What's the best way to experience Venice, Italy, on a budget? Help!
I went twice to Venice, the first time with my car, the second by plane. Both ways are very easy, but i would say that the car solution is more expensive (parking price...)
You should buy the 1week ticket for vaporettos (boats) its cheaper than to take one everytime.
You will find a Yha Ostello Venezia on the Guidecca Island. This part of the city is very nice. Close from the place St marco, but also on a quiet island (which is nice is Venice), moreover the only "cheap" supermarket is on that island.
Instead of staying in a hotel, rent a house on Airbnb or a vacation rentals site. I'd advise staying in Venice proper, but in a non-touristy neighborhood like Castello. That way, you can walk everywhere (save on transportation), but still save a little money. If your rental has a kitchen, you can save by shopping at the grocery store - as a student in Venice, I lived on pasta, salads, coffee shop sandwiches and pizza by the slice in Campo Santa Margherita. Buy a Chorus Pass if you're planning on going to see multiple churches. And if you plan on taking the vaporetto a lot, buy a travel card instead of individual tickets - for the cost of about eight rides, you can get an unlimited week for 60€.
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In Venice, If you travel between November and January city is cheap.
Autumn in Venice is good, is not cold the temperature is around 13°C 15°C... City is walkable and safe, i'm Venetian and trust me Vaporetto is necessary only for visiting Islands like Murano Burano and Torcello with a daily pass. In Venice is amazing to get lost, each palace and all the
The city is full of trattoria, bar and typical restaurants, obviusly have a look to the menu and pricelist or why not ask to a Venetian... Try the ROSTICCERIA that is like a fast food with 3 Euro you can eat a Mozzarella in carrozza (two pieces of bread fried with mozzarella and ham) and a good glas of wine or a TRAMEZZINO (sandwich with white bread with mayo tuna-fish or ham and mushrooms etc..). Try here Rosticceria San Bartolomeo.
You can budget out how much you want to spend per day. Some great ways to save money is to grocery shop and have picnics somewhere pretty for breakfast and lunch. Italy has great food at their open markets as well where you can buy fresh produce and baked goods.