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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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Art masterpieces for free… at church!

If you can pull your gaze from the winding canals and floating gondolas, you’ll find there’s plenty of art to see in Venice. Many of the Italian masters, including Titian, Tintoretto, and Giorgione, have artwork on display around the city. While the biggest museums, such as the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Ca’ d’Oro charge anywhere from » Read more

Venice tip: Cheapo cruises

As befits a city of canals, Venice has a variety of cruising aptitudes. While a trip aboard a traditional Venetian gondola will empty your wallet faster than you can say, “Ciao bello!”, other watercrafts cost much less. Here, how to find the Cheapo ways to float your boat! For everyday exploring: A 60-minute or 12-hour tour- » Read more

Venice: Five free things to do

Venice: Five free things to do

Venice, city of gondolas and canals, can get expensive. Thankfully, however, it need not break your budget. Here are five free things to do in Venice: Hang out in Piazza San Marco. While we don’t recommend Cheapos splurge for the touristy restaurants and cafés lining San Marco’s square, we do think that parking yourself just outside the » Read more

Venice: Day Trip Suggestion

Venice: Day Trip Suggestion

The islands surrounding Venice are a godsend for travelers wanting to veer off the well-beaten Venetian path. Pack a picnic basket lunch and head over to the nearly deserted lagoon island of Torcello to relive Katharine Hepburn’s romantic picnic in the 1955 movie Summertime. You’ll get lost in Torcello’s tranquil haven of enchanting rose gardens » Read more

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