Preparing a trip to Venice can take a lot of time, even though it is part of the fun. To help you smoothen this process, I have listed below an overview of my favourite websites from my personal notebook.
The list guides you towards the best sites to consult if you are looking for practicalities, such as the weather or the timetables of the waterbus, and towards interesting pages with lots of background information on Venice and its history. Finally, you will also discover a few interesting articles on very specific topics, such as first time visitors or disabled visitors.
Forecast of water tides: this will give you an indication whether or not you can expect acqua alta during your visit
Interactive map: this map allows you to enter an address and visualize it in 3D. You can also get directions from one address to another
Transportation (boat) from the airport: you can book a private or shared water taxi or your ticket for the Alilaguna (public transport by water)
Transportation (bus) from the airport: if you arrive at Treviso airport, this bus will bring you to Tronchetto (a few minutes walk from Piazzale Roma)
Vaporetto lines: routes and time schedules of the public transportation by water
MyPass Venezia: an app to buy tickets for museums, the Biennale or the vaporetto
Venezia Accessibile: these maps of accessible routes for wheelchair users or parents with strollers allow you to discover Venice via bridges with a ramp
TripAdvisor Venice forum: you find a lot of practical information on this forum, and you can ask your own questions to the community. It is also a good source for ad-hoc information, e.g. special measures related to a specific event or when a strike of the vaporetto is announced
Booking.com: an overview of hotels available in Venice during your trip
Cruise activity: this allows you to use the number of cruise boats as an element to decide on your date. No cruise boats means less crowds in Venice.
Venice in 3D: take a virtual walk through the city to do some upfront sightseeing or to plan your route
Webcams: good quality webcams on San Marco square, the Rialto Bridge and Canal Grande
Venice Backstage: this movie explains the construction techniques used in Venice to protect the houses from the water (credits: Insula spa)
Venipedia: a wiki-based website with lots of information on all kinds of topics related to Venice such as art, population, geography, economy, infrastructure and history
Venice for visitors: tourist information on hotels, transportation and sightseeing
Venice’s Spectacular Beauty in Under 4 Minutes: a beautiful video, made by Oliver Astrologo, which shows you the beauty of Venice
The Venice survival guide from Travelboulevard
Strolling through Venice in photos from The World is a Book
Venice for disabled visitors: information for wheelchair users on how to visit the lagoon islands from Luisella Romeo
Top 10 free things to see in Venice according to The Guardian
A beginner’s guide to Venice from Her Grand Tour
If you are more a book person instead of a digital native, I have listed 9 inspiring books to help you prepare your trip to Venice. If you still find all this overwhelming and you don’t know what to do on your trip, you can contact me for a personalized plan, or continue reading on my site.
Enjoy your trip!
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