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Italy has tightened environmental regulations to ban some cruise ships from entering Venice's lagoon. Will your next voyage be impacted?
When an Aman Resort opens, we come running. And their new property along the Venice Canals is no different—oppulent designs and high-end amenities mix in a prime San Polo location.
The pictures of Venice's acqua alta are pretty wild. But these recent and seasonal floods have been occurring for centuries, and the truth of the matter is much less extreme. Here's a local's take.
So you've decided on a trip to Italy. Cue the flood of questions, like which airport to fly into, which hotel to book, and what sights are really worth seeing. Here are some of the most common—and their answers.
Reading trip reports from other travelers can be an invaluable resource for planning your next vacation. They're often great for gathering information on topics such as what to expect when you land, where to find top hotels and the best under-the-radar restaurants, and when to book ahead for must-do activities. Essentially, it's all about the experience of what worked—and perhaps even more importantly, what didn't.
A "free" taxi to Murano always comes with sales pressure. Take the vaporetto that's included in your transit pass, and if you prefer, a private guide who specializes in the subject but has no affinity to any specific furnace.
Avoid the line at the Basilica entrance by reserving your arrival—at no extra cost—on the Basilica Web site.
Go in the late afternoon or early evening hours, when the Grand Canal isn’t so heavily trafficked. Avoid low tide, when the odors of the canals are at their worst. It’s best to start from a station on the Grand Canal, because the lagoon is usually choppy. Make it clear that you want to see the smaller canals, and agree to a price and length of ride before you start. Few tourists know about the two-man gondolas that ferry people across the Grand Canal at various fixed points; they are the cheapest and shortest gondola ride in Venice, and can save a lot of walking. The fare is €0.50, which you hand to the gondolier when you get on. Look for traghetto signs.
It's essential to have a good map showing all street names and vaporetto routes. Signs are posted on many corners pointing you in the right direction for the nearest major landmark—San Marco, Rialto, Accademia, etc.—but don't count on finding such signs once you're deep into residential neighborhoods.
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