Venice with its narrow, labyrinthine streets and snaking canals, hundreds of elegant marble bridges above cascading, dainty gondolas, is indeed, a tranquilizing city. Venice is the only city in the world, where you will find yourself gliding across a lagoon in a water taxi, within minutes of landing at the airport. Admire the Venetian architectural fervor, along the Grand Canal, such as the Doge’s Palace, Santa Maria della Salute, and others like Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Basilica di San Marco, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, and I Gesuiti. A visit to the lively Jewish quarter, Bridge of Sighs, medical library of Sala San Marco, the magical Orsoni Colour Library, and Punta della Dogana Museum, will leave you awestruck. Discover the hidden Venetian gems like Musica a Palazzo (a secret supper club), Casino Venier, and Libreria Acqua Alta (an extraordinary bookshop). Although tourists outnumber locals these days, Venice never loses the ability to mesmerize.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Venice
Where to Shop
Venice is a shopaholic’s paradise. In the northernmost section, Cannaregio, you will come across boutiques to family-owned stores selling artwork, books and Judaica, alongside bakeries and kosher cafes. If you want to take a bottle or two of organic wines, head to Vino Vero, a neighborhood favorite. Glass is widely available in forms of jewelry, glass sculptures to kitschy figurines in the island of Murano. You can choose a papier-mâché mask from the range of Commedia dell'Arte characters to fantasy numbers and sci-fi creations - or customize your own at a Ca’ Macana’s mask-making workshop around Dorsoduro. A basic Bauta model starts at about €32. Legatoria Piazzesi on San Marco is known for its hand-printed wrapping papers, pencil holders, diaries, correspondence boxes, notebooks, folders, stationery and other decorative items. A sheet of wrapping paper is priced at about €5.90. If you want to take home exotic grocery items and Venetian specialties like a bigoli, visit Drogheria Mascari, near the Rialto market. To pick up some souvenirs, shop from the souvenir shops around the Grand Canal. The smaller shops negotiate prices with shoppers.
What to Eat
Abide by the locals’ lead in the City of Water to relish its rich seafood, savory cicchetti and creamy gelato. A bar crawl is the ideal way to try Venetian bacari. Pop in for cicchetti (small snacks) and ombra (a small glass of wine). Have a good start with Polpette (pork rissoles). Do not miss out on minced salmon, deliciously cooked tuna alongside chopped cucumber, and sea bass with tomatoes. Other must-haves include a Spritz, Sarde in saór (sardines in onion marinade), Francobollo (tiny white-bread sandwich stuffed with radicchio, sliced meats, and roasted vegetables), Crudi (Venetian-style sushi), Folpetti (baby octopus) salad, roasted pistachio, and Venetian pasta and seafood risotto.
A Few Venetian Words
The Venetians generally speak Venetian (a dialect of Italian), and Modern Italian. Knowing English, German, Spanish, or French will help you get around smoothly. However, here are some of the Venetian phrases you could learn before flying to Venice.
• Hello or goodbye:
• A narrow street:
• How much is this?:
Cuanto cóstelo? / Cuanto el vièn cuesto?
• Where's the toilet?:
Dove xelo el bagno? / Indove xelo el bagno?
• Please speak more slowly:
Parla più lento par piaser/Parla più lento par cortexìa
• Help! :
Dos and Don’ts:
• The Venetians are amiable. Be polite and courteous.
• Venetians are particular about dressing appropriately. Cover your shoulders and take off the hats while entering a church.
• Venetians have a habit of walking very quickly. Do walk on your right.
Emergency contact numbers
• General SOS – 113
• Fire – 115
• Police – 112
• Ambulance – 118
• Medical Emergencies – 118
• Venice has no 24/7 pharmacies. Most pharmacies open at 9.00 am – 1.00 pm.
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Venice?
offering cheap air tickets to Venice are Monarch and British Airways.
• What is the time zone used in Italy?
The time zone of Italy is GMT + 1h during Standard Time. It is GMT + 2h during Daylight Saving Time.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Venice?
From London to Dublin, the most popular airlines are British Airways
, EasyJet and Ryanair.
• What is the shortest time for a London to Venice flight?
The shortest time for a non-stop flight from London to Venice is around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Venice?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Venice are the Grand Canal, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, the Bridge of Sighs, Gallerie dell'Accademia and the Doge's Palace.
• What is the currency of Italy?
The currency of Italy is the Euro.
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