Yes, unless you get drunk and drown in a canal. (A few years
ago, Durant saw a body floating in a neighborhood canal after the last night of
Venice's narrow alleys may look creepy at night, but violent crime is extremely rare. Unless your travel
companion is a Midsomer Murders villain or you pick a fight in a bar,
you're unlikely to be a victim.
Pickpockets, purse-grabbers, and luggage thieves are another
story. Like other major cities and tourist meccas, Venice attracts its share of
skilled thieves who know how to pick a pocket or lift a handbag before melting
into the crowd.
If you're a victim of theft, you probably won't get your item
back, but you can file a report (which you'll need for insurance purposes) at
the nearest police station. Ask your hotel concierge or receptionist to point
you in the right direction.
What are the local emergency phone numbers?
Call 112, which is now the
central emergency number for police, fire-department, and medical services. For
more details (and alternative numbers), see The EU's
112 in Italy page.
If you'd rather call an ambulance directly, phone 118.
For medical emergencies that don't require an ambulance, the
Ospedale SS. Giovanne e Paolo is your best
bet. The main pedestrian entrance is on the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo (north of
the Piazza San Marco near the Fondamente Nove; follow the "Ospedale" signs in
the streets.) The hospital's emergency entrance is on the water, next to the
Ospedale waterbus stop. (Boat lines 4.1., 4.2, 5.1, 5.2.)
In Mestre, go to the Ospedale
dell'Angelo, a huge modern hospital on a railroad line just outside
of town. From downtown Mestre, the hospital is accessible by train, bus 24H, or taxi.
For minor illnesses and injuries, or for dental emergencies, ask
your hotel concierge or receptionist for a referral.
Does Venice have a central lost-and-found office?
No. If you lost an object on a train, for example, you'll need
to visit or phone the
lost-property office at Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station.
Visit-Venice-Italy.com has a
list of lost-and-found offices in Venice and Mestre that may be helpful.
Do I need to worry about scams?
The classic "shell game"
isn't unknown, and you may be approached by activists (whether real or
fake) who ask you to sign a petititon against drugs before requesting a
donation. Just ignore the touts or say "No, thanks."
You're more likely to fun afoul of what we regard as a municipal scam:
Horrendous fines for seemingly innocuous activities like sitting on a wall
or feeding seagulls. Read our article on
tourist fines to avoid problems.