Basic Information about Venice

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One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Venice has won the hearts of travelers for centuries. 

It is a city filled with stunning architecture, appealing water and sparkling lagoons inviting millions of tourists annually.

You may have heard everything, but here is some basic information about Venice that will help you through the city more easily.

History of Venice

Venice is no doubt one of the top cities in Italy; It came up after the fall of the Roman empire in the west.

The refugees who fled the mainland found their homes on the island of the lagoons.

Venice’s history is quite wealthy, from Doge’s rulings to the famous piazza, which has resulted in a mixture of iconic styles.

You can spot Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles in the city.

Famous MonumentsEstablished Dates
St. Mark’s Square1094
Doge’s Palace1424
Rialto Bridge1591
Piazza San Marco1537

Culture of Venice

Culture in Venice
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The culture of Venice, or Venezia as the people call it, symbolizes the richness of art and history the city has to offer.

Since old times, people have been highly committed to refining the art, philosophy, poetry and architecture which reflects today’s Venice.

Venice is also famous for its gondolas and carnival, perfectly representing the city’s culture.

Widely known as one the most influential cities in Europe, Venice is a place where one can enjoy the uniqueness and zest for life through its culture.

Geography

Geography of Venice
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The city is located in the northwestern part of Italy and is the Veneto region’s capital.

Venice resides on 119 islands separated by canals but linked through several bridges.

Various parts of Venice are known for their beauty, architecture and artwork. 

The lagoon of the Veneto region is a world heritage site.

Currency

Currency
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Like most western Europe, Venice uses Euros as its official currency.

Although the money of Italy was Lira, it ceased in 2002 as Euro came into the country.

It would be best to carry cash with you when you visit Venice, as sometimes cards are not accepted, especially in small exchanges.

Spoken languages 

Spoken languages
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The official language of Venice and other parts of Italy is Italian.

Another basic information about Venice is that the locals speak Venetian in some parts of the Veneto region.

Even though most hotels or restaurants speak English, you need to update yourself with some Italian phrases to communicate with the locals in a better way.

Local Laws

Local Laws
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Venice is one of the most crowded places, with millions of tourists every year, which leads to some strict laws regarding visitors.

Some rules include prohibiting swimming in the canals, walking bare-chested and standing still on the bridge.

Feeding pigeons is also frowned upon as the people believe they tend to ruin the artistic beauty of Venice.

Some other rules that are strictly prohibited:

  • Standing at storefronts
  • Sleeping on public benches
  • Consuming drinks after 8 pm on the streets
  • Putting padlocks on bridges
  • Wearing a bikini
  • Riding a bicycle in the city center
  • Carrying or walking a bike in the city center 
  • Picnicking
  • Buying from street traders

Parking laws

Parking laws
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Even though Venice is known for gondolas, it has plenty of space for driving cars as well as for parking them.

There are four specific types of parking in the city: near a historic center, on the mainland, at the Lido di Venezia and Marittima cruise basins. 

Another one of the best options for parking is at the public garages at Mestre and Tronchetto.

The parking costs for the garages range from 3 euros for an hour to 21 euros for 24 hours. 

Tourists must be careful of the “Zona Traffico limitato” or ZTL signs or face hefty fines.

Helpful phone number

Helpful number
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You can access various useful numbers free of charge in case of emergencies. 

39 is the international country code for Venice.

Here’s a list of these numbers:

112 is the unique European telephone number used in emergencies.

You can also use the same number to reach ambulance services, firefighters and police. 

Dial 118 to call ambulance services in the city.

To access the Municipality of Venice in case of road safety and traffic control, you can dial +39 041 2747070.

In case of coast guard emergencies, dial 1530.

Safety

Safety
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Venice’s narrow alley may seem creepy, but the city’s violent crimes are relatively rare.

Pickpockets, purse grabbers and luggage thieves are comparatively active, but you can file a report with the Police.

Also, stay away from the activists that make you sign a sheet in the name of the prevention of drugs before asking for a donation.

Tipping 

Tipping
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Here is another basic information about Venice.

Tipping is the most confusing aspect for tourists in Venice.

Most restaurants add a 12% service charge called coperto, which means place setting in Italian.

However, it is important to note that this tipping goes to the owner of the restaurant rather than its staff.

You can avoid tipping when a service charge is included in the bill.

But when it is missing, you can leave a 12% charge with the bill amount.

Also, if you are happy with the service, add a 5 to 10% tip to the account.

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