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Mistake 10: Annoying the locals

From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes

anti-tourist graffiti in Venice

ABOVE: Anti-tourist graffiti on a Venetian wall. TOP INSET: Before sitting on a bollard, check for dogs.

Dog on ZattereOn the whole, Venetians are amazingly tolerant of the 16.5 million tourists who descend on their city of 60,000 inhabitants every year. We've seen locals wait patiently for tourists to finish taking photos on bridges, and visitors who ask for directions usually get help (even if it's just a wave of the hand and a polite "sempre dritto" or "straight ahead").

group blocking bridge on ZattereStill, there are times when the natives (usually older ladies) can appear surly, and it's easy to understand why: Too many tourists are thoughtless or clueless when they're away from home, or they lack the urban skills to coexist with other people in crowded settings. Typical annoying behaviors include:

Our advice: In a compact and often crowded city like Venice, being sensitive to  other people--especially in busy tourist areas--will make life more pleasant for locals and visitors alike.

Next page: Mistake #11: Not coming back


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