Venice, our second last stop of our Eurotrip. It’s exactly how I imagined it and even more romantic than the movies make it out to be. I’d definitely recommend this for honeymoons or for a really (expensive) romantic getaway with your lover. But before you get too caught up in the city of lust, there are a few things that you should consider before your trip. Below I’ve listed some of my tips for travelling to Venice.
Tips for visiting Venice:
Buy a Vaporetto water pass:
This will be the best ten Euros you will spend in Venice, even if it is just for a day trip.
City tax on Airbnb and hotels:
Keep some euros aside for the city tax upon checking in if not yet deducted. Each person staying is required to pay city tax per night. I think ours were about €1 per person per night, but I know it can go up to €3.50.
There are two ways of getting rid of your trash in Venice:
Take your trash bags between 6:30 and 8:30 am from Monday to Friday (Sunday and holidays excluded) to the trash boats located on certain streets.
Wait for the trash men to buzz your building between 8:30 am and 12:00 (noon) to collect the trash.
Don’t go for Gondola rides after 7pm:
a 40-minute gondola ride costs €80 for a maximum of 6 people and after 7pm, €100. If you’re wanting to capture that Instagram-ready gondola ride pic, I suggest going between 5.30-6.30pm to avoid the sunset que, but still able to get beautiful pics without harsh lighting.
We aimed for sunset, but with all the running around and ques till we finally found one, it was already dark. Although any gondola ride through Venice (a dream come true) doing it in darkness just doesn’t quite feel the same compared to a daytime / early evening cruise where you get to see and absorb all the ancient buildings surrounding Venice.
Feeding the Venetian Pigeons at Piazzo San Marco:
Go before 8am, but watch out for con artists. Piazza San Marco, is the most important and most famous square of the city of Venice and is the iconic place for pigeon photos, especially for those on the gram! I went early with the intention of missing the crowds and hoping to get at least get one cool pic with the pigeons, there was just one thing that I forgot to take with me… food to feed the pigeons!
A young man approached me and gave me a handful or corn kernels and said they were for free to feed the pigeons. Ten thousand photos later and about three handfuls of kernels, the man demanded that I pay him €20 for all of the kernels he gave me. That might not seem like a lot of money, but in South African currency – that’s about R320 for corn kernels!!! We tried to negotiate the price, but he wouldn’t give in and continued to harass us till he eventually found a new lot of tourists to con. I would suggest taking your own bird food with you on your trip to feed the pigeons.
*Disclaimer: When the pigeons come flying at you and diving into your hands to eat the food, its terrifying at first, but you do get used to it. Don’t do this is you have a mild phobia of birds!