***IS VENICE WATER SMELLY?***

Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 07:30 AM
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***IS VENICE WATER SMELLY?***

Last time I was in Venice was 1970 and it was wonderful. Three weeks later my aunt went and it was very smelly. I thought maybe it was low tide during daytime, the few days she was there?
We are going this August '08 and now in process of picking a hotel. Should I be concerned if hotel is on small canal, whether I can open a window at night if there's no A/C? Best to just take place with A/C? Does this smell still exist? I am sure they cleaned up the water since the 70's if it was rubbish related back then. Any thoughts? Thank you VERY much! -Debbie
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 07:59 AM
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When I was in high school I took my first trip to Venice during month of August. Our room had no a/c and I would never, never, NEVER again even consider going to Venice in August without a/c. I'm a Texan so I'm no stranger to heat, but Venice in August is intolerable without a/c.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 08:04 AM
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PS Sorry I didn't answer your question about the smell. When I was there in November 2002 I don't recall a distinct smell, but it might be worse in the summer. My prior trip was in August 1980 and I don't remember a smell, I just remember the terrible heat which made it hard to sleep at night.
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Ditto P_M's good advice. I have been to Venice twice, both times in August.

NO the canals did not smell, but YES you want air-con in your hotel room. It was very HOT!

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I love Venice and do not recall a smell. I was there in July 2005.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 08:42 AM
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Been twice and there was never a smell from the canals. I did not go in the heat of the summer though when a smell is most likely, if at all.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 08:56 AM
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I've been to Venice twice in the summer. No smell but you will need AC for heat and humidity. You can't keep windows open because of mosquitoes. Remember to take bug spray.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 09:02 AM
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Great replies, folks! Especially about the bug spray,esm. Thanks!
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In Sept.'06 there was some odour -
little pockets of 'drains' throughout the town.

We really noticed it around the pizza place at the west end of the
Accademia bridge and parts of the
Campo S. Margherita. But it certainly wasn't obnoxious enough to
spoil our enjoyment of the town.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 10:26 AM
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Venice in August will be not only hot but VERY humid. I would never consider a hotel without AC.

As for smelly canals - have been there 4 times now and never found that (except for 1 or 2 little backwaters where trash had collected).
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 10:43 AM
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Can't remember any bad smell when we were there in spring. By the way, re the bug spray--suggest you pack it. In Argentina we had a can in a carry on and it was taken by security.
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Been to Venice 3 times in past 5 years and never noticed any bad smell. As NyTraveler said; you will find an accumulation of trash, water bottles, cans, plastic bags, trays etc in quiet areas of smaller canals but that's to be expected. A/C is always a good idea in Venice in the summer and so is a wheelbarrow full of money.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Many times they drain a canal to do some work on it. If you happen by that canal, yes, you will smell a bad smell but it's localized.
We've been to Venice 3 times and have only noticed smells on the canals that were drained.
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It's time to resurrect this thread again:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34476606
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My sister hates Venice. She swears it smells awful, but I have always been with her and I don't smell it. I think she just doesn't want to go there. YES!!! you will need AC
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I think some people find any scent of the sea "smelly"--not to me.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2008, 05:14 PM
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For OP and Giovanna, you can now buy individually-packed insect repellent towelettes. Perfect for travel and easier to use too.
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We were there August 06 for 4 nights. It was certainly warm to hot and an a/c is advisable. I don't recall it being over humid as I hate humidity. I also don't recall any smell and that includes on the gondola ride we went on through the back canals in the Rialto area.

Get out to Burano Island if you have time.
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Why do you put ### and *** in front of your queries? Why do you post in all capital letters?
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"Why do you put ### and *** in front of your queries? Why do you post in all capital letters?"

Strange, isn't it. She's been doing it for years, too.
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