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Venice Travel Guide

Visiting Venice

This Venice Travel Guide includes everything you’ll need to know before you book a trip to Venice. From where to visit, where to eat and how best to travel around, you’ll find all the information you need in one place.

Venice is high on lots of people’s bucket lists and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of the most beautiful and unique European cities. Venice makes a great destination for a short city break as well. Although arguably you could spend a couple of weeks exploring everything Venice has to offer, you can also see a lot in just a couple of days.

Most people visit Venice in the summer months in the hope of enjoying it in the sunshine but I recently visited in November and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Venice in the winter season is much quieter and far more affordable. So if you’re looking to discover Venice in a more intimate way, I recommend visiting off peak!

What currency do they use in Venice?

Venice Blog Posts

A selection of the top blog posts all about Venice. This Venice travel guide explores the best time of year to visit Venice and as well as fun things to do and places to see.

After A Day Trip?

Murano and Burano are both islands within the lagoon just a short ferry ride from Venice. The island of Murano is famous for glass blowing and people visit Burano to buy lace and see the colourful houses that line the canal. Together they make a brilliant day trip.

“Venice, half woman, half fish, is a siren dissolving into a marsh of the Adriatic.”

Jean Cocteau

Top Places to See

  • Basilica di San Marco
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Doge’s Palace
  • St Mark’s Campanile
  • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
  • Grand Canal 
  • Libreria Acqua Alta
  • Fondaco dei Tedeschi
  • Teatro la Fenice
  • Ponte dell’Accademia
  • Murano, Burano & Torcello
  • Lido
  • Bridge of Sighs


Is Venice expensive?

Venice is often thought of as an expensive destination and it definitely can be if you want to stay in one of the top notch hotels, but it’s also really easy to visit Venice on a budget. Stay in an Airbnb, eat off the beaten path of the main tourist attractions and think carefully about which attractions you want to pay out for.

Are gondola rides worth the money?

A gondola ride typically costs €80 and lasts around 30 minutes. The price is per boat so if you can split that 6 ways (the maximum number) rather that 2 you can bring the cost down. Whether the ride is worth the money or not really depends how much you value the experience. After all you won’t get a gondola ride in Venice anywhere else. Other than maybe The Venetian Las Vegas!

What’s the food like in Venice?

I’m a lover of Italian food and Venice is no exception! From pizza and pasta to a variety of seafood and meat dishes there’s something for everyone! Oh and don’t forget to check out the cicchetti bars! There’s so many lovely restaurants in Venice you’ll be spoilt for choice!

How do I find good accommodation in Venice?

Some hotels in Venice can be expensive so I recommend checking out Airbnb. We found a fabulous flat literally 2 minutes walk from St Mark’s Square for €60 a night!

Are there any good day trips from Venice?

Venice itself has loads to see and do but if you fancy a day trip I recommend getting the water bus across to Murano and Burano. Both islands are lovely in their own right and quite different from Venice. Murano is famous for it’s Murano glass and Burano for its colourful houses and lace making.

Are there any hidden gems in Venice?

Venice is full of cute and quirky places. One of my favourite hidden gems is the Liberia Acqua Alta, a bookstore which is so frequently flooded by the Acqua Alta that the  owners now store the books in bathtubs. It’s a great location for an Instagram photo as well.