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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 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.
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 Venezia Unica card ("Regular Users" version), which also offers substantial discounts on public transportation. To sign up, click here.
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