I'm heading to Venice next week but I haven't been and don't really have anyone to advise me on how annoying or not it would be to stay on the southern island here in this picture vs. staying on the northern part of the main island. The main debate is that I'm an Elite member with Hilton so I have the better chance of an upgrade in the larger hotel to the south, but I also can get a free night at a smaller but nice place with a chance of an upgrade up north.
Water taxis seem pretty common but I just need to know if I'm going to find it a huge pain in the ass to trek back each night to the southern island or run the risk of getting trapped because taxis are done for the night.
Also, open for tips on things to do. I'll be there alone for two nights of my trip.
Honestly - water taxis are slow as fuck and Venice is a very walkable place where getting lost is actually a plus because you find stuff most people will miss.
My hotel was located practically in the middle and it was very convenient throughout the day when I needed to refresh or take a shit.
Water taxis are very expensive. In general, everything is extremely overpriced in Venice. You are going to pay a lot more for your accommodation too since you are booking one week in advance in what is probably the busiest period for tourism in Venice.
I recommend taking a bus to Mestre, which should not take any more than an hour, and sleeping there. If you want to leave super late, consider taking a taxi; I think you will still pay less with the inflated hotel price and what not. If not Mestre, Padua and Treviso are a short distance away.
If getting ripped off is not a concern, stay wherever, everywhere is beautiful, everywhere the buildings look like you've been transported to a different time. I think the water taxis run quite late, but I'd still stay on the main islands.
To be honest, Venice can be done in a day, there isn't that much to do per se. See the sights, then walk around the city. Two days is fine if you really want to exhaust all the the touristic things. To anyone young, or those who don't care for comforts, I recommend going in super early, getting the touristic things out of the way, then wandering around the city, getting a restaurant that is far away from the main tourist spots (unless you enjoy overpaying for the sake of overpaying) and spending the whole night wandering about the city. That way you can go to St. Mark's square when it is practically empty, even when the sun goes up. It's a way different experience, it feels like the city is just there for you and some odd person up by that time. The day after just take one of the long distance trains to one of the main cities and sleep off the exhaustion on the way. I recommend going to Padua or Vicenza personally, which aren't very far away, but are very pretty towns.
Taking a shit is a big issue in Venice, a fair point.
Like the other guy said just stay in Mestre
Doncha think there's just something magical about waking up in your hotel room overlooking the canals of the storied city of Venice. That's a bucket list item for me.
Having been to Venice twice, it's really not. It's a beautiful city but I truly never saw the appeal since it's always filled to the brim with tourists and you hear more English than Italian. In Mestre they have a 24 hour bus to Venice and its at most 30 minutes and usually 15
at least it's not Chinese anymore amirite
Venice in August 2021 was heavenly, barwly any tourists. I recommend hotels at the south end of the canal grande. The ones on the small island to the south are mostly shite
somewhere near ponte dell'accademia: 10 mins from piazza San Marco and waking up at dawn walking around without tourists and see sunrise from the bridge is kino (pic related)
if you are poor stay up north
whoever told you to stay in Mestre is an idiot: it's a shithole and when on holiday what you want is to lose time commuting. For the same reasons avoid vaporetti (water taxis), just walk you fat fuck.
also I'd avoid big chains like Hilton and such, support local Italian people and stay in a Italian owned hotel.
I'm giving sensible advice to people who don't want to spend a lot for staying in Venice itself. It is a shithole, but it is also very near by and you will pay much less for accommodation. The difference is sleeping in the same bed, but one is in the city and the other one requires a short bus ride back and forth. There's a lot of young people on this board with limited budgets, I don't want to scare them off by saying don't bother with Venice just because the city itself is inflated to shit with prices. To be honest, I don't even recommend staying in Venice for more than one day, if anything I recommend going very early, spending all day there, then leaving sometime in the early morning to enjoy Venice without hordes of normies taking the same photographs with their shitty phone cameras.