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LUXE City Guides - Venice - - Front Page -

Apr-may and Oct have the best weather, but Vene­tians love tourist-free Jan when it’s foggy and wet one day and clear the next, though many restos and shops shut. Ac­qua Alta or ‘high wa­ter’ oc­curs Nov-feb - pack your Pucci gum­boots. Pre­pare to be herded like cat­tle Mar-nov Events. Car­ni­val: Feb/mar, mask and cos­tume hell; Bi­en­nales: Jun-nov, cool n’ cre­ative, Art and Archi on al­ter­nate years / la­bi­en­nale.org; Film Fes­ti­val: Sep, red car­pet glam Marco Polo Air­port to town: 1.5 hrs / €15 by Alila­guna ferry – scenic but slow, all (bar or­ange and yel­low) lines stop at SM (Giar­dinetti); wa­ter taxi: 20-30 mins / €100 or €120 for scenic route, or €32 for a shared ride (see Very Use­ful); 20 mins / €6 by ATVO air­port bus to Pi­az­zale Roma, then con­nect to wa­ter buses (va­poretti) Trans­port. Make like a Vene­tian – work those gams and jump on vaps (buy a pass – 24/48/72 hr or 7-day); wa­ter taxis are spiffy but charge like a wounded bull (> €80); gon­do­las are for sight­see­ing (see V. Use­ful), but its cousin the traghetto is handy for cross­ing the Grand Canal Many ho­tel rooms in Venice look onto a wall and have rip-off or no in­ter­net at all, so do check ahead Calle, Sal­izada, Ramo and Rio are streets (some look like mere al­leys), Ponte is bridge, Campo and Campiello (C.llo) are squares and Fon­da­menta (F.ta) is a street along a canal Street num­bers are con­fus­ingly as­signed by ses­tieri, ask for the street name, land­mark or clos­est Campo Most shops open around 10am-7pm Mon-sat, close 3 hrs for lunch, Sun and around Dec-jan, ex­cept tourist places Coffee. Caffè/espresso is a sin­gle shot, doppio is two, and milk in coffee (eg. cap­puc­cino) af­ter mid­day says ‘tur­ista!’ Aper­i­tivi. A spritz con bit­ter or a glass (un’om­bra) of wine with ci­chetti (think tapas) around 6.30pm is vi­tal Pub­lic loos are €1.50 a wee, or get a dis­counted daily (2 wees) or weekly (10 wees) pass at venice­con­nected.com Italy’s int’l code is +39. The area code for Venice is 041, which must be di­alled lo­cally. Mo­biles start with 3 In emer­gen­cies, dial 113 for po­lice, 118 for am­bu­lance

The fol­low­ing Vene­tian phrases will en­dear you to lo­cals...

Bondì : Well, hello there Per pi­asse / Grassie : Pretty please / Ta Go na gior­nada da ba­teo : I’m hav­ing a bad hair day

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