Vacation in Venice

Romantic, exciting, magical, addictive, one and only. All the accolades in the world are concentrated between the canals and bridges of Venice and make the small and lively city a place that you can queue up and explore for hours and hours: intriguing sites, unforgettable restaurants, crowded alleys, endless stalls and of course a wonderful postcard view of an authentic and sweeping city on the water. Venice is able to provide a tourist experience that is second to none in all of Italy, but precisely for this reason it is also important to know how to properly conduct yourself in the city and not let it catch you off guard.

Hotels in Venice

Venice is considered a very expensive city and not only in relation to Italy itself, so there are two options:

The first is to look for cheaper hotels in the peripheral parts of the city such as Santa Croce and Canjero, where the many Irbianbi apartments are definitely worth considering and will suit couples and families looking for a low nightly rate. You can also stay in hotels in the Jewish ghetto area that are suitable for kosher keepers and are somewhat in the middle range.

The second option is to invest “to the end” and spend the night in an impressive luxury suite in the city center, in Canal Grande or Piazza San Marco. Although you will have to part with an average of 300 euros here, it is an experience that is worth the investment.

If the two options do not satisfy you, there is a third option and that is to look for a hotel in Venice at much better rates outside the city in nearby Mastera or even Padova. This is also the almost only option suitable for travelers with a rented car: you can leave the car in the hotel parking lot and travel to Venice by bus.

If you have decided to spend the night in the city itself, there are several things you should know in advance:

  • With the exception of 5-star hotels, you will not find hotels with an elevator, which makes it difficult for travelers who have arrived with a lot of luggage, families with strollers (in general, it is not recommended to move here with wheels of any kind…) and people with mobility difficulties. It is also advisable to find out in advance about the existence of the merger because this is not taken for granted here.
  • The city itself is crowded and therefore the hotels are small, especially in the city center. A standard double room, for example, is 10 square meters in total.
  • Unlike other places where you will meet Italians trying to sell you traps (we’ll get to that), the porters are the best way to get to your hotel successfully. These are paid porters with special carts for crossing the bridges and waterproof covers against rain and they will make it significantly easier for you to arrive and leave.
  • Venice is not an easy city to find your way around, so it is very important to make sure upon arrival at the hotel that you know the exact address of the hotel and that you have a telephone contact. It is recommended to take a picture of the entrance to your hotel and also to find out at the reception the number of the Vaporetto (water bus) line that passes near it and the name of the station, so that you can return easily.

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A 5-star hotel in the Florence area, located 0.3 km from the Consulate General of South Korea in Florence. Price range: 348$ - 717$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 100 m from the beach of Leoneli. Price range: 286$ - 623$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 0.3 km from the Coralle Museum. Price range: 320$ - 673$ per night. recommended!

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מלון באזור טורינו, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מדורה. טווח מחירים: 197 ₪ - 380 ₪ ללילה.

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מלון באזור סנטה קרוצ'ה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.3 ק״מ מקזינו ונציה. טווח מחירים: 382 ₪ - 825 ₪ ללילה. מומלץ!

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מלון דירות בדירוג 5 כוכבים באזור דואומו / סן מרקו / המרכז ההיסטורי של פירנצה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מגלריית האקדמיה. טווח מחירים: 24,426 PKR - ‏56,872 PKR ללילה. מומלץ!

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A 3-star hotel in the area of the historic center of Florence / Piazza del Independenza, located 0.1 km from Moia Panza. Price range: 88$ - 171$ per night.

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A hotel in the Turin area, located 0.1 km above Edi. Price range: 62$- 87$ per night. recommended!

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Venice restaurants

Italian food is known for its fine flavors and Venetian food surpasses most of it. Eating in an authentic local restaurant is a mind-blowing experience and you can find a huge variety of options here – from gourmet to folk food, from pasta stalls on the street to fresh seafood, from traditional Italian cuisine to culinary influence from other countries in the world. The prices in restaurants in Venice are significantly higher than those in the other cities in northern Italy, so you should save some of your meals in favor of pastas and pizzas outside the central areas. They are just as delicious.

