Venice is an ‘elegant grand dame’ and deserves to be treated with respect by obeying the protocols of good behaviour. Where® Venice has drawn up a small handbook of ‘do’s and ‘don'ts’ to ensure that visitors have a chance to fully enjoy the city while honouring its people, monuments and local traditions.
01. How to dress
It is forbidden to walk around Venice in a bathing costume or bare-chested. Swimming in Venice’s canals is prohibited. The Lido is the go-to place for bathing. Venice is an elegant ‘grand dame’ and a certain dress code is ‘de rigueur’.
02. Street Rules
Many ‘calli’ (streets) in Venice are narrow. Keep to the right and avoid loitering. Make sure to take quick ‘clicks’ on Venice’s bridges especially when they’re crowded.
03. Obstructing Public Transport
When travelling on public transport, please respect the other passengers: avoid blocking the entrance or exit, store your bags where the boat staff tells you and remove your backpacks.
04. 'Acqua Alta' High Water Level
In the event of ‘acqua alta’ (flooding), use the raised walkways provided. Keep to the right and don’t hang around. Don’t step into the water, because it’s dirty.
05. Bikes and Other Means of Transport
In Venice, adults are prohibited from riding bikes or using or carrying kick scooters. Use the parking lots located at the entrance to the city.
Apart from restaurants, picknicking is forbidden in the area around St. Mark’s Basilica. Check our list of the best restaurants and ‘bacari’ where you can sample delectable Mediterranean cuisine. Please Note: it’s not done to eat ‘gelato’ before lunch and cappuccino is a ‘no no’ in the afternoon.
Local authorities have forbidden feeding pigeons, since the birds’ feces are a threat to the squares’ monuments and statues. Tourists who choose to ignore the law could be fined a fee of 500 euros.
08. Venetian Souvenirs
In the midst of its myriad offerings, always make sure to purchase authentic Venetian goods. These include Murano beads, local biscuits, artisanal prints and masks. By purchasing items from local artisans, you’re supporting the Venetian craft industry.