Venice

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Venice Money-Saving Tips

Gondola Rides

For a proper ride on a gondola, plan to spend about US$120 for 50 minutes of slipping through the canals.

Shop at Marforio for Leather Deals

Since 1875 this has been one of the best leather shops in town. The buttery gloves, bags, suitcases, belts, wallets, etc. are all reasonably priced, too.

Festivals

Some of the best reasons to come to Venice are for the various art, film, and architecture festivals held every year. The International Film Festival is held every August and is considered as important in the film world as Cannes. The Biennale runs for the entire summer and showcases the best in contemporary art in odd years and architecture in even years.

Vaporetto

A trip on one of the public “buses” of Venice is a must for a slice of everyday life with the locals. These giant ferries run the circuit along the canal and off to the various islands in the lagoon for a reasonable price.

Rialto Markets

Yes, you’ll find stupid T-shirts and rude underwear embossed with anatomically enhanced images of Michelangelo’s David, but head to the San Polo side and you’ll find a charming seafood market used by locals.

Catch the Sunrise

There are many times of day when the Venetian Lagoon is magical, but almost none is better than sunrise. Wake up at 5am one morning (just tell yourself you’ll take a nap) and walk along the Grand Canal to St Mark’s. It will be one of the few times you don’t see any people in the area.

Classical Music

There’s not much nightlife in Venice, but there are plenty of tiny halls with classical music playing almost every night of the week. If you like classical, particularly Vivaldi, you’ll be in luck. Just ask the concierge at your hotel, or look around at the various billboard areas all over town. Tickets are rarely more than 30 Euros.

Navigating your Arrival

Getting from the airport to your hotel can be confusing. If your hotel is on a canal, you can take a water taxi directly to your front door – but be warned, this can get pricey (prices start at 95€ for two people with a total of two pieces of luggage; www.motoscafivenezia.it). A more affordable option is the bus, which makes the 20-minute trip from the airport to the city center every half hour (8€ per person; actv.avmspa.it). Alternatively, take the public Alilaguna water taxi, which runs from the airport to pre-arranged destinations in Venice (15€ per person; www.alilaguna.it).

Shop at Pauly for Deals on Murano Glass

If you can’t make it to Murano to stroll along Fondamenta dei Vetrai (where all the best glass stores are located) this shop near the Piazza San Marco sells pieces from several of the best Murano factories at good prices.

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