Another possibility to get acquainted with the Venetian cuisine is through food workshops held in the city’s cooking schools, or through culinary tours that include tastings of the local produce and wines, some of which are held specifically in the Jewish ghetto.

And we have several more recommendations:

On Mondays, the fish market and most fish restaurants are closed, which means that the fish is not fresh. It is recommended to avoid seafood on this day.
As befits Italy, there are also “trap” restaurants waiting here that sell folk food at exorbitant prices. Look for reviews of good restaurants, get out of the central areas and stay away from restaurants with street signs with pictures of dishes and those where the waiters stand outside and invite you in.
Another option to eat well here is to go to the Rialto market and buy from whatever is nearby. This is great for apartment renters and kosher keepers.
In the city there are quite a few pizza and pasta stands where you choose the type of pasta and sauce. These stalls are cheaper than any restaurant and you can combine them with a bottle of cheap local wine and enjoy a meal of kings.
The less the restaurant communicates in English and more in Italian – the more authentic and successful it is. If the menu is in English and is fixed or wrapped in laminate, it means that the restaurant does not emphasize seasonal ingredients and variety in the dishes and it is likely that it will sell you banalities at an excessive price.
The famous Italian gelato is not really present in Venice and the many ice cream parlors in the city are nice, but not unique compared to other cities in the country. What is special here? the desserts Do not give them up in any way.

An Italian restaurant specializing in seafood and fish mentioned in the Michelin guide, with traditional and comforting Venetian food
A completely different experience: a luxury restaurant in an ancient space that serves Italian and fusion food at a high level – but it does not have a menu
A popular Venetian restaurant with a long pizza menu and also traditional Italian dishes with quality food at a reasonable price.
A restaurant near the Grand Canal that offers traditional Italian food with a warm and homely atmosphere
A restaurant on a cliff facing the Bay of Naples serving local food fresh from the sea since 1942
Wine bar with a rich menu of wines and beers and excellent food
A restaurant with a special atmosphere, which is also a bistro, a cafe, and a delicatessen
A restaurant that serves traditional Neapolitan food in the atmosphere of the past
A traditional Italian restaurant with old-fashioned food run by the chef who taught Jamie Oliver to cook Italian food

Venice attractions

Venice includes a wide variety of historical sites as well as a number of dream locations for observation and photographs that should not be missed. The nearby islands also provide a generous portion of the local attractions. The main movement is by foot, but to move between sites throughout the day, it is advisable to use the Vaporetto – the famous water bus.

St. Mark’s Basilica

The magnificent and large basilica of the city which is also considered one of its main attractions. This is a holy place that requires entry in long (modest) clothing and there is a ban on talking loudly, taking photos and bringing in bags. The beautiful church is open to visitors every day of the week, including Sundays and holidays.
The dome of the basilica is open for free every day between 09:30 and 17:00 (entrance closes at a quarter to five) and on Sundays and holidays between 14:00 and 16:00.
The San Marco church museum is open every day from 4:45-9:45 p.m. with an entrance fee of 5 euros per person.
The famous work Pala d’oro in the center of the basilica is open from 16:45 to 09:45 or on holidays from 16:30 to 14:00 at a cost of two euros per person.
The treasury is open from 16:45 to 09:45 or on holidays from 16:30 to 14:00 at a cost of three euros per person.
Campline San Marco (bell tower) is open from 09:00 to 19:00 or 21:00 (depending on the season) and costs 8 euros per person.
Our secret tip: pay attention to the weather, because in difficult and stormy weather conditions the bell tower will be closed and it would be a shame to miss it. The queues at the venue can naturally be very long in the season and to save standing at the box office, pre-order tickets online.

St. Mark’s Square

Around the church is the central and lively square of the city with its many shops, stalls and restaurants. If you want to catch the quite empty square, arrive late in the evening or very early in the morning. It is important to know that the law in Venice prohibits feeding the square pigeons (which are considered a problem that the city has been trying to solve for many years) and in the worst case you will be fined for it. In the best case, one of the locals will wake you up in fluent Italian.

