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Cheap areas to stay in Venice

Italy’s most romantic city may have a reputation as a pricey place to stay, but there are actually plenty of hotels to fit even the most limited budgets. The trick is to look beyond the bustling, tourist-heavy core of San Marco. Try Cannaregio instead – this northern district has a serene atmosphere, with quiet canals and bars where locals still gather. Dorsoduro is another area with cheap hotels, and is noted for its artsy, bohemian vibe. If you do want the big landmarks on your doorstep, try one of the budget-friendly pads in San Polo.

Cheap hotels in Venice

The Eurostars Residenza Cannaregio Hotel may be on the cheaper side of things, but it has historic appeal, being set within a former monastery. Here, you can expect comfortable, smartly turned out guestrooms and a convenient location in relaxed Cannaregio. Hotel Il Moro di Venezia is just a short stroll from Venice’s main train station, and offers reliable, smart accommodation that won’t cost the earth. A particular revelation is the Palazzo Contarini Porta di Ferro, which boasts ornate carpets, wood furnishings, and Gothic architecture, all at a surprisingly low price-tag.

Where to find cheap food in Venice

If you really want to eat well without breaking the bank in Venice, it pays to scoff like a local. That means heading to some of the many traditional cicchetti bars dotted throughout San Marco, San Polo, and other districts. These long-standing eateries offer delicious little snacks, like saltcod on fresh bread, spicy pork meatballs, cured meats, and baby octopus, which are served up tapas-style to patrons as they stand, quaff wine, and exchange gossip. It’s the perfect way to both eat relatively cheaply and immerse yourself in Venetian life.

Cheap things to do in Venice

Completely free to enter, St Mark’s Basilica is the Byzantine wonder that has bewitched visitors across the years. Garlanded with Medieval sculptures like the Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs, emblazoned with gold mosaics, and topped by turrets and domes, it’s a must-see that feeds the imagination. Another great Venetian institution is the Rialto market, where you can wander amid heaps of gleamingly fresh seafood and mountains of local vegetables, soaking up the bustle of a market that’s as much a part of Venice as the canals themselves. Later, why not take a waterbus over to Murano? This neighboring island is filled with shops selling ornate, kaleidoscopically colorful glassworks of every description, along with glass-blowing workshops where you can see the master artisans at work. Be sure to also visit the Venetian Ghetto, the historic Jewish quarter which offers a respite from the crowds elsewhere.

Best ways to get around Venice

The good news is you won’t have to spend much money exploring Venice, because almost all of your time will be spent on foot. In fact, wandering the winding streets, discovering little bridges, and following tranquil canals is all part of the Venetian experience. If you do need to cross to other islands, you’ll find the waterbuses, or vaporetti, are very reasonably priced, while the traghetti gondolas of the Grand Canal offer a cheap way to cross that iconic body of water.

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