On a budget: a weekend in Venice

28 August 2017

Our first city trip together is in April 2017. Our destination: the beautiful city of Venice. This city is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world and yes, we can confirm this. For us is the city of Venice one of the best destinations for a long weekend. We love to share some of our tips to get the best bang for your buck.

Gondola in Venice, Italy

Hotel outside of the city center

Most likely, you are traveling on a budget, and so are we. Our first tip is to pick a hotel which is outside of the city center. We are staying in hotel Colors, where we share a bathroom with other guests. Luckily, we do have our own private bedroom.
However, there are a lot of buses which can take you to the city center. One single fare from Hotel Colors – Venice will cost you about €1,50 ($1,80) per person. You can buy your bus tickets at the station, or you can ask your hotel staff for help!
Furthermore, another advantage of staying outside of the city center is that you don’t have to carry your bags over the thousands of bridges. And believe us, we have seen a lot of people working their asses off in order to reach their hotel. You will thank us later 😉

Food and beverages

First of all, we all know that everybody loves to wine and dine when they’re on a city trip. However, this will cost you a lot of your budget. For example, a cappuccino at the Piazza San Marco will cost you around €13 ($15,5). We will advise you to alter your breakfast and lunch plans. Our breakfast and lunch consist of freshly baked bread and a bottle of water and fresh juice. Then, you can eat your breakfast with a view of the beautiful Piazza San Marco.
Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy


While exploring the city, you will see a lot of street hustlers. They will try to sell a lot of stuff. First of all, they are offering tours around the city. We recommend you to buy your own map for a couple of euros and discover every tiny bit of this beautiful city by yourself. Second, they will offer gondola tours with or without a singing gondolier. Our initial thought was, yes, please. However, during your walks around the city, you will see a lot of gondolas side by side. It looks like traffic jams, so we skipped this.


Venice is a beautiful city for a romantic city trip. You’ll get the best bang for your buck if you buy your own map. It’s fun to explore this amazing city by yourself, including a bag full of freshly baked buns and a real, Italian ice cream. We know for sure that you won’t regret this for one bit.

A bridge over the canal in Venice

Have you ever been to Venice? Let us know in the comments!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Mo Kruithof 28 August 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I must go there sometimes. Looking good .

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