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Venice is a cluster of 118 islands. It’s a city of canals and gondolas, an engineering marvel with numerous marble churches and ancient palaces that are adorned with awe-inspiring contemporary art and architecture. If you are ready to go, keep these tips in mind to stay safe and happy.
Pickpockets mar this beautiful place. If you are in a crowded area such as Bridge if Sighs you should be careful about your wallet. Once you’ve lost it, the police also don’t help you much and your holiday will get ruined. Another place where you should be careful about your belongings is the overcrowded waterbus between Academia and Rialto. Your camera or purse can easily get stolen here.
The pigeons on St Marks Square are a menace. They will fly around you and some may even crash on you. They will attack you if you have food in your hands. So it is better to avoid going there or not carrying food in your hands. Also if you want to visit Piazza San Marco, go after sunset so that there are no pigeons flying around. These birds are not healthy and there are chances that they are infected and are a health hazard.
The water in the canals is very dirty. It has an unpleasant smell. Be aware not to touch it and never allow your kids to go near that water. It is infested with harmful bacteria.
You must have envisioned that lovely, romantic gondola ride where the canals are deserted and you would steal a kiss with your lover. In reality your gondola ride will last about 20 minutes, you will be down €80 and the canals won’t be so deserted. Instead you can row your own gondola and enjoy the canals.
Apart from the gondola Venice’s vaporetti or the waterbuses are the public transport of Venice. These traverse through the main canals and around the lagoon. While they are very crowded, they are very cheap. They charge about €7 for one hour from the time it is stamped. Also you can go to travel agency companies for booking water transfers or save time for your during you journey in Venice and book transfers in our website before you travel.
Murano glass is one of the most famous items that tourists buy here. Most of the time the Murano glass is marked twice its price in the shops and it is possible that it is not authentic. Instead you can buy it at recommended places like Segreti Veziani where you will even receive an authenticity certificate.