Travelling to Venice and want to make the best of it? Don’t stick at crowded places like San Marco or the Rialto Bridge as most of the visitors do, but explore and experience Venice likes it is meant to be. Here are five secret tips that will life your visit to a higher level!
Plan Your Visit Well
Venice may not be a very big place to explore and it is best done by walking, still it will take more time than anticipated. The narrow streets are like a maze and it’s easy to get lost. And when you are not lost, you are stuck in the crowds. So plan ahead and know what you will be visiting. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to get lost, as this will bring you to the best places. There is always Google Maps to help you out!
Also, Venice is meant to be seen from the water. While a gondola ride might be a tourist trap, the watertaxi on the Grand Canal will show you all the best places.
Get Up Early!
Venice is always over-crowded!
Yes and no. It’s true that there is no real “best ime” to visit Venice when it comes to avoiding the crowds. Still, if you want to see Venice minus the hundreds of tourists photobombing your travel picture, there is a trick.
Most visitors of Venice are day tourists or spend the mornings in a hotel with some breakfast. Meaning, they will only set out after 8 or 9am. If you want to have San Marco for yourself (well, you and the pigeons), get up early and make a stroll through the city in the early hours of the day.
Head For The Islands
The best viewpoints in Venice are on the outer islands. You can spend a day island hopping and even lunch on them. Murano and Burano can not be missed, while beach lovers can head to Lido.
Be Careful Where You Buy Souvenirs
Mass-produced souvenirs are to be seen all over Venice, but no income from this goes to Venice or its citzens. Even worse, it’s only one of the reasons why local inhabitants have to move out. More and more cities have campaigned for having more respect to the local community. Venice is one of them, as it is often overwhelmed by tourists who spend their money elsewhere. That being said, one of the best souvenirs to get is by visiting an artisan shop where they handmake authentic Venetian masks. Not cheap but a souvenir to treasure.
Our final secret tip is about… toilets! It might look odd as a travel tip, but during your visit you will end up one way or another in need of a toilet. The public toilets are super clean, but hard to find. Also they cost like 1,50 euros. Which is expensive if you just have to make a wee. Therefore we recommend, when in need,to visit a local bar or restaurant and enjoy a coffee or pastry while doing so.You can find coffees for the same price as the public toilet, and here the toilet is free for customers.