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I was in Venice in summer 2013. It didn't smell bad, even though it was hot. We asked some locals (who we were staying with) about the legendary smell. Historically, raw sewage was simply dumped into the canals and (eventually) washed out to sea. This had been the status quo for centuries, with some improvement over the years but there was still lots of old ...


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I have heard this "fact" many times. Another version states that this is especially true in the summer. I was on a trip to Italy only last month and visited Venice as part of it. I spent three days there, took vaporettos (ferries) and walked most of the time. The water ways and canals do host a wide variety of algae and water-weeds and it is indeed true ...


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The two main public transportation are ACTV and Alilaguna. You have quite a few options Murano: from Piazzale Roma or from Venezia Santa Lucia train station, take the ACTV line 3. The trip takes 20 mins. You could also take line 4.2 but it takes almost 40 mins. From the airport you can reach Murano in 30 mins using the Alilaguna public transportation. If ...


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One option is to take the train. I've just looked for a random weekday in September, and there's basically one train an hour in each direction. It's direct, and takes just shy of 4 hours. To get train times, your best bet is to use Bahn.de and search from there. (Yes, that is the German railways rather than the Italian I'm suggesting, but they have a better ...


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Yes. I went there in September and there was a consistent whiff of stagnant water more or less everywhere. It wasn't exactly oppressive, but I didn't get used to it either and I noticed it regularly. I was however only there for two stints of two days each which I accept isn't a large amount of acclimatisation.


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What I can tell you about northern Italy (anywhere between Milano and Venice) is that the cities basically closes down in August (except for tourist destinations such as museums and churches), and even more so in the afternoon. If you will be walking the streets of any town in that area (Modena, Padua, Ravenna, Verona, etc), it will be like in a Zombie movie ...


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I was in Venice last year on 27th Nov. Based on my experience on that day : You definitely need to wear jacket. It was around 6-8 Celcius. I put some of my photos below. As you can see, all the people wear jackets. On that day, it was sunny. I love photography as you do, and my photos in Venice were my best photos during my trip in Europe. However ...


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I agree with you about the fact that Venice is the place which should not be skipped if one happens to be in the area. I also know that Venice may be expensive compared to other places. Having said this, I'd surely go for a Venitian accommodation rather than one at Lido. Venice is a town which should be enjoyed on foot. People do take vaporetti or motoscafi ...


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Venice is an expensive and beautiful place to visit. While you can take a land bus from the airport to the train station end of Venice, I think that would be a false economy for your first visit. The alilaguna is 12 euros each way. Venice is a water city and approaching and leaving it by water, as though the train/bus bridge was never built, will put you in ...


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Culture is in Venice city itself, whereas nightlife can be found on isola di Lido or on terra ferma at Mestre. Hotel accomodation is less expensive in these two places but it is less romantic as well. Booking an hotel in Venice may be the right choice, considering that Mestre is reachable by train and Lido by vaporetto (last train from Mestre at 23h46, next ...


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According to Venice airport and public transportation sites, you can take bus linea 5. Fare is 1.30€. I don't know if some constraints apply on luggage. Linea 5 leaves you at piazzale Roma near Santa Lucia train station. From there, take Vaporetto nr. 1 to piazza San Marco.


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I have never been to the USA, so I can't really compare the airport in Venice to any American airport. The airport in Venice is rather small and organized in a standard way (for Europe and Asia at least). After you arrive, you get to the passport control desk, then you need to find your luggage on the correct conveyor belt. If you have nothing to declare ...


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The ACTV public bus No. 5 (orange bus) from Marco Polo airport to Piazzale Roma and takes about 25 minutes and costs 5 EUR. The ATVO bus (blue color) costs the same and takes about 5 minutes less. I would then just take a 6.50 EUR vaporetto ride (no.1) to San Marco. It's cheaper and takes about the same time. The cheaper 1.30 EUR fare is only for residents ...


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Venice is an expensive and small place. You can pay thousands of euros a night to stay steps (and they mean steps) from San Marco. But even if you're within sight of the train station, you're no more than an hour from San Marco on foot, quicker with the vaporetti. When you're searching the various travel sites, any hotel that is actually in Venice itself as ...


