This is going to be a bit of a practical post, outlining some of the things that we’re going to do once we get to Venice.
We will arrive at Treviso airport in early afternoon and will then take a bus to Mestre. Our hotel is very close to the bus station, merely a 10 minute walk away, surrounded by shops and little restaurants. Since it’s not on the island, we hope that prices will be more affordable. We will be staying in the Piave Hotel, which turned out to be the cheapest after we did a research on prices.
From there the Venice itself is just a 15-minute train ride away, tickets cost just 1 euro one way and trains run every few minutes throughout the day. This will allow us to commute back and forth without any issues, while at the same time keeping the living costs at the minimum.
We will partake in at least two different types of derive, most likely the “Random directions” and the “Wrong map” ones. We might as well try the classical derive, simply going with the usual flow of tourists, but then turning the opposite way than the crowd, at each crossing. This would lead us to the least visited places. I also hope to visit the parts of Venice which are not supposed to be visited by tourists, such as the cargo ship terminals, and most definitely the gondola workshop, which is in Zattere, near the Giudecca canal.
Food in Venice (according to various blogs and travel guides) is not that expensive, similar to what we would expect to pay in Coventry. Of course, luxury restaurants (of which there are plenty) will cost more, but there also are budget places which are fairly cheap. Water in Venice is of great quality and is also available for free at many of its fountains.
Venice is one of the safest cities in the world with very low crime rates, however the usual precautions should be taken. One must keep their valet and passport close to them, especially in crowded places, as pickpocketers still might turn up. Carnival attracts a huge number of tourists in winter, so an increased number of thefts can be expected.