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Prices in Venice?

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Prices in Venice?

Dear forumers,

me and our family friends are planning together family trip to Venice, two weeks long. Is Venice much more expensive than Rome for example?

Can anybody post here some prices - for example cheaper take-away pizzas, cold drinks? Are the prices in grocery stores reasonable? As altogether our two familys have 7 kids, we wouldn't go any restaurant :)

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1. Re: Prices in Venice?

Venice tends to be more expensive because every single thing has to be brought into the city by hand, either in boats or on hand trolleys.

There are plenty of supermarkets, but they tend to be a bit hidden.

This map gives an idea of the location of some supermarkets.

http://g.co/maps/3dgqb

Most have excellent sections for purchasing cold drinks, rolls, cold meats and cheeses etc. The prices may be slightly higher than usual but still reasonable.

You may do better to try to stay in apartments and do some of your own cooking.

www.veniceapartments.org

tripadvisor.com.au/VacationRentals-g187870-R…

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2. Re: Prices in Venice?

I would recommend staying at a hotel in Mestre, near the Mestre railway station, where prices tend to be considerably lower than those right in Venice. There are frequent trains from Mestre to Venice that take only ten minutes to get to Piazzale Roma, the gateway to Venice.

Would also like to call your attention to a well-known supermarket in Mestre: PAM, at 209 Corso del Popolo, a few blocks from the train station. It has a wonderful selection of wines and deli foods at bargain prices. There is another PAM near Piazza Ferretto in Mestre.

magicoveneto.it/Venezia/Mestre/MestreP01.htm

Five good, inexpensive hotels in Mestre:

Hotel Ambasciatori: A bus stops right across the street from the Ambasciatori Hotel every eight minutes that will take you to Piazzale Roma.

http://www.ambasciatori.it/

Hotel Delfino Mestre (next door to the Ambasciatori Hotel).

http://bit.ly/rZCwAp

The Hotel Plaza is situated right in front of the Mestre railway station.

http://bit.ly/idV9I8

The Best Western Hotel Bologna, also directly in front of the Mestre railway station.

http://bit.ly/ulxOH4

The Hotel Tritone, near the Mestre railway station.

http://bit.ly/tS3ooL

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3. Re: Prices in Venice?

11 people 2 ways on the train each day will add somewhat to the costs of accommodation in Mestre. Better to stay at an apartment in Venice itself. Plus, with small kids, you often need to return to base for a nap or rest during the day. Much harder to return to Mestre.

Children under 6 travel free, but over six and under 14, pay full price. Have a good read of the "Transport and Other Passes" section top right of this forum for ideas on transport passes good for the vaporetto (water bus) to get around.

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Venice is a wonderful place to visit. It is probably the most expensive of all Italian cities. It is walkable if you are staying rather central. Mestre is not central, and neither is the San Lucia train depot in Venice where you will get off the train from Mestre. The bus in in Venice is a boat "vaporetto"...if your children are six or older the fare (one way - to a destination) is 6.50 Euro each. For the eleven of you that would be 71.50 Euros a day. And if you are a bit tired and want to take the vaporetto back to the train station, to take the train back to Mestre...add another 71.50 Euros...a day! Possibly 143.00 Euros a day. Of course the train will cost a few euros per person each way also. Of course you could purchase vaporetto passes for 11 people for 2 weeks. Maybe suddenly Venice looks a little less expensive?

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5. Re: Prices in Venice?

People from 14 to 29 can get Rolling Venice cards, purchased only in Venice itself, with proof of age. They will be the cheapest of all the travel passes.

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6. Re: Prices in Venice?

With seven children, you can’t do better than “Pizzeria 30175” in Mestre.

Located on Via Mestrina (49), a cobblestone pedestrian-only street between Corso del Popolo and Piazza Ferretto, “30175” has an extensive and inexpensive pizza menu that is an inviting alternative to the restaurants on the Piazza Ferretto, a short half-block away. The establishment is mostly take-away, but there is a small seating area.

Pizzeria “30175” also offers salads, panini, calzones and kebabs—all made with fresh ingredients and very generously portioned. Beer, soft drinks, and acqua naturale/frizzante are available.

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7. Re: Prices in Venice?

While Venice is more expensive for obvious reasons, ,there are some very good supermarkets , with competitive prices,

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8. Re: Prices in Venice?

venice Can be expensive - if you let it. for the last six years, though - in cannaregio - i've typically been spending [per day]:

€4-€6.50 for a sit-down breakfast - outside, by a canal [trattoria bar pontini, near ponte delle guglie]

€3-€5 for a walk-around lunch [rizzo, just around the corner from pontini, rio terá san leonardo]

€12-€32 for an evening meal, at a restaurant; or €5-€8, for something similar to lunch, but taken back to the hotel [but not necessarily] - that would include a litre of surprisingly tasty wine @ €1.80-€2.70 [vinaria nave de oro - again, on san leonardo]

the billa supermarket, on strada nova, would reduce these prices further still [if you're preparing/cooking in a rented apartment].

it might be slightly more than what it would come to, in rome - but i'm sure it would not be by much.

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9. Re: Prices in Venice?

I found venice no more expensive that other places in Italy - you have to go away from the tourist traps other wise you will get seriously ripped off. Co-op supermarkets were more expensive than on the mainland, but Billa was about the same. Trattoria Al Faro was our best meal - 13 euro 2 course set menu and 5 euros for a very drinkable house wine - It's in the Jewish Ghetto.

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10. Re: Prices in Venice?

Thank you all very much for your answers, I got some really good tips from you.

Wish you all many interesting travels and trips during 2012! Wonderful and exciting new destinations in next year!