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An etiquette for Venice
Things to remember when you're in Venice
Enjoying a sustainable trip to Venice, and being accountable for it, isn't difficult. To know more, and find out what to do, see: some good advice for “responsible” tourism in the lagoon city.
Plan your trip
- Book ahead. Choose to visit the city when there are fewer tourist, e.g., during November, December, and January.
- When possible, choose means of transport to Venice, that pollute less – e.g., train or bus.
- Look for eco-friendly facilities and adopt good environmental habits and practices.00
Moving about the city
- Clean air... when possible, use public transport. This is never a problem here. We have a very well-serviced, efficient public transport system.
- If you need a taxi, only use authorized ones. authorized taxi. Get informed about tariffs.
The “other” Venice
- Get a city map and remember that Venice is not only St. Mark's Square and Rialto: discover itineraries that go through the lesser-known areas, far from the beaten track.
- Try and find time to visit the Venetian lagoon park, WWF and LIPU protected natural areas, and other green parks around the city: respect nature and enjoy the beauties of the lagoon and the islands, walking, bike, or boat itineraries.
Streets, alleys and bridges
- Go up, down and over bridges in Venice, but remember to lift up and carry your suitcase if it has got wheels. Avoid pulling it over the steps: these types of suitcases wear out the steps and cause serious damage to bridge structures.
- Respect the city and help us to keep it clean: don't litter on the ground or throw refuse into the water. Recycle, if possible, use the proper bins, and choose products void of packaging.
- Remember that St. Mark's Square and the surrounding area is an open-air museum: there are fines if you picnic or litter in these areas.
- Respect the local people: dress in a proper manner, always walk on the right when in narrow alleys; no standing on bridges and when you are on ferries (vaporettos,) please put your knapsack on the ground.
- Reduce wastage of plastic bottles, and pollution in the city. Garbage collection is very expensive: drink tap water instead of bottled water. It's good, safe, checked daily and need not remain in the bottle: it's cheaper, eco-friendly, and there is no waste. There is no need for it to be transported.
- Make a conscious effort to respect the environment: do not leave your “footprint” by way of refuse or wall graffiti and do not take plant cutting “souvenirs” from natural habitats .
Do not buy counterfeit goods from illegal vendors: not only are you risking your health and that of others, but you are also committing a crime. Apart from being damaging to both buyer and workmanship, uncontrolled/unchecked items incentivize exploitation of the weak: you risk paying a €7,000.00 fine and your purchases will be confiscated.
- Water is precious! Don't waste it: Close the tap when you wash your teeth, shave or have a shampoo. When you leave your room, make sure that the taps have been properly closed.
- In your bathroom, replace your towel on the towel rack, and only leave it on the floor when you want it changed.
- Save energy: turn the lights on only when necessary, and don't forget to switch them off when you leave your room; adjust the air conditioning or the heating to your needs, and don't exaggerate when using either. Remember to lower or turn off, when leaving the room.