A trip to Venice doesn’t come around all too often, so when you do find yourself with the chance to discover the city of waterways and romance, it always helps to have some Venice-hacks up your sleeve. Avoid the hustle and bustle of peak-afternoon and seek out some of the most authentic venetian experiences that are on offer. Thankfully, we’ve put together just a few of the best Venetian summer tips.

Choose the best time of year

While Venice is beautiful throughout the year, it’s argued that the best time to go there is between September and October. Airport taxi transfers are available for transport to your hotel and you’ll be heading to the Italian city when the weather is warm but mild, and the majority of tourists have dissipated from the town squares and waterways.

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Seek out authentic venetian experiences

When travelling abroad it’s always a good idea to do your research before you get out there. Y’know, seek out some of the best Instagram spots, restaurants and places to get an ice-cream or grab a beer. Once you’ve explored the city by Gondola, head to some of the lesser known haunts on some of the lagoon’s lesser known islands. St Mark’s square will be busy throughout the day, so it’s maybe better to head into the tourist attractions as early or as late as possible, maybe catch the sunset or a beautiful sunrise.

Travel by water taxi

One of the main attractions to the city of Venice is its unique waterways. While gondolas are perhaps the most common method of getting around the streets of Venice, the water taxi is a great way of travelling between the larger bodies of water separating the main islands. Airport taxi transfers are available from your hotel meaning you can find transport relatively cheap and save money on cheaper hotels outside the city rather than the expensive hotels of Giudecca. The main island of San Marco is filled with a hive of activity, restaurants and tourist attractions but the water taxi makes your down time even more relaxing as you rest your head away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Stay outside the main square

While the island of Giudecca is home to some of the most luxurious hotels the city of Venice has to offer, you may find cheaper options in some of Venice’ lesser known islands. As mentioned in the above paragraphs water taxis are reasonably cheap and provide access to many locations around the city, meaning you can spend your evenings relaxing in a more rural setting and your days soaking up the atmosphere in some of Venice’s prime locations such as St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, and Doges Palace.

Take a refillable water bottle

For a city surrounded by water, you may think they’d have their sanitation well and truly boxed off. However, it’s said that the Venetian water isn’t the best. Do not fret, there are many public water fountains located throughout the city. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to take a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated throughout your daily jaunts. Or, just buy yourself some bottled water.

Venice is filled with medieval culture and hidden mysteries just waiting for you to explore. While you’ll find cheaper accommodation away from the main tourist destination of San Marco, you’ll remain in prime position to enjoy all the majesty of this beautiful city.