Venice can be hard to navigate, therefore we want to help you to, not only get around Venice, but also do it in a local, authentic and not touristy way as we think Venice is a beautiful yet fragile city, that needs the help of its visitors to remain in its splendor. Therefore here there are our 10 top tips for how to get around in Venice:
Remember always to visit Venice respectfully
This is more than a tip, it’s a must. Venice is a fragile and beautiful city and needs the help of both its inhabitants and travelers to keep it as beautiful as it is. Have a look on our previous post on how you can visit Venice respectfully.
Use the vaporetto only if you strictly need it
One way ticket vaporetto has a jaw dropping price of 7,50 euros. It last for 75’ but is still very much! Therefore our tip is to take the vaporetto only when you absolutely need it: Venice is a great city to explore by foot: you will strictly need to take the vaporetto only if you go to the islands. If you do, be sure you buy the Venice city pass or at least the 24h ACTV ticket.
Have a Prontopia Local to help you to get around the city
The best way to get around Venice is with a Local, and that’s why we recommend to book or request on-demand your Prontopia Local in order to have the best have tips and recommendations about the city and to go around easy and stress free.
Never eat in a restaurant with the pictures of the food displayed outside
Oldie but goldie rule for Venice: if a restaurant has the pictures of the dishes or food outside, or if there is a waiter that asks you insistently to dine there, it’s 99% a tourist trap. I would rather say that probably the best restaurants in Venice don’t have a menu at all, like Da Cri Cri e Tendina in Lido, but they are quite rare nowadays. Trust always your instinct but avoid places with food pictures.
For a cheap and good glass of house wine ask “un’ombra di vino”
Who said drinking in Venice is expensive? The typical drink that all the venetians, especially the old ones, drink is ‘ombra di vino’ which could be white or red (bianco or rosso): it’s a small glass of house wine that usually cost 1 or 2 euros. It’s a Veneto region wine, usually pinot grigio or cabernet, and it’s a great way to drink typical without spend a fortune. You can have it any osteria in any sestiere of Venezia.
Don’t buy crafts from the 1 euros shops if you want authentic Venetian stuff
Real Murano glass crafts are a precious and special for the city traditional and local economy, therefore the ‘all 1 euros’ shops that sell glass crafts are definitely to avoid as they are not authentic. Go to Murano itself or buy something small but made with real Murano glass if you want to keep the budget. We also recommend to buy only original hand made masks, like the ones you can find at Ca’Macana.
You can get from one side of the canal to the other side with a gondola for 2 euros
Again, who said that you need to spend a fortune to have a gondola ride? With only 2 euros you can have a 5 minutes ride at one of the traghetto stops. Find out where they are and how to get one on our previous blog post.
Find a free wifi spots in the city
Believe it or not, Venice is not the most wifi-friendly city in the world, therefore find a good internet connection it could be difficult. Fortunately we compiled for you a guide of where to find wifi spots in Venice!
Use one of the Venice travel apps to move around the city
Not only Prontopia, but many other apps for your smartphone could help you tremendously during your trip here. From CheBateo to get the right times of the water busses, till KiShare, an app that will help you to cut the costs of your water taxi or gondola ride, there are plenty to use. We have listed all in one spot, here.
Read our Venice Local Travel Guide
If you think this are too many information for you all in once, we suggest you to download our Venice Local Travel Guide: an all-in of info and tips, coming directly from our locals, that will help you navigate tremendously in Venice. Download it here.