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How To Visit Venice Like A Local

Venice is one of the most idyllic cities in the world, packed full of amazing architecture, rich history and, of course, the world famous canals. It’s the perfect place for a solo trip or a romantic weekend getaway but it can get a little touristy. Going and doing all of the usual touristy stuff is fine and you’ll still have a great trip but if you really want to experience the place, you have to visit like a local. If you can find all of the hidden gems that the locals go to, you’ll get a much better feel for the city and really start to see what makes it so special. Here are some simple ways you can visit Venice like a local. 

Walk Around 
The canals are the obvious choice for transportation in Venice and you should definitely take a few trips on the water. But if you really want to get a feel for the city, walking is the best way to get around. There are so many quaint little side streets where you’ll find great little restaurants and bars. If you just stick to the canals, you might pass a lot of that by. It’s fairly easy to get lost when you’re walking around the little back streets but it’s not really a problem. The water is a landmark on all sides so it’s easy to find your way again if you do get disorientated. If you ask locals for directions, they’ll usually use buildings and landmarks to help you find your way rather than road names so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your way. 

Food Tours 
When you’re trying to do things like a local, guided tours aren’t usually that great. They’ll only take you around the big tourist attractions and nowhere else. However, when it comes to finding places to eat, there are some great food tours on offer with The Roman Guy. Instead of sticking to all of the touristy destinations, they’ll give you a great tour of all of the places that the locals eat. The food and wine is one of the best things about Italy so you should definitely make it a priority. You’ll get the chance to sample some incredible local cuisine and wash it down with a delicious glass of wine. 

Water Taxis 

The canals in Venice aren’t just there for romantic gondola rides, they’re a great way to get around as well. You’re likely going to fly into Marco Polo airport so you’ll need to find some way into the centre of Venice. Water taxis are the cheapest options which is why all of the locals use them. You can get a private one but you’ll save yourself a lot of money if you go for one of the bigger ones. If you’ve got kids under 6 with you, they’ll travel for free which is an added bonus. 

The Jewish Ghetto 
The Jewish Ghetto is one of the most underappreciated areas of Venice which is a real shame because there’s a lot of great stuff to see and do there. After you’ve taken a food tour and sampled some of the best Italian cuisine, you might be looking for a change. If you head over to the ghetto, you can find some authentic Jewish cuisine to try as well. The architecture is different to the rest of the city which gives it a unique feel. There are some great synagogues to look around and a brilliant museum which gives you some insight into the long and turbulent history of the Jewish community in Venice. The local people are all very welcoming and they maintain a lot of their traditions, so you’ll get a proper traditional Venice experience here. 

Go To The Local Market 
Most of the local people in Venice get a lot of their food and other bits from the market on a Tuesday morning in Lido. If you really want to experience Venice like a local, getting some ingredients and cooking yourself some food is a great way to do it. Head down to the market and see what new and interesting ingredients you can find to take back with you. As well as food, you’ll also find clothes, shoes and other general household items. The The Rialto Market is great too, especially if you’re looking for food. It’s particularly good for local seafood so make sure to check that out while you’re there. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away, you’ve got to get all of this stuff home. 

You could even consider taking a cooking lesson while you’re out there so you know how to make the best out of the ingredients that you buy at the markets. There’s no better place to learn about proper Italian cooking than in Venice. 

See An Opera 

Venice is best known for the canals but it’s also associated with the opera. Italy is the best place in the world to see a traditional opera. The La Fenice opera house was sadly destroyed by a fire in 1996 but it has since been rebuilt and refurbished. The opera is one of the most iconic Italian pastimes so if you want to do it like a local, you can’t miss it. 

Always Ask For Recommendations 
You can read all of the guide books you like and they’ll give you some great tips on getting around and some good places to go. But no matter how good the guidebook is, they’re not going to know every single place in the city. If you really want to have a proper locals experience, you need to find the places that the tourists don’t know about. The easiest way to do that is to simply ask the locals for recommendations on their favourite places. Ask the hotel staff if there is anywhere that they like to go and try to strike up conversation with people when you’re out and about. Other tourists might also have some good tips so ask people that you go on guided tours with.

If you visit Venice and only go to the tourist traps, you’ll only scratch the surface of what this amazing city has to offer. 

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