Venice Wi-Fi Network
Many travelers find it
hard to live without Wi-Fi these days. Being able to connect to the Internet
with a notebook, netbook, or smart phone is obviously handy for travel planning,
and--just as important--avoiding data-roaming charges with an iPhone, or using
Skype with a laptop, can make it cheaper to keep in touch with home.
ABOVE: A screen capture from the Comune di
Venezia's interactive Wi-Fi map. The areas highlighted in green (such as the
S-shaped Grand Canal) have wireless signals. INSET BELOW: Wi-Fi antennas
above a city street.
Where to find Wi-Fi in Venice:
Venice, some hotels offer free Wi-Fi, and--if you're lucky--you may run across a
bar or café that will supply you with a guest name and password when you buy a
Some Internet points also offer Wi-Fi access,
though fees are often high (typically €2 to €3 for 30 minutes of access). The
best deal in town, however, is the Comune di Venezia's "Cittadinanza Digitale"
public Wi-Fi network. Advance-purchase rates for visitors were €5 for 24 hours,
€15 for 72 hours, and
€20 for seven days when we last
checked in January, 2013. (To get these discount rates, you'll need to sign up
at at least a week in advance.)
For more information, or to book Wi-Fi
access, see the
Wireless Internet Connection
page at Veniceconnected.com.
Venice's Cittadinanza Digitale Wi-Fi network doesn't cover
the whole city: Service is available primarily in the major squares, or
campi, on a few major pedestrian thoroughfares like the Zattere and Via
Garibaldi, and along the Grand Canal. Zoom in on the
official map to see access points in the historic center, on the Lido di
Venezia, and on the mainland.
If you'll be in Venice to study or work for an extended
period, you can register to use the city's Wi-Fi
network free of charge after purchasing the
imob.venezia card (which also offers
substantial discounts on public transportation). You'll need a mobile-phone
number and your imob card number to sign up. For more information, see the
FAQ and the non-resident enrollment form on the city of Venice's
Digital Citizenship site.
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