Have you booked your stay with us here at Corte Realdi and are in need of some friendly advice before venturing over to Venice? The most important thing to remember when first arriving here in Venice is the fact that the city is completely different from anything you would of have experienced before, no matter if you're a travel guru.
Busting the “Venice in one-day myth”
The classic statement made by most first time tourists coming to explore Venice. The reality is that it is almost impossible to cram everything worth seeing into 24 hours. Although Venice is not a particularly big city and on paper, you will not be able to enjoy the true history and tradition without at least staying a few days to soak up the atmosphere.
In most cases, the 24-hour wonderers will spend their day visiting the well-known and busy main attractions such as the Rialto Bridge. These attractions are always crammed with tourists and often leave most people feeling drained.
Venice is always busy and overcrowded!
Take Piccadilly Circus in London and place them inside a radius of around 500m and you have re-created the hustle and bustle of central Venice, especially around the well-known and popular attractions such as San Marco and Rialto. These famous attractions are notoriously crowded during the summer months, with tourists lining the streets in order to capture that important Instagram picture!
A great and simple way to avoid this controlled chaos is to pick the perfect time to visit if you can make sure you book your tickets and accommodation outside the well-known honeypot times. As in most famous cities, the most popular time will always be summertime and the dreaded school holidays with families and schools filling the streets. A great way to predict how busy your stay in Venice will be is through this awesome official Venice app that allows you to see a “tourist report”.
In order to fully evade the majority of the buzz of the tourists, the team here at Corte Realdi would advise planning your day out in order to miss the tourist hotspots and the days busiest times. During the afternoon and the cities most popular times take some time to explore the less popular parts of the town such as Cannaregio, Dorsoduro or San Polo and Santa Croce.
“Arriving at your hotel can prove troublesome”
I am hoping you are fully aware of the fact that Venice does not have any cars and if you have any ambitions of driving up to your hotel, you will be in line for a mighty shock. A large chunk of the hotels inside Venice does not have direct access via boat, meaning the majority of your time will be spent walking. This needs to be taken into account when the first arriving at your hotel, as in some cases you will be required to walk a long way, over bridges and down small, tight twisty roads.
“Let’s just jump into a taxi”
Unlike most land-based cities, while visiting Venice you will not be able to hail a taxi via the traditional hand in air manner. Instead, there are only specific places where you will be able to jump onto a water taxi. This often means that travelling around the city can take longer than you had previously imagined, especially during high peak times, where you can often wait up to 25 minutes for a taxi.
Remaining respectful of the locals?
While visiting a town dominated by tourists like Venice, it is often easy to forget that local residents still live in the town and have to navigate around it in order to get to work, get to social occasions, see the doctor and much more. This understandably can become highly frustrating, as they too have to deal with the large queues and the large masses of people littering the streets. It is important that you remain highly respectful of their culture and ensuring that you do everything to remain out of there way.