Top 10 Venice tips

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The most useful hints, tips, and advice for a Venice trip

  1. Avoid Mestre. There are two Venices—and two Venice train stations. The first station you come to arriving by train is "Venezia-Mestre." Do not get off here! Mestre is merely the landlubbing, industrial suburb of Venice. Stay on the train as it crosses the causeway to the island-city and the station of "Venezia—Stazione Santa Lucia." (If your ticket is to "Venezia-Mestre," never fear; every few minutes shuttle trains leave for the 10-minute, 5-mile ride halfway across the lagoon into Venice proper.) » more
  2. Look into lodging alternatives. You can get apartments near St. Mark's for less than a cheap hotel near the train station. Seriously. » more
  3. Book the excellent Secret Itineraries tour of the Doge's Palace ahead of time. There are limited time slots in English, and they tend to sell out. » more
  4. Don't take a private water taxi from airport. The Alilaguna public ferries are just as fast (and as romantic—arriving by sea) and far, far cheaper. » more
  5. Get lost—Ditch your plans and just wander. Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, and Santa Croce are excellent neighborhoods for this. » more
  6. Have a picnic. » more
  7. Take a day to visit the outlying islands of the Northern Lagoon—Murano, Burano, and Torcello» more
  8. Indulge in a cicchetti crawl, going from bar to bar, snacking on Venetian tapas while sipping un'ombra (small glass) of wine. » more
  9. If the Biennale is on, make an effort to get to the Arsenale and check out the art installations. » more
  10. Walk as much as possible. The vaporetto is fun for a trip down the Grand Canal or to get to outlying islands, but its pricey and slow. Venice is a walking city. » more
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