It is no surprise that Venice is one of the priciest places to travel in Italy, however it’s also possible to make a budget trip to this wonderful city without breaking the bank. I have been to Venice around September time when the weather was still pleasant and the prices around the city were cheaper as it wasn’t peak season. If you want a short break in Venice on a budget, do avoid the months of March and April, but be careful choosing the winter time to visit, due the risk of Acqua Alta (high water) which can make Venice feel a bit like Atlantis.
A few tips for a cheap short break in Venice:
- Don’t bother with a Gondola!
Unless you particularly want this experience, you can easily make your way to the city by water-taxi or a Vaporetto water bus!
This will be the best 10 Euros you will spend in Venice, and you still get to feel like a movie star for 20 minutes, sailing across the lagoon with the wind in your hair, arriving at the Grand Canal.
- Learn some Italian!
Yes, one of the loudest and most beautiful languages to hear and to speak. You don’t need to be fluent in the language but being able to say “Hello”, “Good Bye“, “Please” and “Thank You” will make any Italian smile back at you! Not as difficult as it sounds as Hello and Good Bye are the same – Ciao!!
When bargaining discounts up the street markets of Venice, some basic knowledge of the Italian language can be very useful.
- Don’t over plan
Planning can cause some stress and frustration when not everything falls into place perfectly. Venice is the ideal city to get lost by foot. As there are no cars on its 100 little islands, get out of your comfort zone, explore everything in your walking boots and you’ll and have unforgettable experiences. Talk to strangers during your journey, you’ll have a chance to meet fun locals and get tips that you usually wouldn’t find in a travel guide. Every bridge you cross is a photo opportunity.
- If you happen to stumble upon a quiet canal side restaurant, stop there!
Don’t obsess with eating at a restaurant at the Grand Canal.
Those candle lit romantic restaurants can come at a very expensive price.
Restaurants situated away from the crowd are far cheaper, have more authentic food, and people are more social.
- Don’t eat out all the time
Staying in a self-catering apartment in Venice gives you an excuse to shop like a local.
There is a lovely food market near the Rialto Bridge and every Venetian goes there to buy fresh fruit, veg, meat and of course, their amazing sea food!
If this sounds up your street, the Apartment Campo San Trovaso is in the lovely area of Dorsoduro and has a self catering option.
On a quick note, if you want to travel solo, don’t let the romantic reputation of Venice put you off, use it to your benefit and enjoy the quiet sights instead – besides, sometimes a person must learn to romance oneself 😉
Photo source by Beatrici Photography