The colorful island of Burano. Photo credit: Amanda Ruggeri.
Amanda Ruggeri wrote this guest post on green travel in Venice. She writes for the Walks of Italy blog which includes travel tips, food, and fun facts on destinations across Italy.
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Venice might be the world’s most famous city built on water—and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful.
Want to make sure your trip helps Venice? Here are some tips for traveling greener in La Serenissima:
SLEEP: To get the most of the city’s flavor, and to give back to its local economy, book into one of Venice’s many independently-owned hotels and B&Bs. Consider staying in one of Venice’s more authentic neighborhoods. One lovely hotel that ticks both boxes is the Palazzo Cendon, located in a 15th-century palazzo on the Cannaregio Canal. For those on a budget, the B&B Le Mansarde, also in Cannaregio, gets high marks.
Seafood at Gatto Nero. Photo credit: Amanda Ruggeri.
EAT: When eating in Venice, get as far off the tourist path as possible. One of our favorite restaurants, Trattoria al Gatto Nero, actually happens to be on the island of Burano. While it takes a little more effort to get to, the payoff—super-fresh seafood fished from the lagoon, at a much better value than anything you’d find on Venice itself—is more than worth it!
DO: Explore the other islands in the Venetian lagoon, not just Venice. One favorite is Burano, a working fisherman’s island that’s famous for its brightly-colored buildings and lace-making tradition. Murano, home to all of Venice’s glass factories since the 14th century, is also well worth a stop to see how this tradition has been elevated to an art form.
SHOP: Support the best of Venetian tradition by shopping at stores like Mondo Novo off Campo Santa Margherita, where craftsman Guerrino Lovato brings his beautiful Venetian mask designs to life. On Murano, we especially like the New Murano Glass Factory, whose handcrafted work is so exquisite that Picasso chose to work exclusively with them for his glass designs.
A classic Venice scene. Photo credit: Italian State Tourist Board.
GET AROUND: Since Venice is a city of canals, there aren’t any cars or buses here. But that doesn’t mean you can’t “green” your transport even more! Walking is always a good bet, but when you have to get down a canal quickly, a vaporetto—or water bus—is the cheapest and (aside from a gondola!) greenest way to go. Although water taxis are the most convenient method of transport, they can be very expensive so try to get a group of a few people together to maximize your dollar.
Read Ruggeri’s Rome Green Guide.