A city with many names, Venice has been the epicenter of important artistic movements, most notably the Renaissance. One of the most beautiful cities on the face of the earth, Venice is all about small islands, canals, bridges and romance. Often referred to as an engineering marvel, Venice has a magical charm. If you are traveling in the summer, remember that the heat can be quite intensive, so pack accordingly, and maybe, just enjoy a quick snooze in your hotel during the afternoon would help! The best time to visit Venice however, is from September to November. There are no cars or motorcycles on the main island of Venice, and the best way to get about is by the vaporetto, or water-bus.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Venice
Where to shop
When one hears of Venice, the first thing that comes to mind is the famed Murano glassware. The city offers an eclectic mix of low-end to high-scale stores, all along the Mercerie. For your souvenirs, head over to the Rialto Market, and get yourself some good bargains. You should also have on your shopping list, the centuries-old delicate Burano lace and Carnevale masks made of paper mache. There is also enough for those looking for antiques and books, and even jewelry and hand-crafted Italian leather goods.
What to eat
While pastas and pizzas abound in Venice, do opt for local fare as well. Sarde in saor, a sweet-sour dish comes highly recommended, as does the baccala mantecato. Risotto with squid ink is also unique to the region, while bigoli in salsa is a signature starter dish of Venice. End your meal with fritole, sweet pastry fritters and a glass of wine from the Veneto region.
The local language<
Venetian (a dialect of Italian) is the local language spoken in Venice. However, modern Italian is spoken and understood by most people, and being a tourist-heavy city, English is spoken as well, in addition to Spanish and French.
Here are some phrases that should help you understand the local lingo in Venice:
• Good luck
– Bona fortuna
• Bon appetit
– Bon apetito
Dos and Don’ts
• Do stay in an historic hotel for the sheer experience
• Do not feed the birds throughout the city, and especially in St. Mark’s Square
• Do not eat standing or walking in St. Mark’s Square
• Do cover your knees and shoulders when entering a church
• The use of bicycles, skateboards and skates is forbidden
• Do not smoke on boats or docking stations (when traveling by vaporetto)
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: Not applicable
• 24-hour Chemist: Alla Gatta (in Cannaregio)
• Fire: 115
• Police: 112
• Ambulance: 118
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Venice from Toronto?
The airline offering cheap air tickets
to Venice from Toronto is Air Canada.
Q. What is the time zone used in Venice?
The time zone of Venice is UTC/GMT +1 hour. The time zone abbreviation used is CETZ (or Central European Time Zone).
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Venice?
From Toronto to Venice, the most popular airlines are Air Canada, Lufthansa
and United Airlines
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Venice flight?
The shortest time for a direct Toronto to Venice flight is around 8 hours 15 minutes.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Venice?
No trip to Venice is complete without a ride in its famed gondolas, along the canals. A walking tour is a great way to explore the city, and do not miss the Doges’ Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica di San Marco and the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. You can also opt for day tours that let you explore the food and wine of the region.
Q. What is the currency of Venice?
The currency of Venice is the Euro (EUR).
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