Tourist/City Tax in Venice

The legislative decree 14 March 2011 n. 23 gave the possibility to Italian municipalities to set up a tourist tax. This tax is paid by tourists directly to the accommodation (Hotel, B&B, Resort …). The cost depend on the location, type and stars of the accomodation. It is normally not included in the room rate because it could changes based on the wishes and needs of the municipality.

What is the cost of the Venice city tax? How much will I pay at the end of my holiday? Are there any discount? Is there a way to avoid it?

In this article you will find all the answers to your questions.

Below you will find the tables about the amount of the tourist/city tax in high and low season.

Venice city/tourist tax high season
LEGEND: Stelle=stars; Alberghi=hotels; Villaggio=Resort; Isole=islands; Terraferma=mainland; Intero= dults; Ridotto=reduced

Venice city/tourist tax low season
LEGEND: Stelle=stars; Alberghi=hotels; Villaggio=Resort; Isole=islands; Terraferma=mainland; Intero= dults; Ridotto=reduced

As you have probably already noticed, the low season in Venice is particularly short (only the month of January) and the city/tourist tax goes from € 0.70 to € 5.10 in high season and from € 0.50 to € 3.50 in low season. Two people that wants to spend 2 nights in Venice in a 3-stars hotel, will pay a total of € 14.00 if the hotel is located in Venice or € 9.60 if it is located on the mainland. These amounts are to be added to the cost of the room which is usually quite high. This is not a low price and you risk to find a bad surprise at the end of your stay.

Children: between 0 and 9 years are free of charge, while from 10 to 16 years a 50% discount will be applied.

There is also a way to refuse to pay the tourist/city tax. Below you will find the link to download the form. Youl will read about 30% penalty fee in case of due payment omission but, in my experience, it is very difficult that it is applied, specially with foreign tourist.

It’s up to you to decide to take this the opportunity or not.

Click here to download the declaration of refusal to pay the tourist/city tax

If you want to donate even just 1 euro, of those that you will save, for self-financing of the site, at the end of the page you find the link to Paypal.

For any other information, do not hesitate to contact me by filling out the form at the end of the page. I will reply you as soon as possible.

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Free Venice water buses map



Are you looking for the Venice waterbus map? Do you want to know the vaporetto/water buses routes? do you want to know which vaporetto/water bus take you to San Marco or Rialto? Which water buses take you to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello?

You are in the right place.

Below you will find the map of all the Venice water buses and the links in order to download and print it

Free Venice water buses map - Free Venice vaporetti map

For any other informations you can fill out the form that you will find at the end of this page. I will aswer you as soon as possible. Venice 4 all and all 4 Venice.

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Before leaving…


In this section you will find the information you need before leaving for a holiday in Venice.
You will probably find the answers to the questions that you have about this wonderful island.

In this section you can download a free map of Venice, learn what it means “High water” in Venice and find out which travel card is the  best for you in order to follow the organization of your holiday.

Just click on the topic:
Free Venice map
Tickets and season tickets for Venice
Tide and high water in Venice

I recommend you read them all quickly. They will take a little bite of time and they give you a clearer idea of ​​what to do before and during your holiday. So you will arrive in Venice prepared and you don’t waste your time in very long and useless queues.
Remember that probably you will find long lines quite everywhere, starting from the information offices, passing from the ticket offices and arriving at museums, palaces and cathedrals.

Trust me, you will risk losing hours in these queues , and in the same time losing patience and the possibility to make the best with the time that you have for visit this wonderful island. I work in the tourism for over 15 years and I am a native of Venice and I have seen several times people that are shocked by how many people arrive in Venice every day and by queues that are.


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Ticket and travel card in Venice

How much is the public transportation in Venice?
How much is a bus ride? How much is a vaporetto (water bus) ride?
Can I buy a travel card that include all the transportation? Which kind of travel card can i buy?
How much is a travel card? There are discounts for children or group or young/old persons?

In this article you will find all the answers to your questions.

First of all, I remind you that Venice is an island on which the circulation of vehicles on wheels and even on rails is not permitted. All vehicles on wheels will stop at Piazzale Roma (last stop) while all the trains stops at Venice Santa Lucia. The distance between these 2 stops is around 2/3 minutes by foot.

Starting from2  these stops, the only ways to get around in Venice are:
by foot
– by boats (water buses, water taxis, private boats, gondolas …)

Distance: by foot you will reach the Rialto bridge in about 30 minutes and San Marco square with another 10 minutes. These times are related to a normal walk, without getting lost and without shopping. I met groups that took even an hour and a half to get to the Rialto bridge due to shopping.

