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From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes
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:
The Rialto Bridge is an impressive sight, and you'll appreciate the views of the Grand Canal from its balustrades. Still, that doesn't mean you need to imitate the lemming-like crowds who linger around souvenir stands and have lunch at tourist restaurants near the bridge. You'll get a better feel for Venice (and suffer fewer bruises from other tourists' elbows) by heading inland from the Grand Canal and exploring typical Venice neighborhoods.
If paying 15 euros for a small glass of peach juice with sparkling wine doesn't appeal to you, don't feel obligated to join the tourists of Temple Fielding's generation who splurge on Bellinis at Harry's Bar. (While you're at it, avoid the Hard Rock Café unless you're desperate for a t-shirt.)
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
|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|
|8. Buying useless souvenirs|
|9. Being careless with valuables|
|10. Annoying the locals|
|11. Not coming back|
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