Our Venice tips, to love our city as we do
Venice and its magic, and our little tips
How to move, and baggage?
Venice is an enchanted city, which enchants. It rises on the water, it lives on the water.
It rises on an archipelago of 118 islands, 150 channels cross and intersect it. These islets are connected to each other by over 400 bridges.
The city has more than 200 wonderful churches, most of which can be visited and some are free.
Travel light, avoid huge trolleys, Venice and its means of transport are very crowded.
Gps and Venice it is a big NO, the good old map is the best way to understand where we are and where we are going.
On a walk, or running, or by trolley, keep to the right in the alleys and small alleys (our streets are called that).
A little tip: the best time to explore the Rialto / San Marco area, where our hotel is located, is until 10:00 in the morning and after 18:00.
Less crowds, fewer groups. We love it.
Venice is connected to the mainland by the Ponte della Libertà, where trains, cars, buses and trams pass.
Arriving in Piazzale Roma, bus and car station, or in the Central Station of Venice Santa Lucia, there is only one way to discover it at its best ... on foot.
In Venice you can move around on foot, cars, motorcycles and bicycles are forbidden, even bicycles are prohibited, even if carried by hand!
Remember to park your car / bike / motorbike in Mestre or Venice Piazzale Roma, bus and car terminal. For info on where to park and how to get to the hotel click HERE.
The Vaporetti of the Actv company are our public transport, you can compare them to public buses, but in the water as they are boats.
The transport company offers 1 hour tickets. 24h. 48h. 72h. and 7 days. The ticket is electronic and must always be validated.
For further information, consult the actv.it website. Obviously there is also a private water taxi service and the cost depends on the route.
Sestieri, bridges and streets
The anniversary of Venice dates back to 25 March 421, when the oldest church in Venice was founded, the Church of San Giacometo di Rialto, just a few minutes from where the hotel is located, obviously we suggest a quick visit.
Venice is made up of 6 districts, called Sestieri: San Marco, San Polo, Cannaregio, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, Castello.
Venice is a small town, on a human scale, which can be visited entirely on foot ... the border is water.
The Grand Canal divides Venice into two and is crossed by 4 bridges: the Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge, the Scalzi Bridge and the new Constitution Bridge.
The Rialto Bridge is the first bridge built along the Grand Canal. The Venetians built the first bridge, a pontoon bridge, around 1100, to connect directly to the Rialto market, but the majestic and imposing Rialto Bridge we see today was finished in 1591.
A visit to the Jewish Ghetto is a must, the oldest Jewish Ghetto in Europe built during the Serenissima around 1516.
It is also possible to visit the synagogues, booking your tour is simple, the ticket office inside the Jewish ghetto provides information, visiting hours and ticket sales.
Canals, Mosquitoes, but can the water be drunk? what an adventure!
Bring mosquito spray with you! The air conditioning is on from June to September (for more info read our quick hotel rules) but mosquitoes love us, especially from April to November. Venice is a wonderful city built more than 1500 years ago inside a lagoon, mosquitoes are part of our ecosystem.
The water is drinkable, and Venice offers plenty of public fountains with wonderfully cool water.
Do not swim inside the canals of the city, it is forbidden and not healthy. In case you want a nice swim in the sea, a walk on the beach in the sun, the beach of Lido di Venezia is easily reachable by public transport (vaporetti).
But the Acqua Alta?
Venice was built in the lagoon that opens towards the Adriatic Sea that like all seas, it is affected by the tides and the phases of the moon.
Six hours the tide rises, six hours the tide goes out ...
When winds from south-south-east blow for a long time, the sea water is pushed with more force into the lagoon, through the inlets that areopenings along the strip of sand that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.
The tide level rises until it submerges the lower areas or the entire city. Normally high water is not dangerous and is a temporary phenomenon, a pair of boots and a little patience, one more reason to travel light, carry large trolleys in case of high water, is not practical.
For detailed information click HERE.
Visit St. Mark's Square in peace ... or almost
The St. Mark's Basilica booking is recommended, we recommend consulting the website for prices and reservations due to Covid19.
The best time to visit the Doge's Palace is after lunch, around 2pm. In addition to the ticket for the museums in Piazza San Marco, there is the Museum Pass, very convenient (about 10 museums, including the Doge's Palace, Correr Museum, Ca 'Pesaro and the Glass Museum in Murano, info on veneziaunica.it)
Remember to book any tours online well in advance. The MuVe site contains all the Venetian civic museums
Safe streets and the importance of eating (and drinking a good glass of wine)
Venice is a safe city but beware of pickpockets! in crowded areas, inside the train station, and inside the Vaporetti, they are fast and very awake.
Try our Osterie, where you can find and eat excellent cicchetti (similar to tapas) and good local wine. Normally these are small places with a few tables, often only the host's counter is present, where delicious local cicchetti and quick homemade dishes are prepared.
Take a stroll to the historic Rialto market, where you will find fresh fruit and vegetables and local products, such as the famous castraure from the Island of Sant'Erasmo, and the historic Rialto fish market, located a few steps from our hotel. it is open from 6:00 in the morning to 13:00
Don't forget the pastry shops! often small and without seats, you will find Venetian pastries and a good cappuccino.
The Must, the Gondola! but not only...
A ride in Godola is always extremely pleasant, the Gondola service is active from morning to late evening, and the prices are always displayed at the Gondola station (we could compare it to the gondola stop) Too expensive? Share the Gondola! A gondola can carry up to 6 people.
Super important: look up, get lost, relax, enjoy a good ice cream, Venice offers unique hidden corners, Venice is also this. A city with more than 1500 years of history, always amazes