VENICE

VENICE

BOISTEROUS CHATTERS…BRIDGES…CANALS…NEON BLUE BEAMING IN SUNLIGHT…CAFES…ZIAZAG ALLEYS…GET LOST…SAINT MARK…THE LION…EXTRAVAGANT MASKS…SARDE IN SAOR…SUMMER NIGHTS…SEA BREEZE…IRRITATED LOCALS…HANDSOME GONDOLIERS…MURANO AND BURANO…

VENICE: SYNC INTO ITALY’S FLOATING CITY..SWIM IN ITS ROMANCE, WITH A SPLASH OF TOURISTIC CHAOS.

Italy is part of the Schengen Agreement, meaning that entering Italy from most other parts of the EU is pretty easy. There are no border checkpoints or customs. Document and customs checks remain standard if arriving from (or departing to) a non-Schengen country.

If you are an EU or Swiss citizen, you can travel to Italy with your national identity card alone. All other nationalities need a valid passport. Visas are not generally required if you are staying less than 90 days (or at all for EU citizens), for citizens of countries including, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the USA.

If you are entering Italy for more than 90 days or for any reason other than tourism (such as study or work) you may need a specific visa. See vistoperitalia.esteri.it or contact an Italian consulate for details.

Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Italy.

Although Venice is globally known as a romantic destination specifically for honeymooners, it’s also a great option for solo travelers thanks to its safety. You can even feel at ease speaking to strangers. It’s highly recommended that you spend a few days there so you can be well acquainted with the city.

The only worry you may have is to watch out for pickpockets in congested and touristic areas, just like in most Italian cities. If you stick around the canals and campos (city square), you can feel safe to walk around alone.

The best month to visit Venice is October. If you want a wider range, from September to November is the most ideal period when tourists don’t overwhelm the city. Temperature around this time span from high 30’s ºF to mid-70’s ºF., so make sure to pack some light layers of clothing.

Typically, July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 73 °F, and the coldest month is in January with temperature around 37 °F. Rainy season usually comes around June.

Italy is on Central European Time (CET) during most of the year, and Central European Summer Time (CET+1) during daylight savings time/the summer.

Italian is the main language of Italy, although many Italians also understand and speak English well, especially in restaurants, shops, and hotels in large cities. Here are a few words to get you through a trip.

Hello/Goodbye = Ciao (informal)

Good morning/Hello = Buongiorno

Good afternoon/Good evening = Buonasera

Goodbye = Arriverderci

Goodnight = Buonanotte

Yes = 

No = No

Please = Per favore

Thank you = Grazie (grah-tsee-eh)

You’re welcome = Prego

I’m sorry = Mi dispiace

Excuse me/I’m sorry = Scusa

Do you speak English? = Parla inglese?

I don’t speak Italian = Non parlo italiano

Venice is filled with tourists, and locals have been complaining for years. So here are some tips to keep those frowns away:

1. When walking, try to walk on the right. Since the alleys are so narrow and often congested with tourists, remember to always stay on the right side of the road and stick to a single file to allow other pedestrians freely pass by you. Keep in mind there are locals who are also busy carrying on with their daily routines by taking the same routes.

2. Try not to block the bridges. As you’ll probably be admiring the view, try not to cause a road block. Eating your meals on the bridge is definitely a no-no. In some areas in the city, public picnic is strictly banned, so if you’re hungry, stick to cafes or sit by the sea on a bench rather than on bridges.

3. When riding the gondola or ferries, don’t panic and stay cool. It may get crowded, but simply say “permesso” to excuse yourself.

Italy uses Euros (€) as their currency. You’ll be able to find ATMs everywhere throughout the country. Most places will accept credit cards but prefer you pay with cash. They also don’t like splitting the bill with multiple cards so keep that in mind if you’re with a group.

Tipping! It’s not necessary, as many places have a service charge already included in the bill.

Like the rest of Europe, Italy uses one of the two European standard electrical socket types, with voltage of 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts.) Your converter should look like this:

It’s safe to drink tap water in Venice. You’ll see that in most squares, there are fountains where you can refill your water bottles. Although other travelers have complained the taste of Italian water can lead to stomach cramps. If you have a sensitive condition, it’s better to buy bottled water.

According to Italian Insiderit’s illegal to swim in Venice’s busy waterways. For those who want to “cool off” by swimming in Venice’s canals, it comes with a heavy fine of 450 euros.

Wi-Fi is available in most places in Venice. Most restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels will have Wi-Fi. The Venice Marco Polo Airport also provide free Wi-Fi.

There are two types of taxis in Venice:

Water taxis – More expensive but very convenient. A ride from the airport can go as high as 100+ euros, but if you can share it with other passengers, then cost per person won’t be as bad.

Land taxis – The Piazzale Roma is as close to historic center as taxis can go, since cars aren’t allowed in most historic parts of Venice. From Piazzale Roma, you’ll need to reach to your hotel by water bus (vaporetto) or by foot. During your trip, you’ll be walking most of the time.

There isn’t Uber but you can try appTaxi.

Fortunately, Venice is very gay-friendly since homosexuality is legal in Italy. Anyone in the LGBTQ community can feel safe in the city, and the gay scene is very much meshed into the city so there isn’t one area that’s specifically dedicated for the community. It’s also highly recommended to take a day trip to Padua (Padova) for a night out and check out the bars and clubs scene. Definitely don’t miss out on the saunas.

The San Marco bell tower, or campanile, was built in the 12th century and collapsed in 1902. The tower was rebuilt to be exactly the same as the previous one. It is 98.6 meters tall, making it the fifth tallest bell tower in Italy.

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