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Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

Venice: 3 “pasticcerie” to try for breakfast

When I was asked about where to have a nice typical breakfast in Venice, I was a bit confused. Why? Well, in Italy we do not have breakfast, or at least we do not have breakfast the way other people usually have it. For a Venetian, morning calories are usually consumed in the form of » Read more

Venice Hotels: Cheapo-approved picks with special perks

Venice Hotels: Cheapo-approved picks with special perks

Venice is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. In one afternoon you can enjoy decadent excursions like Island hopping in the Venetian Lagoon, visiting classic art and architecture, and checking out top attractions like San Marco and Rialto Bridge. Unfortunately, the prices for everything from food and ferries to hotels and handbags » Read more

Island Hopping in the Venetian Lagoon

Island Hopping in the Venetian Lagoon

The Venetian lagoon is blessed with a great scatter of islands, some of secular demeanor and others more heavenly in aspiration. Lido di Venezia, once home to many brothels, appeals to instincts of the flesh. Those looking for more spiritual diversions might retreat to Isola di San Francesco del Deserto—a wee fleck on the map » Read more

Venturing to Venice’s Island of the Dead

Venturing to Venice’s Island of the Dead

If you are jostling with the tourist crowds between the Rialto and San Marco, you might hardly credit that there is a corner of Venice which is even more overcrowded. Hop on a vaporetto for the short ride to ‘Cimitero’ to find Igor Stravinsky rubbing shoulders with Sergei Diaghilev. Where else in Venice will you » Read more

Venice: 5 very cheap sleeps (considering it’s, you know, Venice)

Venice: 5 very cheap sleeps (considering it’s, you know, Venice)

For those looking to travel to Venice, Italy, on a budget, one of the largest expenses you’ll have to tackle will be your accommodation. While it’s not always easy to find cheap sleeps in Venice, the city does offer some inexpensive accommodation options that are generally well located, and some even have a canal view! » Read more

Venice: 5 cheap hotels with great locations

Venice: 5 cheap hotels with great locations

Let’s be honest: In the romantic maze that is Venice, there isn’t really a bad location. But then again, a sleep across from St. Mark’s Basilica is pretty hard to beat. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our top picks for best-located hotels in Venice. Whether you want to be steps from Piazza San Marco, or » Read more

Venice: 5 simple ways to save in Venice

Venice: 5 simple ways to save in Venice

By Jessica Spiegel— While Venice is high on the list of most visitors to Italy, it’s also one of the more challenging places to be a Cheapo – no matter how you slice it, this is one expensive city. After spending the bulk of your travel budget on airfare to Italy, which is always more » Read more

Venice: 10 things to do for less than €10

Venice: 10 things to do for less than €10

By Monica Cesarato in Venice— Venice, as everybody well knows, is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Europe. Hotels, restaurants and gondola rides can quickly and adversely affect your budget. So we decided to list 10 favorite activities that Venice offers for under €10. Who says Venice has to be expensive? Let’s » Read more

Venice Campground: 4 places to pitch your tent

Venice Campground: 4 places to pitch your tent

By Monica Cesarato in Venice— The high season is fast approaching in Venice—a city that’s delightful to visit during the spring and summer. High season hotel rates, however, aren’t quite so delightful. One easy way to save money on sleeping is to pitch a tent or rent a bungalow in one of the nearby campgrounds. » Read more

Venice: A Cheapo’s guide to free Carnival events

Venice: A Cheapo’s guide to free Carnival events

By Monica Cesarato in Venice— Ah,  the “Carnivale di Venezia,” an experience that should be had by every traveler at least once. Extravagant costumes, colorful masks, crowds dancing in Piazza San Marco, and special Carnival desserts that bars and cafés display proudly all make it unforgettable, and unique to Venice. What’s better is that many events » Read more

Venice Holiday Events: Markets, Glass Christmas and more

Venice Holiday Events: Markets, Glass Christmas and more

By Monica Cesarato in Venice— Christmas in the lagoon is, in my opinion, a privilege. During the holiday season, Venice is an enchanted and old-fashioned sight, minus the traffic jams and queues at shopping centers that plague most cities at this time of year. With so few tourists walking down the city’s quiet calli (small » Read more

Venice: The best grocery stores, supermarkets, delis and bakeries

Venice: The best grocery stores, supermarkets, delis and bakeries

Have you ever wandered around Venice after realizing that, say, you’ve run out of toothpaste, shampoo or body lotion? It can actually be a bit tricky to locate a supermarket amidst the winding alleys of the old city. Well, even if you haven’t run out of toothpaste, I’m pretty sure that it’s helpful to make » Read more

