Venice on a budget

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by miss direct, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    I'm going to be spending one day and one night in Venice in September. I've made a reservation at a hostel (£50 - for a shared room at a HOSTEL :eek: - just imagining the kind of hotel I could stay at in Turkey for that price!) and am after any tips on how to experience the city on a budget.

    I'm not going there on holiday exactly but am taking the opportunity to see the city as I'm working nearby for a week. I'm more than happy to buy food at a supermarket and eat outside, also not bothered about museums or "attractions" other than soaking up the atmosphere, wandering around and taking photos.
     
  2. tim

    tim EXPLODED TIM! (Help me!!!)

    Go by train across the causeway and the follow the yellow signs to the Rialto and to Saint Mark's, with lots of detours on the way
     
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  3. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Thank you - what does "the causeway" mean? I am staying on the main islandy bit. Actually found a cheaper hostel so cancelled the first one to save £15 :)
     
  4. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Church of St Giorgio Maggiore is beautiful from the main part of Venice, also it is just a few Euro's to go up the bell tower which affords some of the best views
    of Venice. Some of the quieter places can be the most interesting eg. the waterfront and back streets down towards Arsenale.
     
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  5. hash tag

    hash tag member

    A taste of Venice; cheap it ain't. Florian's is most people's must do. If nothing else, it'll give you an idea what to expect.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006vw3

    Just walk everywhere and/or take water buses. It's crowded like Oxford St. And stunning.
     
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  6. ice-is-forming

    ice-is-forming Well-Known Member

    You can jump on the number 1 bus boat for free ( I don't think it's meant to be free but no one ever asked to see a ticket) it goes from the train station end of the Grande canal all the way out into the ocean end and then back again. It's around a two hour round trip and is lovely. You get to see so much, it's particularly pretty at night :)
     
  7. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    I just watched that! :D
     
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  8. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Just found this by accident (the things you do at work). Not sure it'll be much help but hey, wtf :D

     
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  9. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    The Biennale is on when you'll be there.... I know you said you weren't bothered about attractions, but it is such an integral part of Venice that it is a good way to get a feel for the city in a short time too. I am not even that into Art but was totally blown away by the city during the biennale... the official exhibitions are pay in (it is 25 euros or so, but so totally Massive and all over the city that it felt well worth it) but also there are tons of unofficial free exhibitions all over the place if you just wander around. I would really recommend looking into it anyway, it was def one of my best ever travel experiences. How to Visit the Venice Biennale Without Being Overwhelmed

    https://artmuseum.utoronto.ca/wp-co...10-Zoomer-the-Venice-Biennale-on-a-budget.pdf

    And don't have a drink on a cafe in any of the squares, or you will immediately blow the price of a biennale ticket on like 2 drinks.
     
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  10. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Oh dear; Venice is expensive and heaving at the best of times; but during the Biennale :confused:
     
  11. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    No different
     
  12. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Not sure what floats your boat but we walked from Arsenale, to the hospital to Ponte dei Tre Archi to get away from the crowds. We stumbled upon a great caff by the three arches and had a glorious lunch there.
    Another side of town Venice 24/7, 1. Winter in Venice: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d26ls via @bbbciplayerThis is one of several similar progs.
     
  13. shambler

    shambler Well-Known Member

    Stay in Giudecca if possible, buy all your food and booze from the discount supermarket there, don't bother paying for the water busses (none of the locals do), spend some time sitting in St Elena park getting pissed. Cheaper less touristy mainland parts in general are the extremes, northernmost (Cannaregio) and eastern (Castillo). Look for the right osturias around there and you'll get yourself a glass of wine with aperativo for €5
     
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  14. hash tag

    hash tag member

    taxi's or buses? :confused:
    I could not imagine getting off of one of those taxi's without paying...€100 or so from airport to town. Nice thought, but...
     
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  15. shambler

    shambler Well-Known Member

    Yeah, meant busses ofc. Have edited :D
     
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  16. hash tag

    hash tag member

    We made a point of arriving by taxi. It took us straight from airport to hotel. Worth doing but expensive. Getting off, Mrs t went arse over Tit :confused::D
     
  17. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Bumping this post to ask for some tips for tomorrow. I arrived in Venice today and spent the whole day walking around. It was lovely, but the heat and the crowds were exhausting. I have to check out of my hostel by 10am tomorrow :( and don't fly until 9pm, so have the entire day to fill. Can anyone suggest something chilled and relaxing to do, that doesn't involve walking all day, or spending lots of money? (I'm aware this may be a big ask!)
     
  18. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Whatever you do, don't sit down and have a beer in St Marks square. By the time you've paid for the seat, the music, the waiter, the beer, the view and the air, a bottle of beer will cost you about 50 quid.
     
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  19. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Get a water bus to another island where it's quieter.
     
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  20. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I visited Murano, still quite crowded. :(
     
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  21. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Head to the far reaches along for the shipping terminal where there are some bars n cafes looking out over the water or go to other side between hospital and three arch bridge. Or cemetery. Between hospital and cemetery, in middle of the water is a sculpture!
     
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  22. clicker

    clicker nanook rubs it....

    I found a little, empty swing park on Murano. So nice to have a bench to park myself on. It was on the edge of the lagoon, about 15 min walk from water bus stop .
     
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  23. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Thank you for the suggestions. I don’t really want to get a boat anywhere. It may sound tight but even 7.50 euro (actually presumably 15 as I’d need to get one back as well) is money I’d rather not spend right now.
     
  24. hash tag

    hash tag member

    One of the few green spaces in Venice is down by Giardini. It will be quiet and devoid of tourists.
     
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  25. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    It rained most of the day, and I had a nice time exploring the Biennale. Went down to the gardens but it was 25 Euros entrance. Found lots of pavillions with free entrance and saw some really interesting art.
     
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  26. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Art or no art, such a beautiful place. There is some great modern art in the Gugenheim which opens up on to the Grand canal, superb location. Sorry it rained for you.
    Sadly, this sticks in my mind for some reason
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  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Whatever you do, don't go anywhere near any of the cafes near the main tourist areas as they just make the prices up on the spot. But I'm sure you know that already.
     
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  28. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    I didn't go to a single cafe/bar/restaurant. The hostel had a big kitchen with free pasta and condiments, so I went shopping at Spar and had a nice dinner and made a packed lunch. (Bear in mind I'd already been in Italy for a week so had eaten plenty of good food already).
     
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