Museum of the Academy (Museo dell’Academia)

On the opposite bank of San Marco stands the “Museum of the Academy” gallery, which displays a rare and huge collection of paintings by Venetian artists from the 13th to the 18th century.

Grand Canal (Canal Grande)

The main street of Venice located in the Cangero district is home to the magnificent palaces Ca’ d’ oro, palazzo Barbaro and palazzo Giustinian built in a typical and impressive Gothic style. In addition, here is the main and large canal of the city, which reveals the colorful and special houses that are reserved only for the world’s rich and the respectable amount of gondolas, the main Huaporto artery and of course the charming Rialto bridge for viewing the sparkling water. Don’t miss Rialto at sunset!

Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

A unique palace from the ninth century that finished its construction only hundreds of years later and served as the home of the rulers of Venice, the respected city judges and the place of the city’s treasures. The palace can be toured in a guided manner over several different types of tours.

Bridge of sighs

The most popular location in the city for filming was once used to transport prisoners from the court to the prison, hence its name. The Bridge of Sighs is a beautiful and impressive place to admire, walk around the souvenir shops, eat (only if you come with a respectable budget) and of course catch a gondola.

Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli

This church is one of the most beautiful churches in the city, designed in its facade using impressive marble, which according to legend remains from the building of San Marco. The entrance is one of the monuments most associated with the Renaissance period in the city.

The Jewish Ghetto in Venice (Ghetto Ebraico di Venezia)

The Jews and the Venetians have an ancient and close relationship. The area called the Jewish Ghetto has been used as the residence of the Jews of Venice since the 16th century and there you will find magnificent synagogues and high-rise buildings in a way less typical of the city itself, due to the high density of the ghetto.

Cafe Florian (Caffe Florian)

Have you always wanted to know who was the first Italian to introduce coffee culture to the masses? Here is the answer: Cafe Florian is the first cafe in all of Italy. It’s worth coming to be intrigued, but know that for each glass you pay here over 7 euros.

Contarini del Bovolo Palace (Scala Contarinidel Bovolo)

Close (relatively) to the Rialto Bridge, there is a cool and very attractive spiral staircase for photographers. Many do not know the place and to get there follow the yellow signs towards the Academy from the foot of the Rialto Bridge. Once you reach the Campo Manin square, look for a small sign pointing to the stairs. The ascent is steep and arduous, but at the end an incredible view of the entire city awaits you.

The islands of Venice

Since time immemorial, Venice has functioned as a rich commercial center that includes workshops and historical cultural centers that shed additional light on the Italy of the past. The Venetian islands are a recommended little adventure and if you are in town for a few days you should visit them.

Murano

The island includes a huge amount of glass volumes and shops selling the produce. Arrival by vaporetto takes about 20 minutes.

Burano

Here are the many lace makers as well as the colorful Mediterranean construction from the postcards. Arrival by vaporetto takes about 45 minutes.

Torcello

The northern island of the Venetian islands can be reached from Borano by the ACTV ferry (line T) that departs every half hour. There are only ten inhabitants left on the island (!) Here there is a bridge that according to belief was built by the devil (ponte del Diavolo) and it is highly recommended to visit it as well as to absorb the local medieval atmosphere that arouses the curiosity of the crowds of tourists. In the town are also the Italian throne and the Palazzo del Consiglio, which housed the rulers of the place in the past and became a unique museum for the treasures of the island.

Lido

The largest in the Venetian Islands and the only one that includes its own internal transportation system, including taxis and cars. Next to it is a lively and famous island endowed with a liberating atmosphere of freedom and wonderful sandy beaches. The Venice Film Festival is also held here every year.

San Michele

On this island is the municipal cemetery that was established somewhere in the 19th century and is divided into Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic.

