Tips for visiting

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Venice is a picture-perfect city, from its history and art culture to its iconic gondola rides.

The city is one of the most famous European spots and is visited by millions annually.

To experience it in its complete form, you will need some tricks and travel tips for visiting Venice that will allow you to take a wonderful city trip.

Explore Venice for 2- 3 days

When visiting Venice, try and stay for at least two to three nights to explore the city.

This historically rich city has several places you cannot squeeze into a day trip.

Try exploring the unique city by water or foot at your own pace.

Carry light 

Carry light
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This city of water will timely allow you to travel through water, and you will often find yourself on and off boats.

We suggest carrying light to avoid dropping your luggage and save yourself from unnecessary stress and sweat.

Carry a map at all times

Carry a map at all times
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If you are planning to get somewhere in Venice, then it is wise to get yourself some time and carry a map with you always.

One can easily get lost and find it tricky to navigate with all the windy streets and hidden alleys.

Although getting lost in a city like Venice could be fun as you may surprise yourself by stumbling upon hidden corners.

However, we suggest turning around the old ways and carrying a map.

Get on a Gondola ride

It may seem cheesy, but leaving without riding a gondola may seem incomplete.

Gondolas are the icon of Venice as they offer a romantic adventure for tourists.

Make sure to take a ride, sit back and relax as the Gondolier steers you through the stunning waters of the Grand Canal.

Beware of public toilet fees

Beware of public toilet fees
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Public toilets in Venice are already limited in number and quite expensive too.

You will find the bathrooms clean and tidy so that you can use them without a doubt, but you will need to pay €1.50.

Toilets in some Museums and galleries are accessible, also don’t be surprised if you find unisex bathrooms, which are pretty standard in Venice.

Get careful with flooding in Venice

Get careful with flooding
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Being surrounded by water has consequences, so, during certain times of the year, Venice does experience flooding.

Although it’s not severe, as it only lasts a few hours, checking the forecast before planning the trip is a good idea.

It is important to note that only some parts of Venice experience floods, such as San Marco. 

Visit the local markets

Visit the local markets
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With bright, vibrant colors and diverse smells, Venice’s local markets pull you towards them.

Another of the best tips for visiting Venice is exploring the markets, which are a great way to get fresh local produce at cheaper rates.

Mercato di Rialto, Mercatino di San Giobbe and Mestre are some must-visit markets. 

Don’t miss the artisan shops

Don’t miss the artisan shops
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In an age where everything comes from large-scale machinery, it is refreshing to see small-scale artisans still practicing their art.

While exploring Venice, you will likely bump into several local artisans, and you are free to watch them as they go through their daily chores.

If you are a big fan of art, you can join their workshop to get an authentic Venetian experience. 

Beach visits are a must

Many are often surprised to know that Venice has a beach. 

Lido is a narrow land strip that separates the central Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea.

If the sun is boosting and the temperature is warm, you can head to the beach to take a well-deserved relaxing break by taking a dip in the sea.

Adriatic calming waves make it a great beach with rentable sunbeds, which makes it an excellent way to end your trip.

Know your watercraft options

The traditional way to travel around the city of water is by boat. 

Hence, it is essential to understand Venice travel tips and what kinds of and how transportation works in Venice.

There are four types of water transport that you will get through the city: Vaporetto ( Water buses), Motoscafo (water taxis), Traghetto and Gondolas.

Walk on the right side and avoid obstructing the bridge

Walk on the right side and avoid obstructing the bridge
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Venice is a city with citizens living there, but millions of tourists on the street can be an obstacle for the locals.

So, keeping to the right will ensure that the pedestrian flow goes smoothly, especially on narrow, curvy roads.

Bridges in Venice are the lifeline of communication as they connect various small islands to the main city center.

They also provide access to shops, houses and a convenient way for tourists to explore.

Therefore, the locals frown upon lingering around and obstructing the bridge, which can lead to heavy fines.

Avoid swimming in the Venetian Canals

Avoid swimming in the Venetian Canals
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Even though Venice is known as the city of water, swimming in the grand canal is not permissible.

This is for various reasons, as many boats crisscross Venice’s canal all day, making it unsuitable for swimmers.

Although beautiful and serene to look at, the water is pretty polluted.

We suggest you avoid sitting by the edges and dipping your feet in the water, as it is frowned upon by the locals.

Water taxis have a “difficulty fee”

Water taxis have a “difficulty fee”
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Water taxis are fun but may charge a difficulty fee if your hotel is on a corner that can be challenging to reach.

Another thing to know before visiting Venice is that when booking a water taxi, check your location beforehand.

Nightlife in Venice is a miss

Nightlife in Venice
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Compared to other Italian cities, the nightlife in Venice here could be better.

Most locals here work with tourists, run family businesses and pack up their things by 7 pm.

So, you can sleep early or head to famous sites in Venice to enjoy the beauty in the moonlight without any crowd.

Take a trip with a local

Take a trip with a local
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A trip with a local is the best way to explore the city of history and art.

As most parts of Venice are still a mystery, the best tip for visiting Venice is to go with someone who knows the city very well.

The walking tours are better done on the first day itself as they will help you prioritize the attractions you want to see first. 

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