7 days in Venice, Italy on a shoestring

May 22nd, 2010, 11:39 AM
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hi heidebraley,

here's another vote for spending all your 7 days in Venice in an apartment. apart from anything else, it's the best way to save money - unless you don't go to Venice at all of course. An apartment will give you the opportunity to shop locally, use the markets, get to know your area and possibly some people in it, though that isn't that easy - and many are no longer native veneziani anyway.

if you want an idea of what you could do in 7 days, Peter has already posted the link to my trip report from the week we spent there 2 years ago. IMHO you should find plenty to fill your time, but if not, i gather that Padua is pretty easy to get there on the train - I've been to venice 4 times but never felt the need to leave the lagoon for a day trip.
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May 22nd, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Hi Heidebraley,
I second (or third or fourth) the idea of staying in an apt for the week. We did and absolutely fell in love with Venice because we weren't rushed.

We roamed the back streets and took daytrips to Murano and Burano. On Burano we visited with a family of fisherman who own a lace shop in town.

We shopped at the Rialto market and cooked most of our meals in the apt. We too were on a budget but managed very nicely. We had one nice dinner out but the rest we cooked in.

SusieKay- my husband thought he died and went to heaven when he found the wine fill up store by our apt. He quickly ran back to our apt and grabbed two 2 liter bottles, washed them out and back to the wine store he went!

I agree with previous posters that you might get a bad taste for Venice if you are only able to spend a short amount of time there. That time will be spent seeing the highlights (as well you should) but you won't have any time to just roam about aimlessly.

Our 7 day trip cost just under $2000 US dollars excluding airfare but including a 7 day vaporetto pass, admissions, food, souvenirs and apt rental

Take care,
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May 22nd, 2010, 05:03 PM
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Could some one please give address details for the wine fill up store?
Thank you.
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May 22nd, 2010, 06:37 PM
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The tiny one we found was in the residential neighborhood near our apartment. I think they are probably tucked away in small corners all around Venice, used primarily by the locals. I can't give you an address- I have no idea where it was-we just walked down a street and walked by it. Two litres of wine from the vats in the store was around 4 E and up, depending on what wine you selected. If you didn't bring a container, they would give you one-once.(empty plastic soda bottles). Ask at a local market, or other non-touristy place.
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May 22nd, 2010, 06:51 PM
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Hi Maudie,
My husband happened upon the wine store while we were doing laundry in Venice and he got bored!

Here is the link to the laundromat we used which is two blocks from the wine store. http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/...anta-croce.htm

When you are facing the laundromat turn left and then go across the first bridge. In a very short distance the wine store is on your left. There is a newspaper stand to the right of it as the street jogs to the right a bit.

Looking in the front window of the wine store there is a coke machine. I believe it was 2 euros for a 2 liter bottle of wine. It is unfiltered but good nonetheless.

Have fun,
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May 23rd, 2010, 02:51 AM
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Excellent, two for the price of one! Now I know where the Laundromat is AND the wine store. Thank you for the detailed instructions to get there too. 2 to 4 euros, goodness, what a bargain. Hubby will be pleased.

Thanks again.
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May 23rd, 2010, 03:17 AM
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Since lately we have been staying at the Hotel American in Dursodoro, I haven't been to it in a couple of trips to Venice, but there used to be a fill-your-own wine store on the side street beside the Su Ve grocery store on Salizda San Lio between San Marco and Rialto. I am staying back at the Al Piave this year which is near there, and I am counting on it!
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May 23rd, 2010, 11:40 AM
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it looks as if there are quite a lot of these bring your own bottle wine stores in venice. I know of two - the one round the corner from the public toilets at the northern [rialto] end of campo san bartolomeo - and the one along the strada nuova [can't tell you haow far long, but it's on the northern side]. THe one near the rialto will provide you with bottles but you might like to take your own nevertheless.

they are one of the few bargains to be had there - why this take out wine should be so cheap when virtally everything else is so expensive I have no idea.

