Venice, Italy travel tips

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Any kind of vehicle, including bicycles are not allowed in the city. Prepare to walk everywhere

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In the winter there will often be acqua alta, high water. Bring boots with you, although many hotels will provide them for you.

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If you plan to visit Piazza San Marco, or St. Mark's Square, consider waiting until late afternoon, near sunset. The crowds will have thinned out by then, the golden hour sunlight will make it all the more beautiful.

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Be sure to check out Casa Goldoni, which is included in the Museum Pass. It is a restored mini palazzo with a charming courtyard. Three of the upstairs rooms are made to look like an eighteenth century party is taking place.

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If you plan on visiting Venice's churches, consider buying the Chorus Card. It allows free admission to fifteen churches, and includes a map of most of the major sights of the city.

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Book a tour through Tofino Expeditions, because the best way to see the city is by water.

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If you want to be pampered, book your stay at the Hotel Excelsior.

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One of the best hotels in the city is the Hotel Cipriani.

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A great hotel in Venice is the Londra Palace.

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To save money on transportation, look for the ATVO and ACTV desk in the arrivals area of the airport when you arrive.

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To see some excellent twentieth century art, be sure to visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, which is housed in the heiress's former home.

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Another way to save money on food is to eat at the bars that serve snacks.

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Walking just five minutes away from both St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge will save you money on meals. Food is overpriced in those areas, and you're better off going somewhere else.

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If you want to visit Venice's many churches, but don't want to break the bank, remember that many of them are free, and if they are, they'll usually say so on a sign out front.

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If you want to experience Venice on a budget, one of the best ways to do that is to eat and stay--if possible--in the student quarter, which is spread out around the Dorsoduro area.

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If you have an interest in history, be sure to visit the cemetery island of San Michele, the eternal resting place of Igor Stravinsky and Ezra Pound.

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If you have a craving for seafood, be sure to go to Ai Pescatori, and try the Fisherman's Starter.

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If you're looking for a restaurant that's off the beaten path, head to Osteria da Alberto. The lunches are great and the wine is cheap.

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On the banks of the Grand Canal, look for Narazaria, which is housed in a very old warehouse. It's a great wine bar that also serves fusion cuisine.

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The Pane Vino is a chain restaurant, but the food is good, especially the pasta.

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