San Giorgio Maggiore

The island lies in front of St. Mark’s Square and offers a special cathedral that showcases several original paintings by the artist Tintoretto, including “The Fall of Haman” and “The Last Supper.” This church also has a bell tower and for you it can replace that of San Marco. The queues here are much shorter, the view is no less impressive and the price is cheaper – only 5 euros.

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Venice car rental

Except for a few very specific places, Venice does not include access to vehicles at all. Therefore naturally the need for a car here will characterize only the travelers who come for a single day trip, or those who continue within a few days to other destinations in the region and stay around the city. If your trip starts in Venice, it is recommended to rent a car at the airport and park it in one of the parking lots outside the city. If you need the car after the trip in Venice, rent it only at this stage.

 

 

 

Flights to Venice

The airport of Venice is Marco Polo (Aeroporto di Venezia-Tessera Marco Polo – VCE) and companies such as El Al, Alitalia, Lopatenza, Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and the successful low-cost carrier Rainier, Wise Air, Lottery, Pegasus and many more regularly land there Companies from Tel Aviv or the connection destinations in the tourist season.

There are relatively few regular flights from Israel to Marco Polo, so usually the arrival will be made with a stopover in Rome or another destination according to the company you are flying with. The duration of the flight to Rome is about three hours and then about another 50 minutes to Venice. If you are flying to Venice at low cost on a winter date, you should know that January is the cheapest month of the year. In preparation for the annual mask festival in February, prices rise, and starting in March they gradually climb up, until the most expensive peak of the year in August.

When should you fly to Venice?

July-August is considered the peak of the season, but you should carefully consider the high heat and humidity in relation to the urban density and the fact that most businesses and hotels are not air-conditioned. Therefore, the more recommended time (also in terms of prices) is May-June or September-October, when April and November are also definitely considered.

Those of you who wish to benefit from a minority of tourists and the cheapest prices will be able to get them in the winter, but you should carefully check the expected precipitation before traveling, because the city may be flooded and shut down from activity even in its central sites. If possible, book seats only based on the 90th minute forecast.

If you still want to not miss some of the biggest events of the city, fly here in August to experience the “Maria Day” (15.8) which includes a kind of “mini carnival of masks”, the film festival at the end of August and the traditional costume cruise on the Canal Grande on 1.9 .

The annual masked carnival of Venice takes place every year in the month of February. You must equip yourself with masks and costumes if you want to enjoy entry to the many concerts, balls and parties in the city.

The flights in mid-July will be able to participate in the Redentura celebrations – the Venetian fireworks festival. This is a holiday that marks the end of the great plague that lasted for about 400 years.

And the bottom line – the best time to fly to Venice depends on the type of traveler you are and especially within your budget. Think carefully about the nature of the trip you want, the expectations of the destination and the season, the need for a car and the time frame of the stay in the city. Venice is a dream destination that can turn into a nightmare if you compromise on things that are important to you personally, so it is recommended to come at a time when your soul is sending you, less than your wallet.

In conclusion, Venice is no longer an ordinary city in the world, due to its history, art and, of course, transcendence from the lists. The place is considered one of the most romantic places on earth, so if you also want to see this beauty, why postpone the matter? In Venice you can easily travel independently, because even if you do not define in advance what you want to see and in what order, you will simply arrive at the desired places and pass between them with pleasure. There are quite a few interesting concerts that take place in the various churches and to all of this add the Italian that, despite the many tourists, you hear on the streets, it is a kind of paradise.

Venice, the city of canals, is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and wandering through it is very enjoyable in itself. It is worth spending enough time to get an impression of the rare city. You can use the guides on the website to plan your schedule in Venice.

As a city where almost the only means of transportation to move from place to place is the gondola, it is understandable that entering the city with a car is problematic. Despite this, those traveling in the area have the option of renting a car. You can read on the website about renting a car in Venice.

The site has a variety of hotels in a wide range of prices, some of the best in Venice. You are welcome to enter the website and find the hotel that suits you.

The list of attractions in Venice is long and varied, far beyond the canal cruise which is of course a must. You can read about the attractions in Venice on the website and plan your trip accordingly.