Motor vehicles are banned downtown, so residents and tourists can only get around on foot or using the channels' different transportation systems. This uniqueness has turned Venice into one of the most visited cities because many people want to wander through this maze of narrow streets and be dazzled by the views of palaces while on a gondola ride, sailing the canals.
It is known as the city of love due to its romantic and magical atmosphere, Venice is a unique destination in the world that has seen artists such as Titian, Bellini and Tintoretto or musicians like Vivaldi and Monteverdi, they made the city one of the world's opera capitals and a worldwide benchmark in terms of art and history. In addition, great men like the opera composer Wagner and the pianist Stravinsky rest in this city.
Venice is also famous for its Carnival, where Venetians dress up and wear traditional masks and period costumes. But it is also known for its coffee and Italian cuisine offered by the locals. Venice is an amazing city that hides amazing wonders, a destination that begs to be visited again.
Venice's main problem are floods. The canals are certainly one of its greatest charms but when the water rises they can turn into a serious problem for the whole city. Spring is the rainy season but it also rains a lot during fall and winter. During these months it is normal to see Piazza San Marco completely flooded. If you are visiting the city between October and April bring your warm clothes since Venice is very north of Italy and temperatures drop quite a bit. However, during the summer, temperatures are high during the day and very pleasant at night. Heat can intensify during July and August but if you walk under the shade of the narrow streets, you won't have any trouble spending the whole day out.
Euro (EUR). In downtown Venice it is easy to find ATMs to get cash, even when they are a bit hidden. Stores and restaurants take credit cards but in markets and stalls it can be more complicated to try and pay with credit cards. If you don't have euros with you, it is better to get some cash when arriving at the airpor. There are also currency exchange offices throughout the city.
When to go
During the summer months. Between May and September when the sun shines, it rains less and the city is more cheerful. During this time there are more tourists but if you do not mind sharing the city with hundreds of other visitors you can explore Venice in all its splendor. Also, summer days are longer.
2-3 days. A long weekend is the ideal time to visit Venice. You can easily explore downtown by foot in a day but it is advisable to extend the trip a little, to stroll around the markets and shops, get inside the churches, visit the Jewish quarter, sail the canals in a gondola or go to the Burano and Murano islands.
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