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Mistake 4: Following the crowd

From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes

Waiting line - Basilica di San Marco

ABOVE: Waiting lines at popular attractions can cut into your vacation time, so bail out and explore Venice's quieter back streets when the mobs become unbearable.

Everybody who comes to Venice wants to see the Piazza San Marco, and for most people, deciding to visit St. Mark's Basilica is a no-brainer. Other monuments, museums, and attractions are iffier: Depending on your tastes, you may enjoy yourself more--and make better use of your time or money--by heading off the well-trodden path. For example:

Bottom line: Instead of following the crowds or a guidebook author's itinerary, follow your instincts and inclinations. Your best holiday memories are likely to come from watching daily life in Venice or discovering Venice's lesser-known sights on your own.

Next page: Mistake #5: Paying too much for transportation


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