Venice Connected is an e-commerce platform provided by the Venice municipality since 2009, aimed to regulate and foresee the tourist flow towards the lagoon town.
How does it work?
Basically if you purchase services through the related website before your arrival, you will be eligible for a number of discounts. Instead, people who do not take advantage of this online service, will be charged more for museums, transports, etc. It is a way to deter the last minute day-trippers in order to limit and regulate the number of tourists, especially in some periods of the year when Venice is packed with people.
What can you buy through this online platform?
You can book and buy online all the public services provided by the city of Venice, like parking lots, entrance to civic museums, vaporetti tickets (public water bus), wi fi connection and the use of some public restrooms.
At the end of the day you will save from 5% to 30%, according to the period of the year. Prices can vary as they are based upon a calendar related to the tourist sustainability index, based on the tourists flood.
How to purchase through this platform?
All you have to do is to go to the website and add to your cart whatever you need during your Venice stay, and build your customized package.
Eventually you will receive a PNR, that is a unique code, sort of a pass-key that you'll have to show before using the previously purchased service. This way you can avoid queues, saving time and money.
Important caveat: you can book at least up to 4 days before collecting the tickets. For example: do you need a ticket to a museum for May 22th? The online system allows you to book it just until May18th.
Second important caveat: in order to get lower prices, do book at least 7 days before your arrival.
More infos and booking on Venice Connected website.