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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 95%History Buffs
- 90%Local Culture
- 72%Luxury Travelers
- 65%Family Travelers
- 57%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (590)
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Feb 28, 2014
I've already been to Venice like a hundred times, but still it doesn't get old or boring. Not at all. Venice is such a beautiful city! Unfortunately it's very crowded with tourists, but you also can stroll through all the tiny alleys with their small canals and bridges, where it's more quiet.
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Feb 27, 2014
Venice is unlike anything you have ever seen. Stay away from the tourist restaurants. Eat where the locals eat. Put your walking shoes on and just explore. Avoid the hot summer where the smell is at its highest.
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 06, 2014
Venice is quite a remarkable city. It's absolutely gorgeous. It's one of those cities where it's almost impossible to take a bad picture. Beyond its beauty, Venice is also a fascinating city to explore. I love getting lost in narrow streets of Venice and trying to figure out where to go. There's nothing quite like it. The city also has a very rich history. There are also a lot of great art museums in the city. Really, there's so much to explore there.
Try the local seppia/cuttlefish dishes. They're quite amazing. But remember, like many very touristy cities, the best restaurants in Venice are the ones tucked away in alleys you wouldn't normally think to explore.
It is kind of a pity though that the heavy traffic of tourism and the influx of cruise ships is taking a toll on the city and local environment.
- VeniceMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Dec 20, 2013
The best part of Venice? not the gondola rides, not the water taxis, not really even the architecture (although that's up for debate), but getting lost in its maze of alleys and corridors…and then finding yourself in an amazing unknown courtyard.
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 27, 2013
It might be a bit of a stretch in ten days, but Venice is one of the most unique places on earth. You could train there from Florence or Rome easily enough. If you want a cheap place to stay, you might want to try Craigslist. Also, when you're in Rome you can frequently find apartments in which to stay at Termini train station. People with rooms to rent wait for tourists to come to town.
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Nov 26, 2013
I didn't get to go to Tuscany, but I did a tour and spend 2.5 days each in Venice, Rome and Florence. All three are different and AMAZING, but Venice was the most unique and my fav city in the world. Florence is all full of art and culture and fashion. Rome is the obvious history, gladiators, half vintage half modern. I say all 3 are musts. Milan I heard had the beautiful Duomo and fashion.
- VeniceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 07, 2013
Venice is magical. Postcard perfect bridges span the serene canals, lined with gorgeous and historic buildings. The architecture is unique in Italy due to the Byzantine influence on the city. Great museums and restaurants, and don't miss the gelato!
- VeniceOct 23, 2013
I only spent a day there, and maybe don't need to spend more time, but that one day was pretty spectacular. It was November, just after the Biennale, so relatively quiet, and we just wandered around and got lost, and took the ferries out to the various islands. I'm honestly not sure what else we would have done--it is fundamentally a tiny place to see. I think the only way I'd go back would be if it were deep winter and empty and moody.
- VeniceOct 16, 2013
A unique city-break experience. There really isn't anywhere that is quite like Venice. We stayed in private rented accommodation in the San Toma sestiere, and really enjoyed the experience, particularly the calm before and after the day-tourist hordes arrived. The prices everywhere were very high, presumably due to the costs of transporting goods across from the mainland.
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Aliases: Venise, Venezia, UNESCO Venice and its Lagoon