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Day 9 - Venice

If you want to avoid the high hotel prices of Venice, a good tip is to stay in Verona instead and take the excellent train service into Venice. Trains depart regularly from Verona Porta Nuova and take about one hour and 15 minutes. Prices are reasonable too... around 11 Euros one way. Venezia S. Lucia station gives you access to the very heart of the city and is an excellent place to start exploring the city.

Our next best travel advice for visiting Venice would be to NOT try and do everything. If you only have a day there, it would be better to prioritise just three or four things you really want to see or do. For us, a big part of the whole Venice experience is taking the time to drink in the atmosphere and ambience of this ancient city. In doing this, you will more than likely find that something completely off the beaten track becomes you most lasting memory... perhaps a tiny bridge over a backstreet canal or a cold beer drunk at a pokey bar (bacari) filled with wizened Venetian locals.

Alternatively, if you want the most expensive beer in Europe... go to any of the grand tourist cafes and restaurants that surround St Mark's Square and a smartly dressed waiter will offer you a bottled lager for 15 Euros. He won't even blink either!

Away from St Marks, do be sure to stop and enjoy some lunch... essential now you are in Italy. Try some local cicchetti (snacks or hors d’oevres)... basically the Venetian equivalent of Spanish tapas. And why not wash your meal down with an ombra (a small glass of a simple Italian wine) and watch the world go by on this floating island city of the Adriatic.

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