Venice on a budget? Yes, you can.

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    There are plenty of things to do in Venice when you are on a budget. Let us put them down in a quick list for you. Hope you’ll find it useful!

    1/Take advantage of the fact that Venice is the greatest pedestrian city in the world and use your legs to discover the city. It’s free.

    The city is small (8 sq2) and highly walkable. In fact, this is the way we commonly move around town. So walking is not only excellent to save money, but it’s also your chance to experience Venice like a local, to observe Venetian life and to see how all districts have their own identity and look.

    2/Eat authentic Venetian finger food and or street food. It will cost you less than fast food and will be much tastier and healthier.

    Venetian gastronomy is unique in the world. It is the results of its history and lifestyle. It is worth tasting and, contrary to what people regularly say you do not need to break the bank for this.
    Cicheti, the Venetian finger foods made daily from fresh raw materials such as fish, meat, and vegetables are must try. It’s around cicheti and a drink that Venetians meet, catch up and bound.
    They are usually eaten with a Prosecco, a Spritz or a small glass of wine called an ombra.
    Considering that a handful of cicheti are generally enough food for most people and that they are sold for 1,50–2
    euros/piece, you have here a very economical and authentic way to eat.
    Also, Prosecco, Spritz and ‘ombre’ are very affordable in Venice. Count 2–4 euros for a glass depending on the place and whether you are sitting or not.
    Street Food such as ‘fritto,’ fried seafood or vegetables are another affordable way to eat, although a little less healthy.
    Local bars and restaurants displaying this sticker have committed to quality, authenticity, and sustainability. They are all locally owned and employ residents.

    3/Visit Churches and ‘Scuole Grandi.’ They are gorgeous, diverse, often free or have a small entry fee

    If you want to absorb some of the various Venetian architecture, spectacular art and influences, besides keeping your eyes open when walking around Venice, we’d recommend visiting churches.
    The most famous St Mark’s Basilica is free to visit for example. However, you might have to queue for a while. There are many churches spread out around the city, and the entry fee is usually low, and the money goes towards their maintenance.
    The ‘Scuole Grandi’ which are gorgeous buildings which used to be confraternity or sodality institutions are also exciting to visit. As for the churches, they are spread around the city, and their entry fee is low. Count around 7 euros per visit.

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    4/ Get high on Venice. Climb on a belltower or rooftop and see Venice from above. You’ll spend 5 euros on average, and it is worth the view.

    If you’d like to get a good look at Venice and its lagoon and take spectacular photos, then a panoramic view is a must see. There are several opportunities to do so, and cost varies from 0 to 5 euros.

    5/ Buy a few meaningful quality souvenirs rather than many cheap tats it’s a better use of your money both for you and the local community

    Finally when looking for souvenirs focus on getting genuine Venetian crafts rather than imported fake masks, glass, etc. The former are not authentic, have often been made by exploited labor and or from material unsafe for your health and create unfair competition to the local business owners who are making genuine crafts.
    You can find a nice handcrafted mask or a simple Murano glass jewel for as low as 30 euros, and these are objects that will last a lifetime, make you proud and support the artists and artisans who are fighting to keep their shop open every day.
    Local shops displaying this sticker have committed to quality, authenticity, and sustainability. They are all locally owned and employ residents.

    6/ To save time and money at the best local shops, bars, and restaurants in Venice get yourself the Venezia Autentica Friends’ Pass for 13 euros.

    By visiting this link, you can buy a digital pass giving you access to a 10% discount in Venice on a minimum expense of 30 euros at the best Venetian local businesses identifiable by the Venezia Autentica logo on their door or window. All are locally owned, employ locals and offer authentic quality sustainable products and services.

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    The way you visit Venice has an impact both on the quality of your experience and on Venice itself.  Chilling, exploring, shopping, eating and drinking where the locals do, can make a huge impact both on the memories you bring home and on the local economy and community.

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