Venetian Behaviour

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Jul 20, 2007
So how is it that a tourist can visit Venice while being both respectful and enjoying the city?

The first thing to do is realize that this is a city where people live. This is not Vegas Venice. This is not Disneyworld. That laundry hanging over there really does belong to someone. The stoop you're sitting is the front door to a home. The fish monger is a real person. not an actor. You are a guest in this city.

First thing first: the streets in venice (calli) work like streets in any other city. Don't think that just because there aren't any cars that the streets become a free-for-all. Keep right. If you start driving on the left, accidents happen. Don't stop suddenly. You block traffic. Dont gather in front of some window. You'll be blocking the lane. Just try to stay aware of the fact that people use these streets to go places, not just to wonder around looking at glass and masks.

Now say you see a cute shop that you'd like to go into, you walk in and you say "Buon giorno". And before you leave you say "Arrivederci". It's just the way it is. People say hello and goodbye to the store clerks.

WARNING: store clerks (especially at clothing stores) in Italy are infamously snobby and rude. It is very common, especially in less touristy places that they follow you around and give you the evil eye. They make you feel like you're wasting their time. Often they do not want you touching anything. That folded stack of sweaters? Ask to see--don't you dare unforld it by yourself. God forbid a shop clerk would have to refold something in a store. Just be sweet, smile, thank her, and avoid the guilt trip if you choose not to buy....
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Lucinda9 says:
I have also heard that when shopping at the outdoor stands for fresh fruits or vegetables especially do not touch the food! Let the seller get it for you.
Posted on: Sep 10, 2011
cruisedancer says:
It's funny that you should say that Venice isn't Vegas or Disney because my friends described it in just that manner. I guess I will have to see for myself.
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
digithil says:
I am going to Venice for New Year, will be meeting up with a friend & her family, also travelling. I LOVE to wander the back streets, try to imagine what it's like to live there, can't wait to, either. Thanks for the shopping tips, I will definatley ask before touching - if my son lets me into the shops at all, that is!
Posted on: Sep 01, 2007
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