Safety and Scams
Venice is a quiet city, but be aware that pickpockets operate in the areas around Piazza San Marco, Mestre and Venice train station in the Vaporetto (public water bus) and other busy tourist areas.
Local Laws and Customs
- Italy has strict laws against the use, possession or trafficking of illegal drugs. If you are convicted of any of these offences, you can expect to receive a heavy fine or a prison sentence from 4 to 24 years.
- Dress modestly if visiting a church or a religious shrine.
It is not necessary but highly recommended to leave a little tip when you leave a restaurant.
Taxis do not expect a tip but it’s usual to round up the change to the nearest euro.
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink
Italy’s currency is the Euro.
1 USD = 0.88069 EUR
Sample price guide
Small bottle of water € 1.00 – € 2,00
Movie ticket € 8.00
Café espresso/ American Coffee € 1,00 – € 2,50
Time: GMT+ 1hours (summer)
Sunrise and sunset
Mid May: Sunrise, 05:40. Sunset, 20:35
Average temperature 17°C (62°F)
Low temperature 12°C (54°F)
High temperature 21°C (70°F)
The international country dialing code dialing for Italy is +39.
230 Volt, 50 Hz
Plugs type: C and E
Government offices: 9.00 am – 12:30 pm; 3:00 pm-5:30 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays)
Banks: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; 2:30 pm-4:00 pm (Closed Saturday and Sundays)
Shops: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (In busy tourist areas some close around midnight)