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Venezia Unica tourist pass

The "tourist" version of the Venezia Unica pass (formerly called "Venice Connected" and "Venice Card") can save you money on municipal museums and churches, but it's less convenient to buy and use than most city passes.

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ABOVE: Visitors enjoy the view from the stern of a No. 1 vaporetto on the Grand Canal.

Over the years, Venice's tourist authorities have sold several different city passes for tourists. One, the Venice Card, was discontinued in 2009; a more recent version, Venice Connected, was replaced by the Venezia Unica City Pass in December, 2013.

The new pass is confusing because it comes in two versions:

  • A "tourist" version for short-term visitors, and...

  • A "frequent users" version for residents, students, and long-term or frequent visitors.

In this article, we'll focus on the "tourist" version. (If you're planning on staying in Venice for several weeks or longer, see our Venezia Unica Pass for frequent users article.)

What you get:

The Venezia Unica tourist pass is a stored-value "culture card" that gives free admission to the Doge's Palace and a number of museums without standing in a ticket line.

In addition, you get discounts at various other museums and exhibitions in Venice.

The pass is good for seven days from the first day of use.

Optional services:

  • If you wish, you can add an ACTV Tourist Travel Card, which allows unlimited travel by public transit for one to seven days. (This is the same Tourist Travel Card that you can buy for the same price at any ACTV office or ticket machine.)

  • Another option is public transportation by bus or water bus from Venice Marco Polo Airport.

  • You can also buy access to the municipal Venice Wi-Fi Network for 24 hours, 72 hours, or a week. Rates are reasonable if you order the service before your trip. (Note that the "culture card" component isn't needed to buy Wi-Fi access.)

  • Access to city's outrageously-priced public toilets can also be purchased in combination with the Venezia Unica pass.

2014 prices:

  • The full "Adult Pack" (not including transportation or other options) costs €39,90.

  • Younger visitors from 6 through 29 years of age can get the full package for €29,90.

  • A "San Marco" pack with fewer museums and churches is €24,90 (age 6 through adult).

Our advice:

Unless you're planning to visit a lot of museums and churches, the tourist version of the Venezia Unica pass probably isn't worth the cost or the bother. Still, if you want more information, see the card's official Web site at:

VeneziaUnica.it

 
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