Queen of the Adriatic
Venice is one of the most expensive cities in Italy, more so from April through September. Hotel charges can vary from €70 to €150 per night near The St.Mark. Square. If you move away from the immediate tourist hot-spots - San Marco, the Rialto - then in lots of areas of Cannaregio, Santa Croce, San Polo and Dorsoduro, prices of Hotels, food and drink can be quite reasonable. Over-65s and under 18s will find state museums are free to enter, while there are reductions for the under-25s. Other museums generally offer some kind of discount to first two categories. Carry your passport as proof of your age. If you're prepared to eat snacks and budget meals you'll save lots of money without missing much. Buy picnics and snacks in supermarkets; eat take-away slices of pizza. It's difficult to judge just how much a gondola ride costs, since the price will vary depending upon the length of the trip and other factors, but a typical 50-minute ride can cost about 130,000 lira, or $59.