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My first hand experience with France is that on 1st of August it's absolutely impossible to get through, because of absolutely infernal traffic on all the highways. Seems like everyone is going to the beach at same time. I haven't visited cities at that time, so can't say how bad is it. I do have first hand experience living in Madrid, which does indeed ...


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According to the map of water bus lines (pdf), you can move to all the islands you mentionned, and more (I loved the quietness of San Michele). The web site of Venice public transportation is ACTV.it.


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Every city smells, and every city smells differently from any other city. If you're there long enough you no longer notice, to a new arrival it's quite distinct. Venice, being a city with a lot of salt water in a warm climate, no doubt smells rather distinctly compared to many landlocked cities. And that's all there is to it.


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I'd agree that the train is the least expensive option - especially if you take advantage of the Trenitalia MINI discounted tickets - see my blog article on Trenitalia fares for more information. These tickets can be bought 4 months in advance or the day before - if they are still available. You also could fly via Easyjet. If you book in advance you can ...


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On average, November in Venice is relatively chilly (average daily high is 11°C) and with a good chance of rain as it is the wettest month (weather.com). Still, as with most of Europe, the weather fluctuates and you might experience better (or worse weather). You will however definitely need to pack for chilly weather.


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It depends if you want to go to Venice - Santa Lucia or Venice - Mestre. There are buses to both train stations from the Marco polo airport.


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I've already accepted an answer, but having recently come back from the trip that inspired this question, I thought I'd share my experiences. Paris seemed very empty. Even in the morning on weekdays, there were very, very few people in the streets (excluding the area immediately surrounding popular tourist spots). There were also shops and restaurants ...


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One way to do that is using the high speed ferry Venezia Lines. The sites has all the informations you need, from schedules to prices. It has a connection from Venezia to Pula and the trip takes about 3h 15mins. There are also buses running from Venezia (Mestre) to Pula: PADOVA - MESTRE (Venice)- TRIESTE - PULA 13.00 13.45 14.00 16.15 19.00 ...


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Yes MANY more tourists than usual. You can also expect very cold weather, sometimes sunny, sometimes not, but always cold and windy. Better to bring a camera that looks less amateurish than traditional tourist compacts. Masked people expect to attract photographs and to appear later in newspapers, magazines or websites. This is a game between masked people ...


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The Carnival is a huge thing in Venice with lots of related events in and outside the city. The city is going to be very crowded and you may want to book in advance if you want to find accommodation inside the city. Prices are higher, too. Another option I usually consider when going to Venice is sleeping in Treviso or Padova (or other city nearby) which are ...


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Venice to Pula can be done in several ways: Bus to/from Pula: http://www.pulainfo.hr/en/prijevoz/bus/54/ There are direct buses, and buses that only go as far as Trieste, but Venice - Trieste is easily done by train. In Trieste the bus station is next to the train station. Bus station website: http://www.autostazionetrieste.it/ There are also to Rijeka from ...


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I assume that the max EUR150 is for 1 room, per night. Hotel Le Isole Campo San Provolo - Castello 4661, Castello, 30122 Venice The hotel gets a review score of 9.4 from booking.com and quite classy. If you book from booking.com, it will be exactly EUR150 pernight. But note that city tax is not included.


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Remember that the vaporetti night boat makes all stops en route, so give yourself time. There are land taxis at Piazzale Roma that are in and out at that hour, but they are infrequent. I have often waited 10 or fifteen minutes for one to show up. Phone one of the several taxi companies the night before-- they speak English- and book one for the time you ...


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There is a boat "AliLaguna" leaving from St. Marco square and several other places in Venice going to the airport from 3:40 in the morning until 22:25 at night. One way ticket is 12 EUR per person. There are also private taxi boats you could book but they are rather 120 EUR.


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I can't give a definite answer for late November, but having been in Tuscany and Rome several times in late December, you do need more than a T-shirt. Venise also is cold in Winter with wet wind from the sea.



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