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How To Not Get Ripped Off on a Gondola in Venice

How To Not Get Ripped Off on a Gondola in Venice

Contrary to popular belief, the price of a Gondola ride in Venice is governed by law. Even more unknown, is the fact that this price is for the boat hire and not per person. So How Much is a Gondola Ride? It’s €80 for 30 minutes in the daytime, and €100 night time rate (after 7pm). What many don’t realise is that this is the cost for the ENTIRE boat, and with space for six people, rounding up your friends could…

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Four Bizarre Facts You Should Know About Venice

Four Bizarre Facts You Should Know About Venice

Say Venice and you’ll likely start singing ‘Just One Cornetto’ in your head. But there’s a hidden side to Venice that you may not be aware of – some are just damn right strange! So here’s four facts about Venice you really ought to know. 1. They Invented Hair Dyeing You see that wooden frame atop that apartment, would you believe me if I told you that’s where hair dyeing was invented? Originally these terrace-like structures were built above the…

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Why are there so many churches in Venice?

Why are there so many churches in Venice?

When strolling around Venice, it’s hard not to notice the immense amount of bridges and churches on what seems like every corner. And every street seems to bear ‘Campo’ in its name. But it all becomes clear when we learn that the first inhabitants of Venice came after the Romans solved the solution to fresh drinking water. Since there were no bridges, each ‘square’ that you see today will have been a grassy area. Each square will have been an…

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Should You Stay at Venice Backpackers Hostel?

Should You Stay at Venice Backpackers Hostel?

As Italy was going to be my first solo trip, it made sense to frequent hostels rather than a hotel room – as tempting as a double bed to myself would be! My research turned up Venice Backpackers House as a cheap Venice hostel – and the reviews seemed fairly ok! When I first arrived at Venice Backpackers Hostel I was scared out of my wits! I’d created this notion in my head that hostels would be crawling with cockroaches…

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