Get Out at Night
Wandering the canals and alleyways at night can be a lot of fun. The city can be most mysterious at night--especially if there is a touch of fog or a fine mist.
Early evening is a great time to visit the plentiful cafes and have a few glasses of "rosso" or "bianco".
After dinner it is good to take a long walk and see if you can't get lost. Since the city is an island, you wont ever get too far afield and it is great fun to find new nooks and crannies at night.
For the finale, it is amazing to walk into St. Mark's Square after midnight. The whole thing is lit up and if luck is on your side you can have it all to yourself.
One of the symbols of Venice... It's appraised that during the XIV century there were in Venice about 10000 gondolas, with lot of colours. After an order by law (1562), all gondolas became black. They have standard measures and the construction is not easy: they are long 11 metres and width 1.75 mt. By the popular tradition, the tooths are 6 like the sestrieres.
Take a Gondola Ride...
Take a Gondola Ride.
It may seem a little expensive, but the cost is per Gondola, so if you are in a group it may not work out too bad. If you're a couple, then OK, it's not very romantic to share with others. Go on, Guys. Treat her to a Gondola ride!
the ghetto area, or better the...
the ghetto area, or better the area where the ghetto was, still called 'ghetto', is the area where the young local people go at night... the most common question you're likely to be asked is: have you got any spare cigarette?
I don't know if something has changed in the meanwhile but a nice place to go was 'il paradiso': crazy restaurant with jam sessions.
Bring an umbrella or a rain jacket
Pack an umbrella or a rain jacket, or at least clothes that you don't mind getting wet if there is a downpour. I was in Venice at the end of June/beginning of July and it rained on and off quite a bit. There were many times we got stuck in a downpour (not that it wasn't fun to run through all the alley-ways in the pouring rain, b/c it was).
Also, be aware that if you take the water taxi out into the lagoon and the water is a bit choppy there is a GOOD chance you'll be getting wet. Be sure to close all the windows around you. I personally got drenched when the boat tipped to the side going over a wave and another huge wave came in through the open window. Luckily, my camera was in a water resistant bag... besides that the experience made for a funny story and some great memories (all that water rushing in, covering my friends and I). However if you are not one to enjoy getting soaked or if you are on your way somewhere important... I would recommend closing the windows in rough water!