Planning & Practical Info
orientation covers the basics (including the city's layout) for first-time
Five Myths About Venice
Is Venice's aquatic elegance tarnished by tourists, horrendous prices, smelly
canals, and Vesparazzi? Is the city likely to sink while you're asleep?
Arriving in Venice
Tips on reaching the city center from Marco Polo airport, the railroad station,
and mainland highways.
Planning your trip to Venice
When to come, how long to stay, the most convenient ways to reach the city, and
which guidebooks are indispensable.
Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in
(And how to avoid them.) Our
illustrated article isn't just a list--it's packed with useful advice.
Venice Street Signs
Local place names don't always correspond to map and guidebook spellings, so
know how to interpret signs in Venetian dialect.
Flights from Venice
If you're departing at dawn, read our advice on where to spend your last
night and how to reach the airport in the morning.
Venice wasn't built with wheelchair travel in mind, but it's easier to get around than you
Baggage Storage - Left Luggage
Here's a list of places where you can store suitcases before or after
your arrival or departure at the airport, railway station, bus and taxi
terminal, or cruise terminal.
Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a
self-drive P©nichette from Locaboat Holidays.
Currency and Credit Cards
Money in Venice
Here's what you need to know about getting cash, exchanging currency,
and using credit cards.
Enjoy unlimited travel on public transportation plus
other benefits such as free use of public toilets, local discounts, and
admission to leading museums.
Learn about the Venetian Ghetto, the Jewish Museum, and kosher hotels and
Venice for Families
Churches, art museums, and walking tours may not be to every child's taste, but
Venice does have its share of attractions for very young tourists.
High tide, low atmospheric pressure, and a scirocco wind can make Venice
feel like Atlantis. Our illustrated article tells what to expect and how to
prepare for "high water."
Venice Wi-Fi Network
The Comune di Venezia has hot spots along the Grand Canal and in many
campi. You can use them for a small daily or weekly fee.
MiFi Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot
Rent a pocket-size device that includes
unlimited Wi-Fi bandwidth for up to five smartphones, tablets, computers,
etc. at once. (Unfortunately, it's available only to residents of the U.S.
Check your e-mail, browse the Web, burn images from your digital camera onto a
CD, and get a Venice for Visitors reader discount at Mauro Pregolato's
Internet point in Castello.
Whether you call them laundromats, launderettes, self-service
laundries, or lavanderie, they're in short supply. We tell you where
they are and how to reach them.
The Best Tourist Maps
Illustrated reviews of a detailed city map, an indexed street atlas, a handy
pocket map, and two regional maps for motorists and boating buffs.
Piazza San Marco by the
Use the figures in the photo to identify the major landmarks around St. Mark's
St. Mark's Basin by the
Follow the numerals to find the Salute Church, the island of Giudecca, and other
Orsoni Mosaic Courses
Learn mosaic technique or portraiture at a studio run by an
internationally-renowned glass foundry. (Courses last from 3 to 14 days, and
you can book a room at Orsoni's own B&B.)
Hotel Cipriani's 'Gondola
The luxury hotel's Casanova Beauty and Wellness Center
offers a boat-and-massage combination for hurried, harried, and well-heeled
Venice's Public Toilets
They can be crowded and hard to find, and the fee to pee is shockingly high, so think twice before drinking
that second liter of Perroni or Pellegrino.
A Fishy Experience
A reader complains of a high restaurant bill, and we tell what to do
(and where to call) in the unlikely event that you're fleeced by a local tourist business.
A Venice Wedding
Before you tie the knot, let an expert help you cut the red tape.
Honeymoon in Venice
Who needs a heart-shaped bathtub in the Poconos when there's a singing gondolier
beneath the terrace of your bridal suite?
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