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When to go
The winters are generally dry and misty, and can sometimes be very cold, when the bora blows, bringing fine weather in its wake. This season is however very pleasant and offers the chance to partake in the authentic lifestyle of La Serenissima when it is not deluged by hordes of tourists. The unique acqua alta tide that floods the city from September to April, reinforces the impression of living like a bona-fide Venetian. Winter is also the season of the famous carnival (fortnight in February) when prices rocket and the city of the Doges is transformed into a huge open-air theatre.
The temperatures in spring and autumn are extremely pleasant and the days are sunnier, despite frequent showers.
Finally, in summer, particularly in August, the weather is hot and sticky, exacerbated by the sirocco wind and punctuated by the occasional violent storm. The lagoon is sheathed in a halo of mist that endows it with a distinctive magical presence, but the hordes of holidaymakers and cruise tourists that unfurl over Venice quickly dissipate such romantic whimsies.
Formalities and useful addresses
APT Venezia – www.turismovenezia.it
Venice has three tourist offices: Marco Polo airport, Santa Lucia railway station and on Piazza San Marco 71, opposite the Correr museum.
British Honorary Consulate - Piazzale Donatori di Sangue, 2/5 -30123 Venezia - [TEL] 041 505 5990
US Consular Agent - Venice - Viale Galileo Galilei 30 - 30171 Tessera - [TEL] 041 541 5944
Health and safety
Marco Polo airport of Venice – www.veniceairport.it
Due to the amount of traffic, the distance between vaporetto stops and the journey time, it can often be quicker to walk!
Treat yourself to a gondola ride at a reasonable price with a gondola-traghetto, which operates a ferry service across the Grand Canal for €2.
Taxi boats are a fast but expensive means of transport. Official taxis carry a yellow badge on the side of the boat with the boat's number and the city's black insignia.