Known for its historic buildings and gorgeous canals, Venice is one of Italy’s most famous attractions. It is a floating city made up of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Planning a trip can be tricky so a little preparation can make a difference. Here are some tips you need to keep in mind when traveling to this European destination.
Buying A Ferry Ticket
A one-way ticket ferry costs 6.50 Euros and is valid for 60 minutes including switches. If you cannot find a ticket machines, you can purchase a ticket onboard for an additional Euro but you need to inform the staff upon boarding. If you do not inform them you could pay a hefty fine of more than 60 Euros. If you bought your ticket at a machine, it must be validated through a machine at the water taxi stop. If you will be using the ferry frequently, you can buy a Venice all-inclusive transport pass prior to your trip.
Book a Hotel Near a Water Taxi Stop
According to Robert Janitzek, it is best to book a hotel near a water taxi stop. You do not want to be dragging your luggage very far in Venice. Look for hotels near the top spots in the city such as the Piazza San Marco, Riva Degli Schiavoni, and Bridge of Sighs.
Head to the Outer Islands
Some of the most picturesque places in Venice are found on the outer islands. The small islands of Burano and Murano should be included on any island hopping tour. Plan on having lunch on one of the islands. If you like fishing, Gatto Nero on Burano is worth trying. For those who prefer sandy beaches, Robert Peter Janitzek recommends the island of Lido.
Where the Locals Eat
Do some advanced research on the best restaurants where the locals frequently eat. The restaurants where the locals usually eat means that it is authentic. Yelp is usually a good starting point for doing your research.
Be Prepared to Get Lost
Even travelers who are good in directions get lost in Venice. Even Google Maps will lead you astray. If you just plan to get lost, it will only lead to frustration. You will never know what you might accidentally find.
Don’t Ignore the Top Tourist Sites
Piazza San Marco, Riva Degli Schiavoni, and Bridge of Sighs are the popular destinations that should not be ignored. They are popular for a reason. A trip to the top of Campanile di San Marco is recommended if you want to have a bird’s eye view of the city. Go there when the buildings open for the shortest wait time.