If you plan to take a longer vacation and go to Venice, then you must learn how to live like a local. Venice can be quite expensive for tourists, but knowing some tips and tricks will definitely help you live on a budget.
First of all, you should know that taking a Venice airport taxi is a good idea when you are in a hurry and willing to pay up to €150 for a ride. Take the bus, which is more affordable and convenient.
Don’t stay in a hotel, no matter how attractive the price might be. Instead, rent an apartment to see how it is to live like a local in Venice. Enroll in a cooking class and learn how to prepare local dishes, with fresh ingredients bought from the market. At the Rialto markets, you can find fresh fruits and vegetables and locally caught seafood.
Don’t take the vaporettos. All the locals walk in Venice, and they walk very fast. Do not be afraid to get lost and explore all the neighborhoods and the narrow streets. It is here where you will find the places where locals eat authentic and fresh food, at low prices. It will take up to one hour to cross the entire island.
The best part is that you do not know what you will find when you turn the next corner. You will see children playing football, balconies adorned with flowers, old people gossiping in front of a house or laundry hanging above the water.
Visit the other islands the Venetian lagoon has to offer. Although the most known is the Murano island, there are also the Burano, Torcello, Mazzorbo or Sant’Erasmo. Take your time to see everything they have to offer, as each of them is unique.
Make new friends and get to know your neighbors. You will see that Venice locals are very friendly and warm. They will give you advice on what to visit and what to do in the city, where to eat local food and where to buy your groceries from.
Living in Venice is a unique experience that will make you understand what makes this city magical. Venice has many hidden gems that you will discover only by doing what locals do. You will soon learn all the secrets of this city and you will never want to leave Venice.