Venice – Top 10 non-touristy things to do.

If you are considering visiting Venice on holiday but aren’t too keen on the touristy aspects of the city, keep reading. We are going to share 10 of the best non-touristy things to do/see in Venice in 2019.

Venice is one of those cities where you can get lost and still know where you are. The city itself is easily navigable and the people are friendly and always willing to offer advice and directions. In fact, that is why Venice is Italy’s top tourist destinations and one of the EU’s top 10 tourist destinations as well.


Top 10 Non-Touristy Things To Do/See In Venice

 Winter In Venice

You will have plenty of time to plan ahead for your winter in Venice holiday if you plan ahead with Mesmo. Winter in Venice can best be described as breathtakingly beautiful and serene. With the morning mist and the evening fog bookending your days, off-season Venice offers the least touristy experience possible. Fast track and skip lines to museums and events with


If you like the charm of a small fishing village, cobblestone streets and canals lined with multi-coloured houses, Burano is right for you. You will find fewer tourists and more locals which will make your holiday more relaxing and memorable. 


Evening At St. Marks

St. Marks Basilica at night is not only beautiful and mesmerising, it is also incredibly quiet and peaceful. Especially nice if you have dealt with tourist spots all day.

Glass Making In Murano

The island of Murano is famous for its many skilled glass makers. While the tourists are visiting the shops to purchase their souvenirs, take a behind the scene tour instead and try your hand at glass making with a local workshop.

Take A Mud Bath

Specially aged mud provides a therapeutic effect that can leave you feeling rejuvenated. Abano and Montegrotto Terme offer fangotherapy(healing mud baths) that are the perfect beginning to your day!


Become A Gondolier

Travelling by  gondola through Venice’s many canals can be fun, but why not pilot the gondola yourself? Take an hour long gondolier class and add it to your list of unusual skills.

Get e-tickets on Mesmo to skip lines to museums such as Palazzo Mocenigo

Visit The Home Of Romeo & Juliet

Verona is just under two hours from Venice and anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare’s famous play, knows that this is the home of Romeo & Juliet. See the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti and the Giardino Giusti while avoiding the tourist spots.

A Punch-Up At Ponte dei Pugni

Ponte dei Pugni, or the Bridge of Fists, used to be where Venetians would come to settle scores with those who have wronged them. The goal was to beat your opponent and knock them into the cold, sewage filled waters below.

Quarantine Island

Lazzaretto Nuovo, Venice’s answer to the plague, served as away station of sorts where ships’ crews could be checked for signs of the black death. Today, the island is open to the public, but it isn’t very popular with the tourist crowd.

Hotel Monaco

While not as unusual as the other sights and stops on our list, you still have to find a place to sleep while in Venice and the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is one of the city’s best. Facing the lagoon and close to many popular attractions including Santa Maria della Salute church, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal is located in a newly refurbished historic building.

Happy Travels and planning to Venice!


Lisbon has many hotels and airbnb's

Stay In A Hotel Or An Airbnb? Which type of accommodation should you go for on your next trip.

Should you stay in an hotel or AirBnb style accommodation? This is our take on why hotels might be the best option for your next trip.

Other than food and transportation, accommodations are one of the most crucial components of any trip. In this digital age, there are many new accommodation options available for travellers. Hotels and Airbnb’s are two primary options that you can choose from for accommodations on your next trip. An Airbnb may have a number of distinct advantages, but there are many important reasons why you might still want to stay in a hotel. Let’s take a closer look at some of them now.


Whether it’s a well-planned trip or a sudden, impulsive weekend getaway, hotels often have better availability. Many hotels more than 300 rooms and you can often get a room even during peak season.


There are many variables that affect your experience. From cleanliness to restaurant service to room service, hotels are much more consistent. Major hotel chains and even independent smaller hotels often have consistent service quality, whether you are in Copenhagen or Aruba.   


Security measures tend to vary widely among Airbnb providers. There are also more frequent horror stories related to safety issues of Airbnb accommodations. On the other hand, hotels are a relatively enclosed property with security guards, surveillance systems and trained staff. In many hotels, you can’t even use elevators without the room key.  


Amenities tend to vary more among Airbnb’s. When staying in a hotel, you can expect to get Wi-Fi, in-hotel restaurant, housekeeping, fitness centres, swimming pools, clean bathroom and room service.


Things sometimes don’t go as expected. If a TV is not working or you lose your key, it’s more likely that hotel staff are more responsive. Just by calling the concierge, most issues can be solved immediately. 


Many hotel staffs are educated in tourism colleges, but they also have real-life experience in hotels. They know the ins and outs of hotel management and how to treat guests. 

Loyalty Programs

Many hotel chains offer loyalty programs with points that you can redeem for upgrades, free nights and other deals. 


From all you can eat breakfast buffets to fine dining, you can get easier access to food when staying at hotel. If you don’t have time to get meals outside, staying at hotels will make things a lot easier for you. While Airbnb rooms often have kitchen and fridge, you will need to shop for food and cook it.

Social Impact

Airbnb has had a profound impact on the ability of locals to purchase or rent accommodation in their own cities. The effects of this can be seen in cities such as Barcelona or Lisbon, where many locals are being pushed out of prime locations due to cost. Hotels on the other hand, help to maintain a healthy balance between locals and visitors. If you are going to book an AirBnb, our advice is to choose an accommodation where you share the space with the host and not the ‘Whole Homes’ selections, which have large repercussions on the locals.

How do you like to travel? Do you prefer hotels or Airbnb? offers a variety of accommodation both hotels and short-term private apartments and houses. To compare rates in over 800,000 properties click or register on Mesmo’s homepage to book our Community Member Hotels. This is where we have selected a number of handpicked hotels around the world offering extra perks and discounts to Mesmo’s growing community.

Happy travels!