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.
Where to find Wi-Fi in Venice:
In 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 drink.
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.