General Information about Venice

General Information about Venice

What clothes should I pack? Should I buy an Italian dictionary? Is Venice very expensive? To give you answers to your doubts, we have written a list of the most frequently asked questions and our observations about Venice.

Venice Sestieri

San Marco

The district of San Marco in Venice is named after the city’s patron saint, and is without a doubt the heart of Venice. Discover its streets and squares.

San Polo

Established near the Rialto Bridge, San Polo is Venice’s smallest district and one of the oldest in the city. Discover what there is to do in San Polo.

Dorsoduro

The district of Dorsoduro is located in the southeast part of Venice and includes Giudecca island. It is a cool and trendy area full of students.

Cannaregio

Several notable Italians lived in Cannaregio throughout the various centuries including Marco Polo, Titian or Tintoretto. Discover the best things to do.

Castello

Castello is Venice’s largest neighborhood. It includes the tourist area that surrounds the Doge's Palace and an ancient shipyard.

Santa Croce

Santa Croce and especially the east part of the district is one of the humblest areas of Venice. It is the only part of the island in which cars can travel

Fun Facts

Acqua Alta

The Acqua Alta is the phenomenon by which Venice is flooded temporarily various times a year. Some tourists find this anomaly very exciting.

Livio de Marchi Gallery

Livio de Marchi, also known as the Carpenter of Venice, is one of the most curious artists born in Venice.

Church of San Barnaba

If you are a fan of Indiana Jones and have seen “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, you will enjoy visiting San Barnaba, the setting of the imaginary library.

Ponte dei Pugni

The Ponte dei Pugni is one of the most famous bridges in Venice thanks to its unusual history. Discover all the details of the Bridge of Fists.

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Venice facts & figures

Venice has over 260,000 inhabitants.

Travel Advice

If you are from the EU, you will only need a passport or an identity card to enter Italy.

Security and crime

Venice is a very safe city, but we recommend always keeping an eye on your purse or wallet, as there are pickpockets in the city centre, especially in the most touristy areas.

Important telephone numbers

  • Emergencies: 113
  • Sanitary emergencies: 118
  • Carabinieri: 112
  • Area code for Venice: 041
  • Italy country code: +39