The most beautiful, most suggestive and also the cheapest way to visit Venice is by foot. You will see that the time fly. Because you will be kidnapped by the historical structures that are aroud you, from the shops that accompany you along the way, from the color that the sun give to the buildings, from the small street (called “calle”), from the hundreds of people that are enjoing a relaxing walk in one of the most beautiful islands in the world without worries about traffic. VENICE IS UNIQUE IN THE WORLD AND YOU WILL FEEL IT.

If you are tired or do not like/cannot walk, the only solution for you is boats.
Here are the indicative prices of a trip from Piazzale Roma / Venice Santa Lucia to San Marco square:
Vaporetto (water bus) € 7.50 per trip (valid for 75 minutes)
Private boats and water taxis € 50.00 per boat (I always recommend to ask the price before board in order to avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the trip)
Gondola € 80.00 for 30 minutes per gondola

Travel card (Public transport in Venice – click here):
24h € 20.00 per person
48h € 30.00 per person
72h € 40.00 per person
Weekly € 60.00 per person
These travel card includes all public buses (ACTV), trams and water buses (They include the water buses that go to the islands of Venice like Murano, Burano and Torcello). They do not include public buses to the airport (you have to pay € 6.00 more), private buses to the airport (ATVO) and trains
First of all you need to have an idea about how many water buses are you going to use during your holiday. Only with this idea you can understand if the travel card is convenient or not for you.

The validity period countdown begins when you awill use the travel card for the first time. Example: if you have a 24h travel card and you will use it the first time at 8pm, the travel card is valid until 8pm of the next day. If you have just arrived in Venice, I suggest you walk and enjoy the Venice island all day long. Then, when you will be tired, you  can use your travel card for the first time with the water bus that take you to the hotel/home. In this way your travel card will be valid until the evening of the day after (in case of 24h travel card).

For sure, if you want to visit the islands of Venice (Murano and Burano) you will buy a travel card because you have to use at least 3 water buses (one to go to Murano, one from Murano to Burano and one from Burano to Venice)

Children untill 5 years old – Free
From 6 to 29 years there is the “Rolling Venice card”, click here to see the advantages
Discounts for groups (minimum 20 people) and groups of students – click here

There are other cards that includes museums, museums + transportation … (“our best deals” – click here)
My advice is to avoid museum card. You can buy it if you will spend more than 2 days in Venice and want to visit many museums and churches. In fact, museums cards never included:
The Basilica of San Marco (free admission and internal exhibitions always for payment)
– The San Marco Bel tower
Remember always than you can find long line at the entrance of the main attractions. So, could be, that you will be not able to visit everything.

– If you want to visit the main islands of Venice (Muranno and Burano) you will need to buy a travel card (the duration of the travel card depends on how many days you will stay in Venice and your holiday program)
– If you do not want to visit the islands (Murano and Burano), the travel card is convenient if you plan to take more than 2 water buses per day
– Venice cards that include the museums + churches, will be convenient if you spend more days in Venice and want to visit several museums (San Marco bell tower not included) and churches (Basilica di San Marco not included)
– The first time, use the travel card as late as possible because the validity hours are effective.

You can buy the travel card:
online (click here)
– at the ticket offices located at the main water bus stops
– in the tobacco shops
– at the ticket offices located in Piazzale Roma and Venezia Santa Lucia


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Tide and high water in Venice


What is high water in Venice? why does it happen? What are the factors of this phenomenon?
Is Venice completely submerged by high water? can I go to Venice with high water? Is Venice closed with high water? In which months this phenomenon is more frequent?

In this article you will find all the answers to your questions.

First of all, the main factors that lead to high water are:
– the wind (in particular the sirocco wind blowing from south to north of the Mediterranean Sea)
– the weather conditions (low pressure area in the north Mediterranean and high pressure in the south)
movements of the moon and the consequent tides

The tides are quite cyclical and are repeated every 6 hours. The Venetians say “6 ore a cresse e 6 ore a caea”; translation “for 6 hours the tide rises and for 6 hours it goes down”.
So, for 6 hours the sea level, and consequently the level of the Venice lagoon, will grow to the maximum quote, then fall down for another 6 hours until reaching the minimum quote. After reaching the minimum quote it will start to rise again in order to reach maximum quote and so on. The level (expressed in centimeters) of the maximum or minimum quote depends on the other 2 factors mentioned previously (wind and weather conditions).

