Venice is one of the top destinations in the world and it’s no wonder why. The Grand Canal, Lido and of course the Piazza San Marco are just a few of the city’s many treasures. Not to mention the delicious local cuisine, it’s no secret that Venice should be on your must-see list of cities during your time in Europe.
Our INSIDR guide has the best local tips on what to do, where to stay and how to get around the city. Depending on your travel plans, make sure to check out our two and three day itineraries as well as the best day trips outside of Venice.
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Tipping in Venice
Venice is home to so many delicious restaurants, you’ll definitely have a hard time choosing what to eat. From Cicchetti, the perfect Venetian snack to baccala mantecato (fish antipasto), foodies will be in heaven.
To fully enjoy eating your way through the city, you’ll need to know what the local tipping custom is. The “coperto”, or service fee, is automatically added to the bill in Venice. You don’t need to leave an extra tip. People do sometimes leave their change. If the service is particularly good, you can decide to leave something extra, but it’s by no means mandatory or expected.
During your time in Venice, you’ll need to dial the Italian country code (39) before calling a local Italian number. Should you need to contact emergency services, call 115 for the fire department or 118 for medical help. There is also a centralized European number, 112, that you can call from any country in Europe.
SIM Card & Wifi in Venice
Some of the major phone providers in Italy include Vodafone, Win and TIM. We definitely recommend renting or buying a local cell phone during your Venice travel. Not only will you avoid paying outrageous roaming charges, you’ll be able to take advantage of local apps and load electronic travel cards on your phone. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Venice Travel Pass
Venice has a truly unique public transportation network. The Vaporetto, or Water Bus, is the most common and cost-efficient way to get around. Be careful though, as tourist are often over charged for the Vaporetto. The cheapest way to travel around the city is with an ACTV tourist travel card. The card is valid for one to seven days and can be used on all ACTV water and land buses.
Post Box in Venice
You can purchase stamps at multiple locations throughout Venice. The easiest is probably to stop by one of the many tobacco shops, or “tabacchi”. The stores have a white and brown T sign outside. You can also buy stamps from the local newsstands. There is of course also the post office, but hours can be difficult and lines are often long!
The bright red Italian post boxes can be found all around the city.