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Venice travel tips
Venice is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth but many tourists only skim the surface with a quick visit. However, there are a number of things that you can do to get the most out of your experience. Here are four Venice travel tips to help you discover the side of Venice that the locals know and love...
Spend at least five days in Venice
Lots of British holidaymakers visit Venice as part of a longer tour of Italy or Europe - in fact, the average visitor to Venice only spends 2.5 nights in the city. Because it’s such a popular destination for day trips, you’ll find it hard to get off the tourist trail if you don’t leave adequate time to explore. With so much to see and do, five days give you just enough time to appreciate your Venice travel experience.
Make sure that you’re hotel is in a convenient location
Transport in Venice usually means walking or taking a slow (and expensive!) water bus, so it’s crucial that your hotel is well located. If you’re booking through a travel agent, request a few days to research the hotel. Check forums and review sites for impartial advice. Lots of tourists commute from the mainland, where you’ll find cheaper hotels – but a centrally located hotel will allow you to experience Venice after the day trippers have gone home.
Venice is a relatively compact city that’s perfect for pedestrians. Rather than take overpriced transport, pack comfortable shoes and explore the city at your own pace by foot. You'll see parts of the city that you might otherwise have missed.
Get off the tourist track
Of course, you’ll probably want to see Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace as part of your Venice travel, but don’t feel obligated to visit somewhere because it’s been labelled a must-see. Follow your instincts and pursue your own interests – ditching the queues to find a hidden treasure in the back streets can be a much more rewarding experience.