Everyone wants to visit Venice. With its beautiful and romantic setting, fascinating architecture and artwork, it is one of the most sought after vacation spots in Europe.
Best of climate, holidays and festivals
The best time to visit Venice is from April till October as the colder winter months can bring flooding. There are festivals all year round in Venice. The "Biennale di Venezia" is an art exhibition that takes place every two years. Carnival happens 10 to 17 days before Ash Wednesday, usually in February. On the 3rd Sunday in July you can enjoy the processions, concerts and fireworks of the "Festa del Redentore". For film fans, there is an international film festival on Lido island for 11 days during August and September.
Before you travel: cost of living
Happily, Venice is a little less expensive than London. You can enjoy a meal in an inexpensive restaurant for about EUR 10.00. Beer costs around EUR 4.00. A trip to the market for food is also much less expensive and especially alcohol is cheaper than in the UK.
Local Venice facts
Once you've arrived at the airport, you can take the "Fly" shuttle bus, operated by "ATVO" to Piazzale Roma in central Venice. A one-way ticket costs about EUR 15.00. The ACTV bus number 15 costs roughly EUR 8.00 for a single ticket and the journey takes about 25 minutes. If you choose the water bus "Alilaguna," a single ticket will cost around EUR 15.00. The most expensive option is taking a taxi, which costs about EUR 40.00 to the city centre. Public transport in the city centre is via water buses called Vaporettos. A 75 minute ticket costs about EUR 7.50. A day pass, which is also valid on buses, costs about EUR 18.00. Two days cost around EUR 30.00 and 7 days, roughly EUR 60.00. If you're staying for 3 days or more, you should consider buying a Carta Venezia which may include discounts to major attractions. Taxi prices start at roughly EUR 16.00 for the first 3 kilometres, then cost about EUR 2.00 for each additional kilometre. Most tourist attractions are located centrally and can be easily reached on foot. Accommodation in Venice ranges from about EUR 25.00 per night in a Hostel, or EUR 50.00 per night in a 3 star hotel.