Walking in Venice
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ABOVE: Official signs point to the
San Tomà traghetto stop, the Rialto Bridge, and the Piazza San Marco--but if you look
carefully, you'll notice that the left-pointing arrows were added by vandals.
directional signs--normally yellow, but sometimes white--are easy to find if you
look up at buildings as you walk down streets or wander around campi
signs point to such major destinations as
San Marco (the piazza
markets), Accademia (the bridge and art
(the railroad station), and
Piazzale Roma (the
transportation hub where you can catch
taxis, or the People Mover to the
Tronchetto parking garage and the
Marritima cruise terminal.)
signs direct you to vaporetto stops or
traghetto piers (where you can catch inexpensive
gondola ferries across the Grand Canal).
addition to official signs, you'll see many homemade signs that shopkeepers and
residents have painted or tacked up on buildings to help lost tourists.
Don't obsess about plotting a route from point A to points
B, C, and D: Just follow the arrows to the section of town that you're trying to
reach. You can look at your map again when you're closer to our final
Sometimes, a sign may have arrows in two directions.
This simply means that you can get to the destination by parallel routes. (But
watch out for the occasional yellow sign that's been tampered with: An extra
arrowhead may be legitimate, but it could be a prank to confuse tourists.
When in doubt, ignore add-ons.)
Signs in streets and
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