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May 23rd, 2010, 02:24 PM
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I bought a bottle of wine at a small shop around the corner from my hotel. I just stumbled upon it. It wasn't 'fill my own' just bought a regular bottle, but it was inexpensive and the people very nice. I was pointing to a white on the shelf, but the gentleman running the store offered me one similar priced, but that was cold in the back, and opened it for me! This was upon 1st arrival when I was waiting for my hotel room. Nice welcome.
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May 23rd, 2010, 03:33 PM
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Just wat t say i love Venice its one of my favorite places in Europe.I could send two weeks thereJust wonderin around the back streets.They also hae a cancino ( be sure you have your pasport with you if you go there)We took a boat over and walked back on the way back we enjoyed some local music in some of the off the beaten path resturants.really awsome.
We stayed at a B&b called Corte Campana eally nice big rooms you have to share a bath .I included breakfast which was much but ok.No elevator but Riccardo was very helpful carring or luggage up.Don't remember the price but we were on a tight buget so i know it didn't break the bank.Not having a sit down meal every meal helped to .sandwitches or really good and the take out pizza.
Brano was short trip away well worth seeing
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May 23rd, 2010, 03:34 PM
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Apologies on hijacking this thread which as now turned into a discussion on wine shops in Venice.

Sounds like there are plenty of choices, we will just have to try as many as we can then, all in the name of research of course. We might be be able to eat or do much of anything else but at least I know we can sit in our little apartment and enjoy a view of the Grand canal and sample the vino. Thanks everyone.
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May 23rd, 2010, 03:43 PM
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There’s a “Take Out” wine shop in Campo Margherita in Dorsoduro. On the left hand side as you walk north from Campo Margherita towards Santa Croce.

Supermarkets (Billa and Punto) have cheap wine too. Drinkable at about 4 Euro a bottle. Italian wine mostly has corks, so a cork screw is a handy thing to pack.
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May 24th, 2010, 12:43 AM
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Hi Peter,
Corkscrew - never leave home without it! That's good to know about the supermarkets as well. Goodness, we will have to dry out when we leave.
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May 24th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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Only you can decide if 7 days is too much or not enough. For me planning the trip is almost as fun as the trip itself. I suggest the following two books (both quite different "voice") that I found very helpful in planning my second visit to Venice a 5 day excursion:
1. Venice for Pleasure 2008 edition by J G Links a different approach to walks through Venice.
2.Touring Club of Italy, Venice. This may be out of print but well worth the effort to find.

Enjoy the planning and the trip,

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May 24th, 2010, 03:55 PM
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I just read "Venice for Pleasure" by Links, and enjoyed it. The language is a bit twee, but it contains great information, and lots of great pictures too - many of which you won't see in any gallery.

"Venice" by Jan Morris is good too - not a guide book as such, but a great read. Lots of quirky information.
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May 25th, 2010, 02:32 PM
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Peter - I loved the Links book. The format is not very user-friendly, unless you copy it wholesale or pull it to bits, but the content is excellent.

unfortunately, I find Morris's style a little difficult, but I'm sure that's me, not the author.
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May 25th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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Anne, Morris is interesting, - her style changed significantly half way through the writing of the British Empire trilogy - the change is style corresponding with her gender reassignmant. It seemed to become more personal and feminine.

Link's wife wrote a biography of Ruskin - so Links was pretty well informed there.
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May 26th, 2010, 02:17 PM
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Your question about flying into Venice Airport is a good one. For me living in the Seattle USA, it is less expensive for me to fly to Newark NJ and get a direct flight into Milan Malpensa airport than to fly to Venice from Seattle via CDG PAris. The train from Milan is quite easy to get and a good way to not have to deal with the jet lag too much. This scenario is less expensive for me too. Going back to fly out of MCO is not an issue for me either. Should you fly directly to Marco Polo Airport Venice, you will have several good options to get to Venice, from Watertaxi (most expensive) to AVTO bus from the airport to Piazalle ROma and Vaparetto to the closest stop to your hotel or appt. I believe the ATVO bus is E3 per person.
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May 26th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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You have been given lots of good ideas for Venice which should help you a lot. Though it is INDEED a Magical city, it's interesting that you would would choose Venice for your husband's FIRST trip to Europe. It is full of wonder and history,,,but to me is not typical Europe. Worth a day or two and perhaps consider half the week in other Italian places....Lake Como etc, Sienna(Tuscany), Sorrento(Capri,Amalfi), Verona, even Florence.
Just a thought~~~~but there is so much more to Italy....though perhaps you are ones who like to stay put, and that is fine also. Also, as others have said,,,it seems that Venice isn't too Budget friendly, for the most part.
(May is a great time to travel)
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May 26th, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Venice has been called "the salon of Europe" --- by a European. It may not be "typical Europe" to somebody like you, but I assure, it is not only typically Europe, it is essentially Europe.


I hope you will ignore all these pleas that you shorten your time in Venice to go to touristy resorts. You are lucky, your husband is lucky, and your lack of dough will not impede on your fascinating journey to one of the greatest EUROPEAN CITIES ever created on planet earth.

These links might help you:






Have a wonderful extended stay in a place that is truly worth all the time you invest in it.
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