Expected Costs for a Long Weekend in Venice Italy

By Lloyd C | Updated July 7th, 2011

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a long weekend in Venice Italy

Venice is a magical place visited by tourists throughout the year. It has a very romantic flair that particularly attracts couples.
The only possible turnoff for this destination is the fact that it is fairly expensive.
Having to watch your expenses at all times when you are on vacation is a bit tedious and defeats the purpose of taking a holiday.
What’s the point of a European vacation if you have to worry about money the whole time?
Here we have put together ones expected costs for a long weekend in Venice.


Depending on where you are coming from you will find many low-cost airlines in Europe that offer affordable flights.

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Food and Drinks

For a decent sit-down meal at a restaurant, you should definitely calculate 20 – 25 euros per meal. ($23-$29 USD) However, you can also find snacks like pastries and cheese starting around 4 euros.
If you like seafood and fish be aware that many restaurants charge the fish by weight. The food is always fresh and delicious, but it can turn out to be pretty expensive.
Sitting down at a cafe for a coffee can get expensive, be expected to pay up to 8 euros.

italian food and wine
If the place has music the price usually includes the cover charge.
If you’re in the mood for coffee do it like the Italians and order one at the bar, drinking it standing up.

Museums and Culture

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The entrance for museums don’t vary much among cities, but be sure to look up rates beforehand.
For more information on attractions and pricing, you can visit, Venice-Museum.com

St Mark’s Square Museums:
Doge’s Palace, Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Archaeological Museum, Correr Museum, and current exhibitions.

Venice Civic Museums:
Museum of Natural History, Ca’ Rezzonico, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, Glass Museum of Murano, Ca’ Pesaro, and Lace Museum of Burano.

Getting Around on the Canals

What would a visit to the city of canals be without taking a ride on them?!
Well, actually I don’t think you will get around it. If you are traveling with your partner a gondola ride is the epitome of romance and would top off a romantic trip, but as you can imagine they are not cheap. As 40 minutes will cost you around 80 euros. ($93USD)
If this is too much for you, you will have to do with the Vaporetti, which is part of the public transportation, which runs around 6.50 euros for a one-way ticket. ($7.53USD)

Venice Panorama


A great economic option for accommodation are villas and private rentals. You can visit places like AirBnB for ideas and availability.
Staying at an apartment you will also save money on food and drinks because you will have a kitchen where you can cook your own meals and you will have the privacy of your own home.