Venice - smelly?

May 16th, 2002, 08:01 AM
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BONNIE
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Venice - smelly?

I've heard enough glowing reports about Venice to know that it's a MUST SEE city.... but somewhere in the back of my mind, I think I've heard/read somewhere that the canal can get very smelly and can ruin the experience - is this true? If so, is there a time of the year when this is worse? I was thinking of going to Venice for 3 days towards the end of August this year. Any comments?
 
May 16th, 2002, 08:11 AM
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In the Summer, when the temperatures are warmer the canals can carry a ratehr unpleasant odor.

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May 16th, 2002, 08:14 AM
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I love the smell of seafood-sewage-petrol in the morning. Don't worry, by day 2 you'll acclimante.
 
May 16th, 2002, 08:16 AM
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I was there during the latter part of October & didn't encounter any odors. I've heard that heat & humidity in August can make the city uncomfortable & 'pungent'. People still go there in droves during summertime, so couldn't be that disgusting.
 
May 16th, 2002, 08:18 AM
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We were worried about it being smelly also. It wasnt in the slightest. Venice is so incredibly beautiful. You will have a wonderful time...
 
May 16th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Yes, very smelly in the summer, specially August. They call it Canal No. 5. However, the BO from the French tourist covers the stench.
 
May 16th, 2002, 09:24 AM
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I have been to Venice twice, both times in August. It is so beautiful. No, the canals did not smell bad. And YES it is an incredible, must see city.
 
May 16th, 2002, 10:18 AM
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Hi Bonnie. I would think the canals would be at their worst in the heat of summer. We were there for seven days in mid-April and didn't notice any offensive odors from the canals.

Even if they did get very smelly, it's hard for me to imagine that those odors could actually ruin someone's experience in this amazing -- and yes, must-see -- city.
 
May 16th, 2002, 10:52 AM
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I was there a few days ago. I only really smelled the canal on one occasion, and it wasn't bad. I am currently on a trip and have found fellow fodorites advice very accurate, so I would pay attention to it. At the same time, if you have to go in August, going is going to be better than missing Venice altogether. Kay
 
May 16th, 2002, 11:59 AM
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It would take Venice YEARS to get anywhere NEAR as smelly as New Orleans. If you can walk down Bourbon Street, you can handle the worst Venice has to offer.
 
May 16th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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No.
 
May 16th, 2002, 04:09 PM
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Venice is so visually beautiful that whether you are there on a smelly day or not, you wont notice it.
 
May 16th, 2002, 04:24 PM
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My husband and I were there in March and didn't smell a thing. We just fell in love with Venice.
 
May 16th, 2002, 04:58 PM
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Ha ha! Too true about Bourbon Street!

I was there last week. It wasn't too hot, but there was no offensive smell whatsoever (just the typical light ocean smell). It's a fantastic city.
 
May 17th, 2002, 03:08 AM
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Many thanks for all the feedback. It sounds like the odour is overwhelmed by the beauty.... I'm gonna take a chance! See you there in August!
 

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