Mistake 1: Hit-and-run visits
From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes
The manager of a five-star hotel once told us that, on average, people who book rooms in Venice stay for only 2.8 nights. Below the luxury level, the typical hotel visit may be even shorter: Guests who reserve through Venere, our discount booking partner, average only 2.1 nights in the city.
What's more, those statistics ignore the day-trippers who represent most of the estimated 16.5 million tourists who come to Venice each year (often for just a quick jaunt from a tour bus or cruise ship to the Piazza San Marco, with a stop at the souvenir stands near the Rialto Bridge).
Visitors from far-flung places like the United States, Canada, Australia, or Japan frequently try to cram too many cities and towns into a one- or two-week vacation. That's a big mistake, for several reasons:
If you're coming to Venice, try to stay for a week or longer.
At the very least, spend three days in the historic center, and allow an extra day if you want to tour the outlying (and interesting) islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
Who knows--maybe you'll end up joining the ranks of Venetophiles who can't get enough of Venice and discover new things about the city with every visit.
Next page: Mistake #2: Staying in the wrong location.