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Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy
(and how to avoid them)



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UPHOTO: Unless you travel light, pick your hotel's location carefully.

Mistake 2: Staying in the wrong location.

We often get e-mails that read like these paraphrased examples:

"My 80-year-old father and 76-year-old mother, who uses a cane, have booked a prepaid room at a two-star hotel near the Rialto Bridge. Is there an easy way for them to get to their cruise ship's shuttle bus at the Piazzale Roma without walking?"

"We have a 6:30 a.m. flight from Marco Polo Airport. Will we have a problem reaching the airport from a hotel on Giudecca at that hour?"

  • Our reply: "You'd be much better off staying near the Piazzale Roma and catching the 5:00 a.m. ATVO airport bus, which would get you to the airport in 20 minutes."

Calatrava BridgeIn Venice, where moving around the city usually requires walking (with many footbridges to cross) or taking slow, expensive, and often crowded vaporetti or water buses, it makes sense to stay near a convenient arrival and departure point--especially if you're traveling with anything heavier than a carry-on bag.

Don't let a travel agent who's unfamilar with Venice make a booking decision for you, and don't choose a hotel just because the rate looked good on Orbitz or Expedia.

Albergo signOur articles about hotels for air travelers, hotels near the railroad station, and hotels for cruise passengers are worth reading before you choose a place to sleep. Even if you don't stay at a hotel that we feature, the articles will help you learn which areas are handy to airport transportation, the train station, or the cruise terminals.

Tips:

  • Our full-page, interactive Venice Hotel Maps are the quickest way to find a hotel near public transportation. (They're based on Google satellite-photo maps, but we've enlarged and edited them by hand with mapping software to make our maps easier to use--and more accurate--than Google's own maps or the maps on hotel-booking sites.)

  • If you're in a hurry or using a smartphone, see the QuickVenice Hotel Guide at our companion site, QuickVenice.com.

Next page: Mistake #3: Commuting from the mainland



 


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