Venice can be expensive and one of the way's to get around some of the hidden expenses (for example, the 1.50 euro it costs to use the public bathrooms, etc) used to be the Venice City Card. In recent years, the name of the card has changed and it has become harder to find but if you find it, getting this card can save you quite a bit of money.
I'll point out that I have absolutely no affiliation to this company or this card. I just have been a tourist in this city a number of times and I think that Venice can get unnecessarily expensive.
As such, I thought I would write a quick blog to tell you about the new version of the Old City Card which is now called the Venice Unica Card.
First thing to know about this card is that there are two versions - one for tourists who are there for a shorter stay and one for long term stays or frequent visitors. I haven't done research into that one as yet and this blog is just about the short term stay card. I have not yet personally used it but a quick google search of prices and knowing what it cost me to be in Venice last year (and the 7 other times I have been), I would definitely suggest that this is worth considering.
How will you know if this is right for you? Whilst the facility part of the card is good, my opinion of the card is that it is pretty reliant on you wanting to do some sightseeing at the big attractions.
You'll see that it is very much a custom built card in that you pick when you will be activating which parts and also what you want to include and what you want to skip. That is a feature that I do quite like about it because I know I have overlooked a number of cards because there are too many inclusions that are things I would never have paid for anyway as I wouldn't be interested in doing that tour. As such, I'm not really saving any money by buying it...this is not one of those cards it would seem.
What can you include on your card? You custom build your card and can include the following:
A Tourist City Pass (includes Doge's Palace, 14 Church Chorus Circuit and the Jewish Museum) - Ages 18+ would add 24.90 euro to their card, ages 6-17 would add 15.40 euro to their card for this addition. Note: The Doge's Palace is timed (11am or 3pm) on whichever day you choose to activate.
Doges Palace (add 14 euro for 18+ or 6.50 euro for ages 6-17) - timed entry
Peggy Guggenheim Collection (add 16.50 euro for 18+ or 14.50 euro for ages 6-17) - timed entry
Teatro La Fenice (add 11 euro for full ticket or 7 euro for reduced ticket. Family of 3, 4 or 5 discounts available)
Churches of the Chorus Circuit (add 12 euro for full ticket or 8 euro for reduced ticket or 24 euro for family ticket)
Cini Foundation (add 14 euro for full ticket or 12 euro for reduced ticket) - timed entry
Casanova Experience (add 13 euro for full ticket, 9 euro for students or seniors or 7 euro for ages 5-12)
Querini Stampalia Foundation (add 14 euro for full ticket or 10 euro for reduced ticket)
Jewish Museum of Venice (add 12 euro or 10 euro for students)
Scala Contarini Del Bovolo (add 7 euro for full ticket or 6 euro for reduced ticket) - timed entry
Note: Check the opening days of each of these attractions BEFORE adding them to your ticket as many are not open 7 days a week and this will impact your ability to visit them depending on what days you are in Venice.
There are a number of different public transport options that you can choose to add depending on how you will be arriving to Venice and how you intend to travel around. There are also tickets for organised groups of students or seniors. There are connections to the airport and to the cruise terminal, as well as the islands and more.
With so many options, the best is to visit the site and add what is most suitable for you. As an indication of prices,
I have listed only one type which is the ACTV Time Limited Tickets which includes Public Transport in Venice, on the islands and the mainland by vaporetto and bus):
1 Day of Transport - add 20 euro
2 Days of Transport - add 30 euro
3 Days of Transport - add 40 euro
7 Days of Transport - add 60 euro
Parking at Piazzale Roma Car Park - add 12 euro for 20 hours
Parking at Piazzale Roma Car Park - add 15 euro night rate - 5pm to 5am
Parking at Piazzale Rome Carp Park - add 23.40 euro for 24 hours
Public Toilets - add 3 euro for 3 admissions (barcode entry)
Public Toilets - add 9 euro for 7 admissions (barcode entry)
Wifi Connection - add 5 euro for 24 hours
Wifi Connection - add 15 euro for 72 hours
Wifi Connection add 20 euro for 7 days
Note: Public bathrooms cost 1.50 euro in Venice so if you choose not to add this to your card, you will want to make sure to have change with you as they often do not have change dispensers there. Even some of the museums and galleries charge for restroom use.
I hope this information helps you save a little bit of money on the little things in Venice so that you can spend more enjoying yourself and making the most of your time in this beautiful and totally unique Italian city.