especially in Catholic Baroque Italy.

In 1797 the holy roman Emperor Francis II outlawed carnival in Venice and the festival went underground until 1979 when it was made official again, the culmination of the event is the costume contest and the mask contest called la Maschera più Bella or the most beautiful mask it's judged by international fashion designers so if you're gonna come visit Venice for Carnival makes sure you get there before Shrove Tuesday.


#3 - where to stay

Venice has some of the nicest old luxury hotels in the world so baller they would empty the wallets of all but the highest of high rollers. therefore, I suggest you do a little bit of research before you arrive in Venice and you try to find something that doesn't break the budget
if you are on a super the tight budget I would suggest going to the app hotels tonight or if you're going to be browsing online do your browsing in private mode so that the internet does know to pick up on the fact that you're trying to visit Venice and subsequently, hike the prices of the hotels and accommodation that you're searching for it one last pro tip in regards to accommodation make sure you are not staying on the ground level or basement level of any buildings in Venice why you might ask?

Well let's take a moment and think, Venice is built on stilts it's a floating city which means the ground level is at the sea level and as Venice continues to sink and is prone to flooding as it is every single year ground level accommodation basement accommodation means that it's probably been flooded in the past it's very damp, it's cold, it's dank, there's probably mold growing in there if you're gonna book in advance make sure that you can confirm that your accommodation is not on the ground level preferably you want your accommodation to be at the highest level and even though it sucks walking up tons of stairs with your luggage, it's definitely better than freezing your butt off and breathing mold.

#4 - where to eat

Let's face it Venice has some of the highest food prices in Italy so one of the reasons things in Venice are a little bit more expensive is because everything has to be shipped there pretty much everything there is a train line that comes in but it's mostly for commuters and you can't get in the car but the vast majority of the food that comes into Venice is brought by boat.

Unfortunately, the food scene in Venice has somewhat of late gone towards catering tourists one-time visitors who will eat something that is blanketly Italian but is not by any means specifically Venetian if there are photos of the menu laminated outside of the restaurant chances are it's not a great restaurant if it's in St. Mark's Square or a very popular tourist area don't eat there the good restaurants are hidden you're gonna have to do a little bit of reconnaissance you might have to get lost.

Venice's cuisine traditionally was very seafood-heavy and that makes sense because it's an island in the Adriatic and they did lots of fishing.

Polenta is also quite prevalent in Venetian cuisine as is the artichoke so if you visit an Osteria a small traditional restaurant keeps your eyes peeled for polenta dishes and artichoke dishes.

So, if you're trying to save money in Venice pack a lunch eat breakfast at home and eat out in the evening.

A few restaurants I recommend to you is Osteria Anice Stellato and Gam-Gam restaurant with inventive twists on Mediterranean cuisine.

#5 - See the sights but do not get sucked into the tourist traps

Venice has a beautiful buildings from almost every single architectural era dating back to Byzantine times.

Venice is essentially a giant open-air museum and seeing these buildings cost you nothing at least from the outside, most churches require a small donation to see the inside but it's only a couple of euros and it helps preserve that architecture and artwork for the next generation.

The main square in Venice is Saint Mark's Square you have St. Mark's Cathedral which is free to go inside you also have the Doge's Palace.

The Doge was the leader of the Republic of Venice, there's a lot of cool architectural quirks inside of the palace if you want to see the inside of the Basilica the some Monaco then I highly recommend you go very early as it opens because it does tend to get quite crowded You can climb to the top of the tower for a fee.

If you're going to be visiting churches basilica's cathedrals then remember you need to dress appropriately it means covering your shoulders and your knees it's a place of religious worship so respects the traditions cover-up, you'll be fine.

Punta De La Dogana

One of the best places to visit and get a bit of perspective on Venice is the Punta De La Dogana which is essentially just opposite the st. Mark's Square you get a really really beautiful view of the city and the square and it just kind of gives you a little bit more perspective on what Venice is. it's kind of like going to Brooklyn and getting a view of New York City.

Punta De La Dogana

Burano & Murano

Another option is taking a day trip to the surrounding islands of Burano & Murano. these are part of Venice proper but they aren't part of the main island of Venice, there are small islands they have their own traditions including glassblowing and it's kind of a nice alternative to the super crowded center of the city by just taking a day about there you can hop on a water taxi and the journey only takes about 15 minutes.

Burano & Murano

Gallery de la academia

Gallery de la academia

Acqua Alta

If you're looking for something to read or some cool vintage books check out the Acqua Alta book shop.

Acqua Alta

#6 - Take a gondola ride

you're probably thinking you've been a visit Venice you have to take a gondola ride and I would have to agree I do believe that taking a gondola ride is a quintessential experience when you visit Venice.

gondola ride

 for all the talk about you know going on a gondola ride being expensive it is expensive but it really is the best way to get a feel of what Venice is and what it was but don't be fooled it's quite expensive it's 80 euros for a half an hour tour you're not going to be able to bargain, because they go on two leaders, are actually essential in a union.

The prices are set the roots are set there is no room for bargaining or low-balling so if you're gonna do a gondola trip then you're going to pay 80 euros for a half an hour the Gondola ride is definitely a splurge activity but you really do need to do it.

Budget travel hack if you want to do the quintessential Venetian experience of riding on a gondola be prepared to spend some serious cash but there is a little-known hack you as the locals do and use the little gondola ferries from one side of the Grand Canal to the other, they cost two euros if you're not a local 70 cents if you are and it's really a good way to get a taste of the quintessential Venetian experience if you're on a budget.

#7- Relax

take it easy don't get caught up in the hustle and the bustle a lot of people visit Venice they have these expectations of what it’s gonna be like. Instagram has done a lot to shape what those expectations are, but like it or not Venice is very highly visited it's extremely touristy but that does not mean that you can have an awesome experience there.

So, if you follow the tips if you explore the outskirts of the city if you take your time to get lost to be respectful to open your mind to new experiences that I do believe that you can have an awesome experience in Venice.

Visiting Venice is all about observing a city in a state of perpetual motion and trying to find the fleeting tranquility that still exists there a visceral reminder of what this place was in the past and why it's so popular in the present.

So, parting words be a respectful traveler don't yell, don't litter and just generally be a good person so those are my seven tips on how to make the most of your time in Venice.

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