Visiting Venice on a Budget
Venice!!! The very word exudes luxury and wealth. It can be quite an expensive sightseeing affair. But it doesn’t have to be necessarily so. We’ve compiled a list of insider tips and tricks on when to visit, where to stay, what to eat and how to get around Venice on a fixed budget. It surely helps you avoid the tourist traps so you don’t have to miss out on the best experiences that the City of Bridges has to offer.
Visit During the Off-Season
The perfect time to travel to Venice would be during the month of September and October when the weather is pleasant and the prices are low. Peak season in Venice brings large crowds, costly lodging rooms and eateries trekking up their costs. The Venice fair – which falls amongst March and April every year – is an incredible time to visit. However, it may bring higher costs for accommodation.
Avoid Tourist Traps
You’ll realize that your money lasts much longer if you manage to escape the centre and head into one of the city’s residential neighborhoods. One such place is the Santa Croce which you can reach by strolling through the Rialto market. All through the walk, you can also have splendid views of the Grand Canal on your right. Osteria La Zucca near Campo San Giacomo offers authentic yet affordable food. Venture into the South, the Dorsoduro and visit the Church of San Barnaba, which has a lively flea market right outside.
Home Stays and Apartments
Stay at a family-run B&B or rent a holiday apartment in Venice. Avoid large hotels and opt for budget friendly home stays. There are plenty of websites which help you decide which place is ideal for you. Renting an apartment for your is a recommended and best way to stay in Venice. It’s economical and also very convenient.
And Then…The Gondola Ride!
Exploring the city’s rich culture and its grand canals on Gondolas is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience but it also comes with a heavy price tag. Prices can go up to as much as 50 Euros per hour. If you’re looking for an economical way of visiting the city via waterways, take a Vaporetto – the public water bus system. You can get a single-journey ticket for 9 USD, but the best option is a travel card – ranging from USD 22 for 12 hours up to USD 61 for a full week. A vaporetto to San Michele is a must do. It is home to grand tombs and famous names such as Ezra Pound and Igor Stravinsky.
Avoid the Popular Piazzas
For authentic Italian food, step away from the main stream restaurants. Most restaurants in the city’s popular areas, especially the Rialto Bridge, are overpriced. As soon as you walk away from these places you realize that the prices drop dramatically. In case you’re on a tight budget, try making lunch your main meal. Many restaurants also have a fixed-price menu of two or three courses, which work out to be of good value (generally between USD 18-25).
In addition to these tips, book your flights and hotel together as there are some great package deals available. Use the bus service which is very well connected. Instead of cutting corners for little things, these tips help you cut costs of major activities while leaving the quality and the comfort of your trip uncompromised.