The months when the phenomenon is more frequent, are: November, December, January and February (winter time)

Click here to get updated forecasts on the tide and the high water of Venice.
You will see a chart that I will explain you in a few steps below.
Here is an example of a chart that you could find (click on the image to enlarge it):

Here is the simple explanation:
– Purple circle = time and date of the forecast
– Orange circle = tidal quote in centimeters
– Rossi circles = days following the day of the forecast
– Yellow circle = time 
– Blue Line = tide (as you see it grow up and get down every 6 hours)
– Green circle = expected tide, that is exactly what we need

So we deduce that at 11:00 on February 6, 2019 the tide (and therefore the level of the Venice lagoon) will reach the 70 cm altitude, while at 17:40 it will be -20 cm

Do not be afraid when you hear about 60 or 70 centimeters because in reality we are not talking about the real water height but just about the sea level. The different areas of Venice have different quote.
Below you will find the quotes of the 3 main areas of Venice and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello:
– San Marco square, 80 cm (the lowest part of Venice)
– Rialto Bridge 105 cm
– Venice Santa Lucia train station 135 cm
– Murano island 100 cm
– Burano island 100 cm
– Torcello Island 100 cm

So, referring to the example of 06 February 2019, there will be no high water in Venice because the maximum quote is 70 cm; 10 cm less than the lowest part of Venice (San Marco square).

Below you will find 3 exemplary vignettes

There are, there have been and there will be, exceptional tides with quote even above 140/150 cm. We remember that:
– 60% of the city is flooded with a 140 cm tide
– with a tide about 130 cm the 46% of the city is flooded
– 12% of the city floods with a tide about 110 cm
– with a tide about 100 cm just the 5% of the city is flooded (in particular San Marco square)

In the case of high water, Venice is not closedElevated walkways are arranged in the lower areas so you can walk around Venice without getting wet.
Click here to view the updated map of the elevated walkways.

You can also buy or bring your boots and walk around Venice without any limitations.
Venice is unique for this too. There is no other place in the world where you can walk on a flooded island (at least in part) and steeped in history.
I remind you that if the tide is more than 140 cm you will need boots that reach the knees. You can also buy boots directly in Venice but for sure they will be more expensive.

Pay attention at the water buses too. In the case of an exceptional high tide, they could be suspended or could change their course.
Click here to view the official Venice vaporetti website in the “News” section.

For any other informations you can fill out the form that you will find at the end of this page. I will aswer you as soon as possible. Venice 4 all and all 4 Venice.


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Free Venice Maps






Why do we need a map of Venice when we have Google Maps?

I suggest you always have a map of Venice with you for the following reasons:

  • Sometimes Google Maps get lost in Venice too; because the streets (called “calli”) are so close one each other that Google Maps has some problems to locate you exactly
  • With a map you have a general overview of the island and location of the main attractions of Venice (museums, square, bridges…)
  • The device may be discharged
  • In case of need, it is easier to ask information showing a map than an electronic device
  • Venice is similar to a labyrinth and it is very easy to get lost
  • It costs nothing because here you can download, print and model your personal Venice map for free


  • The free maps that INFO POINTS give you are incomprehensible because they are very small and full of advertisments
  • The INFO POINTS have a medium-sized map with few advertisments, but it costs € 3.00
  • Often the Info Points are very crowded, with long line
  • The maps that you find in the shops of Venice start from € 5.00


The map is made up of 3 A4 sheets (A,B and Csheets) linked one each other and printed in front and back. Anyone can do it, all you need is a printer. 

What You will find in the map:

  • FRONT ; the map of Venice divided into 3 A4 sheets (A, B and C sheets) and the maps of the islands of Murano and Burano (in C sheet)
  • BACK; starting from left to right, there are, in order, the Venice water buses (vaporetti) map, the main museums, palaces, theaters and churches of Venice and finally the maps of the islands of Lido and Giudecca

Below you will find all the links in order to download the images/documents. You can download, save and print the image in jpg format (2 images per sheet – Front and Back) or download the file in pdf format, which already contains the 2 pages in a single file. Obviously the quality of jpg files is higher than the pdf file. You can print just the front in order to have a free map of Venice. 

Free Venice map – front
Free Venice map – Back

A SHEET (front and back):

B SHEET (front and back):

C SHEET (front and back):

If you are just interested on Venice Vaporetti (Water Buses) map, here are the links:


If you follow the instructions, the size of the map will be equal to 1/4 of an A4 sheet and therefore, it will be easy to put in your pocket and take it out if necessary. First of all you must join the three sheets (A, B, C) in succession with a tape.

At this point we pass to the first bending phase as shown in the image:

Fold sheet A onto Sheet B. The result is as follows:

Fold in the same way the “Water buses map” (which is the back of the A sheet) on the C sheet. The result is the following:At this point, fold the sheet following the black line passing under. The final result will be the following:So you will find in your pocket a portable but functional map, with all the information you need and FREE.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: it is normal and I’m quite sure that you will get lost Venice, but, actually,  you never get lost in Venice. Because Venice is an island so you will always find at least the water or the yellow signs on the walls that  indicate you the direction to “San Marco” or “Rialto” or “Piazzale Roma” or “Ferrovia” (like in the picture). Anyway, the best way to visit Venice is getting lost in its small street that will bring you somewhere like in a labirinth but don’t worry, Venice help you always to find the way back.

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