Venice Tips & Tricks / Rady pro cestu do Benatek

Are you planning to visit Venice? Then you must read our essential guide which will help you survive and actually really enjoy your trip!

Chystate se do Benatek? V tom pripade ctete nas nezbytny navod jak Benatky prezit a hlavne si je uzit!


Let’s start planning

The month you visit Venice is very important because Venice is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. There is an average of 60 000 tourists in Venice every day which makes more than 20 million per year.

Try to avoid European summer, weekends and public holidays if you can.

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Radunka on crowded Rio Alto bridge

October could be still good for a visit, but it gets crowded again over Christmas and February for famous Venice carneval.
If you have no choice, but to go in peak months here is few tips how to get away from crowds.

1. Visit St.Marco square and other TOP tourists places early morning. You’ll see Venice from different angle – less tourists, you will see locals and have the opportunity to observe awakening of the city πŸ™‚

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2. When it gets too much, get lost in the narrow isles. There is a chance you’ll actually soak in some real Venice atmosphere. Their laundry is legendary πŸ™‚

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Evening Venice has its own magic – definitely try it!

Accommodation

You have 2 options:

1) Find a place in Venice

    – It is more expensive but your Venice experience will be more intense
    – You get to go to bed and wake up in one of the most unique cities in the world
    – You will probably have your own kitchen and fridge in the apartment – you will save money on food/drinks

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This beautiful street alley was literally couple of steps from our room!

2) Stay in camp / hostel on mainland and use ferries/bus to get to Venice

This is cheaper at first sight BUT

    – You have to pay for ferry if you plan to spend more days in Venice
    – Time to travel has some value too
    – At the end of long beautiful day you have to walk a long way to ferry terminal and wait for some time before you get to bed.

In the end there is not a great difference in price for staying in Venice compared to mainland accommodation options. Think about it!

We highly recommend this apartment in Castello. Reasonable price, super close to San Marco and very friendly staff.

Food

Italy is famous for their food. Venice doesn’t have the best Italian cuisine, but there is still some worth try. Go to Trip advisor for genuine Venice pubs and local hidden gems.
We recommend BROM ice creamery, especially their intense coffee ice cream, yum.

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Local supermarkets offer some local delicates too – we enjoyed mascarpone&blue cheese and pistachio ice cream. Tom is in love with Sicilian canolas and I was happy with the cheapest white vine. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately there is a saying among the locals “There is always another tourist” and you should be aware of that. They really don’t care if you are not satisfied with the food because there are literally millions of other tourists. Lower your expectations, buy your own food and if you crave Italian cuisine – try to enjoy it somewhere else.

Souvenirs

Venice masks are beautiful and unique and easily recognisable from fake Chinese products. Unfortunately almost everybody visiting Venice has some weird urge to buy a mask and it has lost the unique and magical sense over the years.

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You can make your own mask! Anywhere & anytime πŸ™‚

Murano glass looks good too, but it is the kind of thing you like looking at it but have no use of it if you take it home.
There is lot of fakes too, but it’s harder to find out what’s real and what’s from China. There is usually price factor, but who knows πŸ™‚

Gondolas

Seems romantic and special for this place. We let it go because if it’s ridiculous prices. 30min ride costs 80 euro and more in the evening.

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It might be worth it in a group of 6 otherwise I don’t think it is necessary to spend that much. There are cheaper ways to discover Grand canal – water taxi and buses costs about 20E max.

Interesting facts

There is 20mil people visiting Venice every year. That’s about 60k a day. A day! 60k is a population of Venice.
It is hard to find public toilets while wandering in streets and if you find one there’s a long line and it costs like one scoop of ice cream!
Now imagine every visitor use their toilet once during his/her stay. That’s 30mil easy cash for the town :).

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Venice… Nowhere else!

ATM warning

Be careful about ATMs. Euronet brand ATMs are typical Italian products. The ATM will provide you with mix of Italian/English when you opt in for English only and the overall menu is flawed in every possible way. After giving up on understanding the stupidity of the menu we have CANCELLED any withdrawal and the ATM actually withdrew 300 Euro without any receipt. STAY AWAY!

Cash out your money only in ATMs close to local banks. There are few around Rio Alto bridge.

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BEST THING

We were surprised by St.Marco Basilica. We’ve never seen anything like that.
The entry is free and we could have stared at the ceiling and walls all day long. The sheer beauty got us.
It is a good idea to dress properly and leave your backpack at home for this particular short visit.

Summary

Avoid weekends, get up early, buy your own food/drink and your Venice visit will be more pleasurable, smooth and you will enjoy it as did we πŸ™‚

See you next time!

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01

Planovani prijezdu – Kdy a jak dlouho?

Do Benatek denne prijede az 60tis. turistu coz je cca 20 milionu rocne! Chcete se s nima mackat na nejproflaknutejsich mistech?

