The great author Fran Lebowitz once said eloquently, "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you've imagined. Venice is - Venice is better.”. Venice may be better, but reading about the city is still required, particularly in regards to travel information. Below is some basic information to read up on before you go.
Generally speaking, Australian passport holders can holiday in Italy for up to 90 days without a visa. However, Australian passport holders looking to work in Venice must be granted a visa under the Working Holiday Maker visa program. Please note that these are just guidelines and that visa requirements can change. As such, always check with the Italian embassy before you travel.
Italy is part of the European Union and as such uses the Euro. The exchange rate between the Euro and the Australian Dollar changes constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip and purchase Euros when the time is right. For safe spending, particularly for larger purchases, consider bringing a credit card or a travel money card.
Despite it being an Italian city, Venetian cuisine tends to differ significantly from the rest of the country. While a love for pasta, particularly handmade ravioli and gnocchi, is shared with the rest of Italy, Venetian cuisine has more in common with its neighbouring Slavic countries and Austria. At the forefront of Venetian cooking is polenta, a cornmeal that is often grilled and served with fried meat and vegetables. Risotto is another signature dish with common recipes including mushrooms or seafood. Don't miss indulging in gelato while strolling the historic streets either!
Venice is far from the party capital it once was in the early 19th century. Stroll around the streets after 10pm and you'll struggle to find another person to talk to let alone share a drink with. But there are places to enjoy a fine night-time beverage in Venice. You just need to know where to look. Generally speaking, this means heading outside of the tourist areas. While travellers tend to retire early to rest their tired feet, locals congregate at unassuming day cafes in the Dorsoduro or the Cannaregio areas, turning them into hip night-time hangouts where dancing and drinking run late into the night.