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Venice / Venezia
Venice is a fascinating city with a rich and varied history of political intrigues, wars and the spice trade. It provides the setting and background for Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and the novella and classic film Death in Venice. The economy of modern day Venice relies almost completely on tourism.
Ask an Australian to imagine living in a city without cars, trucks (lorries) or motorbikes and watch the expression on their face. No cars? To me, no cars brings memories of long empty country roads, or deserted city streets in the small hours with traffic lights flashing at no-one in particular. That's not at all like Venice. No cars means much more than that. it is like stepping into another time and place. (more here...)
Venice / Venezia - Getting There
As there is no airport on Venice itself, you have the choice of two nearby airports you can use when you fly into Venice - Marco Polo Airport and then a train or boat journey to Venice, or the smaller Treviso Airport and then a 30 km bus journey.
WWe think the Alilaguna ferry service from Marco Polo Airport is the best introduction to Venice as it meanders across the lagoon, through Murano and around Venice. If you have a lot of baggage or a low sense of adventure, water taxi is the more expensive and possibly preferable option.
If you come by car, like the bus from Treviso or train from Marco Polo Airport, you cross on the long, straight road and railway bridges which run side by side into what is a massive transport centre and car park - not a pretty introduction to an otherwise beautiful city.
Venice / Venezia - Finding your way around
Make sure you always take a map with you when visit Venice. Even in the daytime, it is very easy to lose your bearings. At night you can quickly find yourself going around in circles. However, if you are looking for a particular building, there is an infallible, if inefficient, way of finding it. Venetian addresses simply consist of a district and a house number so if you are in the right district look for the numbers above the doors and follow them. You can use the Vaporetto (ferry) services which run along the two large canals and around the outside of Venice to get close to your destination and then you walk... and walk... and walk... And all that walking means that you can indulge in the excellent Venetian food.
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