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Hi

Going to Venice Tuesday for a few days , how expensive is it ? Been told it’s £15 for a coke , £30 for a craft of wine , a main course pasta dish it £30 is this true ?

Thanks

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I have certainly never paid those prices in Venice. It might be true of some places in certain locations, but it is certainly not true of the entire city.

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No you are wrong, Venice can be as reasonable as you like. If you decide to drink in piazza San Marco then yes the price is high. Avoid the main tourist traps and you will be fine. Cappuccino €2-4 off the beaten track with table service. Pasta on average €7-10 for the more simple dishes. Coke don't drink it so I can't say. But generally imported drinks cost more. Buy a water bottle and re fill from the free water fountains around the city. Research before you go on places to eat, bars etc. Fondamenta misericordia, Santa Margherita. Gelato is about €1.50 a scoop....

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It might be if you sit down at one the cafes in St Mark's Square, but not if you get away from the major thyristor spots.

However, Venice tends to more expensive than many other places, because it costs so much to gets goods in and rubbish out. Trucks carrying supplies have to stop at Tronchetto, where the supplies get transferred to a goods boat. The boat gets as close as it can to the shop or restaurant, and then everything has to be man-handled on trolleys.

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Yes, as Nick and his text completing phone advise, stay well away from the thyristors. Not the couple you want to tangle with

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyristor

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May be on the high end of the cafe World but not where normal people eat and drink.

Btw, I find London to be much pricy than Venice.

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I must have chosen the wrong word off my spell check .....

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Venice is more expensive than some places but that is to be expected as getting things in and around has extra logistical challenges. We’ve been going for over 20 years and only paid near those prices for special drinks in St Mark’s Square which we expected.

The following from our trip in January, and they’d changed little since our trip the year before should give you an idea of what to expect.

Coffee (espresso at the bar) €1-1,30

Hot chocolate (with cream at the bar) €4-4,50

Spritz (at the bar) €2,50-3

Sfuso (open wine bought from a wine shop - take your own bottle along) €2,50-5 per litre

Water (bottle in a restaurant) €2,50-3

Wine (bottle of house wine in a restaurant) €5-7

Tramezzino (sandwich in white bread without crusts) €1,70

Chichetti (Venetian snacks / finger food to have a nibble with a drink - meatballs, various fried fish / vegetables, crostini etc) €1-3

Pizza €8-12

Primi (pasta) €10-17

Secondo (main) €14-25

A couple of points to note. The price given for coffee, hot chocolate and spritz are drinking at the bar (al banco). Prices if sitting are normally higher - you are served at the table and can stay as long as you want. The extra can be a Euro on top of the bar price or significantly more, just be aware if you are on a budget.

Restaurants have the menu outside so you can check that the food and price suits.

As Rosa said take a water bottle and fill it from the water fountains- there are plenty.

Enjoy your trip

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I’m averaging €25-40 for a meal with 1 or 2 courses and usually mineral water to drink. No alcohol. A ham and cheese toasted sandwich at Caffe Florian is €11. A ginger ale there is also €11. A bottle of still water (not at a table) is usually €1-2. Just paid €2 at the cafe at Doge’s Palace.

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With some research Venice does not have to be that expensive, to eat get away from the Tourist hot spots, except the Rialto area which can be very reasonable,

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Post no 7 is a good guide to what you can expect if you avoid the most expensive areas. Poster no 8 was paying more, but s/he was choosing to eat and drink in more expensive places. The historic and world-famous Caffe Florian is a wonderful place, but not if you're on a budget!