Venice: Lesser-known museums worth visiting

Venice: Lesser-known museums worth visiting

By Monica Cesarato in Venice— Whenever people visit Venice,  they often visit the city’s best known museums, including the Doge’s Palace, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Palazzo Grassi. However, because of their popularity, these museums are often very crowded and have long lines that can fatigue even the most tireless Cheapo. » Read more

Venice: 5 fun activities for kids in Venice

Venice: 5 fun activities for kids in Venice

Venice is sometimes called “the living museum” and even though I do not agree with the statement, I do realize that it can be a bit, well, “boring” for children. All those old buildings, monuments and crowds of tourists can be a bit daunting for younger visitors. Still, there are many things to do with » Read more

Venice: Where to find delicious, homemade gelato

Venice: Where to find delicious, homemade gelato

Finding the best gelaterias in Venice was undoubtedly some of the best research I’ve done for a blog post! It was hard work, but someone had to do it. Armed with determination (and a few companions), I started my search for good ice cream shops in Venice. When I mean good, I mean places that use real » Read more

Venice: A walk through the Jewish Ghetto

Venice: A walk through the Jewish Ghetto

Whenever I am in Venice, I always try to take a walk through the Jewish Ghetto. I’ve always found this area quite fascinating. It may be its history, it may be that it is always fairly free of tourists, or it may be some other reason. In any case, whenever I am there it just feels right. » Read more

Venice: How to avoid the crowds at the city’s main attractions

Venice: How to avoid the crowds at the city’s main attractions

When people think of Venice, the first three things that usually come to mind are water, gondolas and crowds! Venice is an year ’round-city, with tourists filling the streets 365 days a year (and particularly during the summer). An obvious way to skip the crowds is to visit Venice during the winter, when rain and » Read more

Venice: Five free things to do

Venice: Five free things to do

While there are plenty of cities in Europe with many free museums and attractions to visit, Venice is sadly not one of them. The city’s economy is based on tourism, hence you’ll find that almost everything comes with a price tag attached. Though Venice may seem to be a less than ideal location for the » Read more

Venice Cheap Eats: The best cicheti and spritz in town

Venice Cheap Eats: The best cicheti and spritz in town

Visitors to Venice will likely see their fair share of  “cicheti” (a Venetian version of tapas) and “spritz” (the city’s typical aperitif drink). For those who’ve never heard of them, here’s a little guide to trying cicheti and spritz in Venice. (Note: Although spelled “cicchetti” in Italian, the word in the Venetian dialect is spelled » Read more

Venice: Three budget-friendly restaurants popular with the locals

Venice: Three budget-friendly restaurants popular with the locals

It is true that the average meal in Venice is much more expensive than in the rest of Italy. There is a simple reason for this: All the restaurant supplies have to be carried by hand to each restaurant, therefore increasing the cost of ingredients and supplies by at least 1/3 of normal prices. But, » Read more

Venice: Save on vaporetto tickets with a Tourist Travel Card

Venice: Save on vaporetto tickets with a Tourist Travel Card

Transportation around Venice can be very expensive—and I’m not even talking about using water taxis, which have a pricing system (yikes!) of their own. I am talking about “public transportation,” which in Venice mostly means taking the “vaporetti” (water bus) up and down the Grand Canal. A single trip on a vaporetto costs €6.50, whether you take the boat » Read more

Venice: Postcard from a city under water

Venice: Postcard from a city under water

February 26, 2010: I awoke this morning at 5:55 to the sound of an alarm. It wasn’t my travel alarm clock, however. It was more of a siren, it was moving in the street, and it was loud. Once I remembered that I was in a hotel in Venice, all worries were cast aside. This » Read more

Venice tip: Free glass blowing demonstrations on Murano

Venice tip: Free glass blowing demonstrations on Murano

Glass blowing is hot stuff; photo by dreadpiratejeff In Venice, land of gondolas and Guggenheims (Peggy, that is), glass artisans have always thrived. In fact, the island directly north of the city center, Murano, is known as “Glass Island.” Since the 1200s, Venice’s major talents in the glass industry have set up shop here, first » Read more

Venice cheap souvenir: Pasta!

Venice pasta selection. Photo by Daneen Vol. It’s true, you can buy a bag of pasta just about anywhere. However, purchasing colorful pasta in Venice not only carries the stamp of Italian authenticity, but it offers a cheap and tasty solution to a potentially costly dilemma! Check-out bags of pasta in Venice Pasta’s story goes way back: The » Read more

Venice Crush: Locanda Casa Querini

Locanda Casa Querini Castello 4388 – Campo San Zaninovo Venice, Italy Doubles: €93-197 Venice can be an tricky place to find reasonable accommodations. You dream of a room facing a canal, or at least something with a nice view. And, that will cost you. Thankfully, there are several hotels in our hotel guide to Venice where rooms with a » Read more