Nejvyssi sezona je cervenec-zari, kdy krome klasickych turistu najizdi i obrovske “Titaniky”. Pokud muzete, vyhnete se temto terminum a naplanujte si cestu treba na rijen, listopad anebo brezen, duben. Rusno je v Benatkach i kolem Vanoc a v unoru, kdy se kona jejich tradicni karneval.

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Benatky vecer maji stale co nabidnout

Pokud ale jindy nez v lete nemuzete, tady je par tipu jak prezit.

    1) Vyhnete se vikendum, svatkum atd.
    2) Privstante si. Nemusi to bejt super brzo, do cca 10h je v ulicich pomerne mrtvo a misto turistu uvidite lodni popelare, zasobovace, uklizece, doplnovace atd. Cilem privstani je navstivit ty nejvice rusne mista jako namesti San Marco, most Rio Alto a dalsi mista, ktera se kolem poledne naprosto hemzi turisty.

Na jak dlouho? Zalezi jestli chcete “videt vsechno” vcetne muzeii apod. Na odskrtnuti vsech velkych turistickych mist a prochozeni vetsinove casti Benatek vam bohate staci 2 dny. Nebudete spechat, budete se ztracet, bloudit a uzivat si to fpohode. My jsme byli 3 dny nakonec a bylo to uz lehce pres.
Jeden den na Benatky je datelny, ale bude to moc uspechane a nezazijete tu pravou atmosku v malych zapadlych ulickach a spoustu jinych nezbytnych detailu.

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Radunka se protlacila na Rio Alto!

Ubytko

Mate v podstate 2 moznosti:

1) Ubytko primo v Benatkach, ktery je nelidsky drahy, ale ma nekolik vyhod. Je uz jenom na vas jestli se vam chce za ne priplacet:

    – Bydlet v Benatkach (aspon na jeden den) je uzasny! Otevrete dvere a jste v tom! Rano se probudite, vykouknete z okna a jste v tom! πŸ™‚

    – Kuchyn a lednice – Benatky nejsou uplne vyhlasene levnou a dobrou stravou a pokud jste aspon trochu schopni tak muzete vyrazne usetrit na jidle, kdyz si sami uvarite a nebo vychladite vlastni pivo, ktere si pak muzete vychutnat pri zapadu slunce u kotvicich lodi.

    – Nemusite dvakrat za den na lod na pevninu – uspora casu a penez za transport.

Po dlouhym hledani se nam podarilo najit pekny a vkusne zrekonstruovany apartmany za bezkonkurecni ceny primo v miste. Je to v Castellu, kousek od vsech atrakci.

2) Ubytovani na pevnine
Ubytovacich moznosti jsou mraky, nejlevnejsi poskytnou kempy, nejbliz je asi ten ve Fusine, hned u terminalu lode,
ale na bookings.com najdete dalsi v Mestre atd.
Pokud cestujete solo, hostely pro vas budou prijatelny cenove i na ostrove, pokud vas je vic jednoznacne doporucujem kemp anebo apartman.

Bydleni v kempu je na prvni pohled jednoznacne levnejsi, ale kdyz si k tomu pripoctete penize a cas straveny transportem a hlavne, kdyz jste po dlouhem dni utahani a jeste vas ceka trmaceni pres pul Benatek k molu ferry a potom jeste do kempu.

Pokud se rozhodnete pro apartman tak rozhodne nezapomente nafotit par fotkama ubytovani pri prevzeti a pri odchodu – muze se vam to opravdu hodit pri jakychkoliv problemech pozdej.

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Tohle sme meli hned vedle vchodu. Dokonalost!

Jidlo
Pozor na poplatky za servis, sednuti si apod. Servis byva kolem 10% z utraty a na namesti S.Marca vas posazeni muze stat az 25 euro na osobu. To je v prdeli vazeni, doslova. πŸ™‚

Jinak ale pohoda, v Benatkach se da levne a chutne najist, nejlepsi jidlo v Italii tu ale pri tech navalech turistu necekejte. Dokumenty doporucuji spis vybirat podniky, kde maji menu jen v italstine nez ti, co maji 4 jazyky. Trip advisor vam poradi kam jit dle vaseho gusta πŸ™‚
Doporucujeme zmrzlinovy retezec BROM – jejich kavova je asi nejintenzivnejsi jakou jsem kdy mela! Pistacie je taky super a porce jsou veliky!
Dalsi velka lekce je nedavejte si pizzu Quatro Formaggi v Italii. Oni to maji radi jinak a je to suchy! Plati to i pro dalsi. Radsi si nechte poradit a nezkousejte si dat neco, co vam daji v cesky pizerii.

