The second instalment to the Venetian exploration over a cold weekend in the floating city. I thought I would share a couple of tips on exploring Venice without breaking the bank.
1. Use Waterbuses - Venice offers the option of taxis and vapaortetto - waterbuses. Taxis can be can be quite expensive and more so if you intend on using them as your main transportation. Waterbuses offer an inexpensive way to get around the city. Tip: Before you arrive in Venice download AVM Venezia official app(Android & iTunes). You can buy your tickets and have them to hand on your phone. You can buy 1, 2, 3 and 7-day tickets as well as buying tickets for 75 minutes for the waterbuses at 7.50 Euros. These work in a similar way as London's Oyster or Hong Kong's Octopus but use a barcode that you scan just before boarding the waterbus on the machines at the entrances of the stops. You can also buy multiple tickets on the apps you don't have to download several apps on other phones if travelling with others. We used my boyfriend's app to buy both our tickets, which meant we already had tickets from the moment we arrived as well as the occasion taxi. I will share tips on how to save money on the taxis in the next Venice post.
2. Explore on Foot - After your initial arrival into Venice, you have the option of getting around by the waterbuses or seeing Venice on foot. I have found opting for exploring on foot way better. You will see more of Venice than you will on the waterbuses. Venice is inter-connected by hundreds of bridges so this means you can see all those beautiful little gems hidden within the floating city that only your feet can get as some of the waterways are too narrow for the waterbuses. The only other mode of transportation that gets around these narrow waterways are Gondolas and smaller boats. That in itself would be a costly way to explore this small city via Gondola. So put on a comfortable pair of shoes, put the map away and let Venice reveal itself to you.