So, there is no purpose in going there, is there?
Well, Venice is not the cheapest place in the world, that's definitely true. But there are ways to go around the expenses. You do not have to stay at the most expensive hotels in the centre of Venice. The farther from the centre, the cheaper, that's the golden rule. But if you wish to feel the kick of experiencing Serenissima at its most, to live in the heart of the city, then you cannot behave like Dickens's Scrooge. It all depends on how much money you can afford. Anyway, your stay in Venezia can be equally satisfying no matter if you are going to live in a palazzo or in a small hotel.
The four-star Carlton and Grand Canal Hotel in Venice, Italy
The five-star Danieli Hotel in Venice was designed in the late 14th century
Gondolas parked on the canal in front of The Cavalletto Hotel, Venice, Italy
The Cavalletto Hotel in Venice has been in service since 1308.
Gondolas on Canale Grande in front of the four-star Monaco Grand Canal Hotel, Venice, Italy
The Serenissima Hotel - the Venetians like to call Venice Serenissima - the most serene
The four-star Rialto Hotel overlooking The Rialto Bridge on Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
The three-star Marconi Hotel next to the Rialto Bridge on Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
What's more, Ponte della Libertà, the dike with its causeway, enables an easy access from nearby Mestre to Venice in no time at all, either by car, bus or train. So it's possible to live in Mestre and experience Venice at a low cost. It's up to you how to take advantage of some advice you can find here.
Ponte della Libertà (the Freedom Bridge) - the causeway from Mestre to Venice - was opened in 1933.
This is only the car and bus part of Ponte della Libertà.
Venice only seems to be that small. Believe it or not, you can really get lost in the narrow streets and canals, even constantly looking at the map. But do not worry. Very soon you find your way back as the signposts of landmarks like Piazza San Marco or the Rialto Bridge are marked distinctly on the walls of the buildings you pass by every now and then.
A signpost directing to San Marco, Venice, Italy
Signposts near Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
Signposts directing to San Marco and The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
Besides, if you decide to explore Venice fully, it's absolutely necessary to visit the islands of the Lagoon like Murano with its colourful glass,
Murano glass elephants, Venice, Italy
A glass rooster from Murano near Venice, Italy
Burano with lace and fabulously painted buildings,
Lace, serviettes and a mask from Burano near, Venice, Italy
You can also find lace fans and small decorational pictures made of lace there
Colourful buildings at a canal in Burano, Venice, Italy
When you spend some time surrounded by the colourful houses in Burano you feel like in a fairy tale.
Attila's throne in Torcello near Venice, Italy
They say that if you sit in the Attila's stone throne you will get married soon.
Lido beach, Venice, Italy
Lido beach shells, Venice, Italy
Lido is so close to Venice and yet so far from it as far as the atmosphere is concerned.
And then Venice will turn out to be not so small after all.
Venice is crowded. But not everywhere and not all the time. If you want to leave the crowds behind, just move a bit away from the historic centre. You are sure to find almost desolate places even in alta stagione (high season).
An empty piazza with a tower and a well, Venice, Italy
The further you get from the historic centre of Venice, the more places like that one you can find.
An empty street - view from a bridge, Venice, Italy
A canal, a bridge and a church, Venice, Italy
And even the places which normally are greatly occupied by tourists get less and less crowded in the late afternoon and in the evening.
The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Piazzetta San Marco at night, Venice, Italy
The Doge's Palace with virtually no one in view? Definitely possible.
Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) at night, Venice, Italy
Experience the atmosphere of Piazza San Marco without its usual buzz (and without pigeons).
Or you can come early in the morning when most of the visitors haven't even woken up yet.
To feel Venice fully is to encounter different smells. But don't be afraid. It doesn't get that bad as to be forced to escape from Serenissima! Sometimes you don't feel anything unpleasant at all, and the worst odours happen when the water is low and it's hot. But even then it's quite bearable. Just take it as one of the vast amount of aspects of Venice, one thing that makes it different from all the other cities.
Building entrances in the water of a canal, Venice, Italy
Such a view surprises, at least in the beginning.
A canal with buildings in water, Venice, Italy
The only way to move here is by boat.
The back door restaurant entrance above a canal, Venice, Italy
Luckily, it's not the main restaurant entrance but a delivery door of some sort.
Steps leading to a canal, Venice, Italy
Nothing more natural in the city situated on water.
Venice is full of water. That's definitely true. And that is often the very reason people come there to experience acqua alta (high tide).
Acqua alta (high tide) - temporary walkways near Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
Temporary walkways are quick to assemble.
Acqua alta - temporary walkways near Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
and very convenient when acqua alta comes.
Acqua alta (high tide) in front of Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) at night, Venice, Italy
The water appears like from nowhere ...
Acqua alta (high tide) in front of Basilica di San Marco at night, Venice, Italy
... and quickly makes its way forward.
Acqua alta (high tide) in Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) at night, Venice, Italy
Soon Piazza San Marco looks more like a swimming pool.
Acqua alta (high tide) in Piazzetta San Marco at night, Venice, Italy
The water comes out from the drains, bubbling.
Venice's phenomenon consists in water, canals and buildings standing on piles. That is why it is so unique! That shouldn't be discouraging at all. Just the other way round. It should be the reason that brings you there.
Buildings with balconies above water of Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
And what happens when there is acqua alta?
View from The Rialto Bridge on Canale Grande, Venice, Italy
A view from the Rialto Bridge - you'll never get bored.