Celkove je dulezite zminit, ze v Benatkach je Italska kuchyne o DOST slabsi nez na pevnine. Vzhledem k neskutecnemu mnozstvi turistu se tu neklade zasadni duraz na kvalitu. Mezi Benatcany panuje rceni “Vzdycky je tu dalsi turista”. Proste kdyz vam to nechutna, tak je jim to jedno, ze se nevratite, protoze proste a jednoduse je tu milion dalsich πŸ™

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Supermarkety

Supermarketu je v Benatkach par, ale jsou nekdy dobre schovane a rozhodne ne avizovane jak v CR. Musite je hledat s mapou. Jsou sice male, ale dobre vybavene. Muzete dobre usetrit na chlazenym pivu – rozdil 1 Euro vs 10 Euro v restauraci. My nejvic ujizdeli na mascarpone spojenym s modrym syrem a sicilskych canolach MNAM!
Maji ale i prekvapive dobrou pistaciovoua zrmzku a super levny bily vino! πŸ™‚
Nejlepsi volbou je nebrat si moc jidla z pevniny, ale nakoupit v supermarketu a udelat si vlastni jidlo (at uz teple ci studene).

Hlavni atrakce

Namesti S.Marco je super (hlavne rano bez turistu) a bazilika je nepopsatelne nadherna uvnitr. Clovek nevi kam driv koukat! Vstup je zadarmo. Jsou tam omezeni jakoze nesmite mit batoh (bombu) a meli byste bejt prijatelne obleceny (resi hlavne zensky vystrihy a hola ramena).
Obleceni se da vyresit koupi satku ve fronte za ecko, ale batohy nechte urcite v apartmanu.
Zevnitr jsou dalsi sekce, kde uz se plati. My se byli podivat na poklady/pozustatky a uplne nas z toho mrazilo!

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San Marco rano – jen pockejte par hodin a je to vzhuru nohama πŸ™

Dalsi popularni atrakci jsou gondolieri. Cena je momentalne 80 ecek za 30min plavbu, vecer to jde i pres 100.
Ceny jsou pevny, nenechaj se smluvit i kdyz maji rano prazdno. Na jednu lod vas vezmou max.6, podle me se to vyplati jen v plnym poctu, jinak se muzete svest vodnim autobusem, taxikem atd., ktery vychazeji levnejc.
Nam jako “vodni zazitek” bohate stacil prevoz do/z Benatek.

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Vseobecny pravidlo na mista, na ktery se chcete podivat zni- cim driv tam rano pujdete tim lip. Galerie a muzea oteviraji vetsinou v 10h a do ty doby je vetsinou min turistu anebo potom zase vecer po 20h.

Suvenyry

Co si privezt na pamatku?

Nejvetsi stylo predstavuji benatsky masky. Jsou i obchody, kde si muzete vytvorit svoji. Pozor na cinsky padelky,
ktery jsou ale lehce rozpoznatelny od rucne delanych πŸ™‚

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Masku si samozrejme muzete vytvorit i sami πŸ™‚

To stejne plati o Murano skle. Bohuzel tady se padelky uz tak lehce poznat nedaji, obecny pravidlo ale rika,
ze je vetsi pravdepodobnost pravosti v obchodech v bocnich ulickach nez na hlavnim tahu. Taky to poznate na cene.

Benatky maji i spoustu galerii a originalnich maliru. Po vecnem vybirani te “prave” masky jsme nakonec znechucene nechali celou zalezitost byt a tesne pred odjezdem sme si koupili krasny obraz od naprosto neznameho poulicniho malire vcetne venovani. Mame tak krasny unikatni suvenyr a pamatku, kterou doma nikdo jiny nema. Nebojte se hledat a zkouset. Karnevalovou masku ma temer kazdy Benatsky turista a uz to rozhodne ztratilo ten “smrnc”.

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Zajimavosti

Zachody v Benatkach jsou velice nedostakova vec a kdyz jeden najdete, stoji se tam fronta a vycurani stoji 1,5 euro. Z toho vznika pekna statistika. Do Benatek prijede za rok 20mil. turistu, z toho kazdy si minimane jednou dojde a hned ma mesto 30mil. Takhle se dela businees vazeni πŸ™‚

Bankomat varovani

Dalsi raritou jsou Euronet bankomaty umisteny vsude mozne po meste. Tenhle bankomat se vas nejdriv zepta jestli jste ok bez uctenky, jakmile date ano, uz nic dalsiho nemuzete kontrolovat. Zrusila jsem vsechny transkace presto mi automat vyplivnul 300 euro!! 300!! Pozor na to!

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Vybirejte jen v bankomatach od bank!

Na zaver snad lze jen rici, aby si kazdy snizil ocekavani, dobre se pripravil a nakonec bude prijemne prekvapen. Dekujem Benatkam za krasny zazitek!

Ahoj priste! πŸ™‚

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