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I am booking a trip to Italy at Christmas, since I have kids in school and no other good options. We are scheduled to arrive at the Venice airport mid day 12/24, and then leave by train 12/26. I realize museums will be closed, but am wondering about other aspects of the city. Will transportation be available, or much decreased on Christmas day? Will any shops or restaurants be open? Is the day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day I think, also likely to have many things closed? What about train travel on 12/26?

Any suggestions of activities in Venice? We are particularly interested in classical music.
Thanks, Rebecca

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