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Venice Wi-Fi Network

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By Durant Imboden

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.

Venice municipal wi-fi network

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 Wi-Fi antennasIn 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 August, 2018. (To get these discount rates, you'll need to sign up in advance. Note, too, that you can use only one Wi-Fi device at a time with your connection.)

For more information, see Venezia Unica's Wi-Fi page, then buy Wi-Fi online under "Buy / Parking and Services" on the Venezia Unica Web site.

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