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Mistake 2: Staying in the wrong location

From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes

Luggage porter in Venice

UPHOTO: Unless you travel light, pick your hotel's location carefully.

We often get e-mails that read like these paraphrased examples:

"My 80-year-old father and 76-year-old mother, who uses a cane, have booked a prepaid room at a two-star hotel near the Rialto Bridge. Is there an easy way for them to get to their cruise ship's shuttle bus at the Piazzale Roma without walking?"

"We have a 6:30 a.m. flight from Marco Polo Airport. Will we have a problem reaching the airport from a hotel on Giudecca at that hour?"

Calatrava BridgeIn Venice, where moving around the city usually requires walking (with many footbridges to cross) or taking slow, expensive, and often crowded vaporetti or water buses, it makes sense to stay near a convenient arrival and departure point--especially if you're traveling with anything heavier than a carry-on bag.

Don't let a travel agent who's unfamilar with Venice make a booking decision for you, and don't choose a hotel just because the rate looked good on Orbitz or Expedia.

Albergo signOur articles about hotels for air travelers, hotels near the railroad station, and hotels for cruise passengers are worth reading before you choose a place to sleep. Even if you don't stay at a hotel that we feature, these articles will help you learn which areas are handy to airport transportation, the train station, or the cruise terminals. (If you have a fast Internet connection, our Venice Hotel Maps will also be useful.)

Next page: Mistake #3: Commuting from the mainland

Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy:
1. Hit-and-run visits
2. Staying in the wrong location
3. Commuting from the mainland
4. Following the crowd
5. Paying too much for transportation
6. Taking unnecessary tours
7. Overpacking
8. Buying useless souvenirs
9. Being careless with valuables
10. Annoying the locals
11. Not coming back

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