Important Tips And Facts Of Venice In Italy
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Venice, a historic northern Italian city made up of a series of Adriatic Sea islands linked by canals and more than 400 bridges, has a population of 270,000 residents. Like everywhere in Europe, sales tax, called VAT, or value added tax, is added to the cost of goods and services in Venice at a rate of about 20%. Tourists from other countries can get a VAT refund by presenting their receipts at the airport.

Facts about Venice

DSCN1421 Venice, which has been named the City of Bridges, City of Masks and the Floating City, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. To call Venice, dial the country code 39 followed by 41, which is the city code. Internet access is available in most hotels, many cafes, at train stations and airports.

Tipping Etiquette

Since a service charge is often added to restaurant bills, additional tips are not necessary. An appreciation tip of one or two Euros, however, is a customary way of awarding good service. Not only is the drinking water safe in Venice, but authorities have distributed glass containers for drinking the city’s water in the past to discourage using plastic water bottles.


DSCN1591 Venice is located off the western Italian coast and is 277 km west of Milan and 546 km north of Rome. A small city, the main way of getting around is by foot. Many streets and most alleys restrict vehicles. Ferry, water boats and water taxis are the only transportation between islands. Gondolas, while very romantic, are primarily utilized for sightseeing and are not practical modes of transportation.


While Venice, Italy is a year round tourist attraction, the climate ranges from winter temperature that drop to below freezing to summers that are extremely hot and humid reaching highs of 100 degrees F. The best time to visit is in late spring and early summer when the weather is the most comfortable. The weather is also nice in the fall, but it is also high water season when floods occur often.

Shopping Hours

FSCN2391 Market hours in Venice are from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. Shops typically close in the afternoon. Stores popular with tourists tend to stay open later. Public holidays include Christmas and New Year’s Day, St. Stephens’s day at the end of December, Epiphany at the beginning of January, Easter Monday, Liberation Day on April 25 and the Anniversary of the Republic on June 2. The Regatta delle Befane on January 6 is the first of many popular boat races on the lagoon. Bacanal del Gnoco on February 11 is a traditional celebration marked by town square masked balls. The Festa di San Marco on April 25 is a feast that marks the city’s patron saint. Italian is the primary language spoken in Venice, but much of the population and especially service workers, speak English.


Venice Marco Polo Airport, which is located 12 km from Venice by land or 10 km by water and accessible by bus or taxi, has flights to and from other European countries, North America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. The Venice Tourist Information Office is located in the arrivals terminal.

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