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Feb
29

Cheap Flights To Venice-No Joke!

springtime in venice

springtime in venice

The problem with Venice has always been the crowds.  The Venetians would agree, few that there are nowadays. The solution has been to book your flights to Venice in the winter-I went once on Halloween and was blown away by the atmosphere of the city with rolling fog, crisp mornings and few people. Problem is it’s often too cold to really enjoy.

stormy venice

stormy venice

When its warm and beautiful, the city of course turns into Disneyland, with more crowds than canals, more ships, water taxis and hiked prices- who needs it?

You have to turn the tables and go to Venice not as a tourist but as a local.  You will eat better, spend way less money, avoid crowds, and really experience the city.

Here’s how you do it:

Arriving:

water taxi

water taxi

Water taxis yes, gondolas no.

Once you get off your cheap flight to Venice, within minutes of landing at Marco Polo airport you can be zipping across the lagoon on a water taxi. Ten minutes later you’re on the Grand Canal and slipping beneath the Rialto Bridge. A Venice water taxi is such a blast and at €90 one way for up to three people or €100 for four to six) it’s not cheap but it drops you straight where you want to go. And it’s worth the splurge, you get to feel like Angelina Jolie for 20 minutes.

apartment

apartment

Forget the Hotel… Go Apartment

venice gardens

venice gardens

After you book that flight to venice, book an apartment. Given that the nightlife in Venice isn’t particularly memorable and you’ll feel pretty exhausted from all that walking, it’s really great having a gorgeous, spacious pad to hang out in at night and in the morning. Check out Venetian Apartments (venice-rentals.com) with more than 80 beautiful properties to rent all over the city. There’s Altana, a stylish studio apartment with a rooftop terrace in Dorsoduro; or Giudecca Mare Riva, a new, one-bedroom designer pad with a communal courtyard, two terraces and its own a private jetty, perched on the lagoon. Studios start at €695 for four nights or €895 a week, and one-bedrooms start at €760/€910.

roof top terace

roof top terrace

Avoid Tourist Restaurants:

Rialto Fish Market

Rialto Fish Market

Staying in gives you the perfect excuse to shop like a local. Just a minute away from the tourist bottle neck of the Rialto Bridge is the brilliant food market of the same name, in front of the small church of San Giacomo di Rialto (the city’s first church, founded in 421AD). All of Venice comes here to buy its fruit, veg, meat and, most famously, seafood. There are baby octopus, giant prawns, soft-shell crabs and fish straight out of the lagoon or from as far away as Asia. Veggies include purple baby artichokes and white asparagus, plus more than half a dozen types of mushroom. We spent one morning shopping and cooked it all up in the apartment that evening.

bacaro finger foods

bacaro finger foods

If you want to eat locally without having to pay high tourist prices, try heading to a bacaro, a Venetian bar, like All’Arco (Calle Arco, San Polo 436), where you choose what you want from display cases and stand and eat side by side with other Venetians. Just remember not so sit down, especially if a seat is offered as the unexpecting tourist will be charged more than double if they are seated when they eat!

Forget La Fenice:

intimate opera

intimate opera

Hit Musica a Palazzo instead (musicapalazzo.com, tickets €50). Like a secret supper club with opera, in a fading historic palazzo down a blind alley just off the Grand Canal. Want to score points? See La Traviata by candlelight. There are only three singers and a quartet of musicians, and only around 100 people in the audience. Each of the three acts takes place in a different room, the audience following the performers from set to set. Imagine the evening.

st. marks

st. marks

Wander:

Most people book cheap flights to venice for the art alone. Venice has more than its fair share of world-class churches, squares and museums, and though St Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace are a must-see, go for, it, get lost a little. Yes, that’s right, disappear in the labyrinth of medieval alleyways and canals, a small square here, another beautiful bridge there, a bacaro over there.

dorsoduro

dorsoduro

Dorsoduro, the  southern leg of the city that feels more like a village the further east you venture, is another great neighborhood. At night the campo Santa Margherita is full of students and lively cheap bars – by Venetian standards it rocks –it’s  the perfect spot for a few beers.

The View:

view from the tower San Giorgio Maggiore

view from the tower San Giorgio Maggiore

From the campanile of the San Giorgio Maggiore, there is a sweeping view of the city, taking in St Mark’s and its more famous campanile across the lagoon.  San Giorgio Maggiore is only one vaporetto stop from the Cipriani and no one should miss having a bellini at Venice’s most exclusive hotel, at the eastern end of the Giudecca island. The gardens are beautifully quiet and understated, the huge pool has a film-set quality to it. It’s worth the flight to Venice, just this.

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