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January 29, 2008updated Dec 11, 2015

Useful Information for your Stay in Venice

By Chris Boyle

WHEN BEST TO GO

The best time to visit Venice is between spring and autumn (from April to October).

However, visiting Venice in July or August is not recommended as it is very hot and humid and also gets quite crowded.

LOCAL CuSTOMS

It is an offence to sit on steps and in courtyards near public buildings, including the main churches. Eating and drinking in the vicinity should also be avoided. Shorts, vests or any other immodest clothing should never be worn inside churches.

ATTIRE

There are no rules about what to wear in Venice, except in churches where visitors should dress respectfully. Both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees (and everything in between), and women should avoid wearing low-cut tops.

LANGuAGE

Italian and Venetian

CuRRENCY

EUR

ExCHANGE RATE

$1 = EUR 0.732, £1 = EUR 1.171

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COuNTRY DIALLING CODE

+39 24 HOuR

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 118, Fire Services: 115 Police: 113, Coastguard: 1530

EMBASSY CONTACTS

 

US:

+ 39 041 541 5944

Venice Marco Polo Airport, Viale Galileo Galilei 30, 30030 Venice

 

UK:

+39 041 505 5990

Piazzale Donatori di Sangue 2/5, 30171 Venice

TIME zONE

GMT + 1 hour with additional daylight saving hour.

POPuLATION

310,000 people live in Venice.

RELIGIOuS DEMOGRAPHIC

Mainly Catholic.

PuBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • New Year’s Day
  • Epiphany
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day
  • Local Feast Day
  • Liberation Day and St. Mark’s Feast Day
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

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