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Interesting Fact About Today's Venice

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Interesting Fact About Today's Venice

Much has been written deploring the number of tourists in Venice, especially those now arriving on cruise ships. But I don't recall seeing this quantified. So I looked at the list of cruise ships that will be in Venice on the day we expect to arrive there, which is Sunday, 8 June.

Keep in mind that the total population of Venice these days is said to be about 55,000. The number of cruise passengers arriving in Venice that day, plus the number cruising out of Venice that day (assuming each ship is at maximum capacity), is -- 13,009. Note that this does not count cruise passengers still in town who arrived a day or two earlier, or those already in town whose ships will depart a day or two later, not to mention those who arrived by air, by rail, by car, or on bus tours (day-trippers or otherwise).

No wonder the Venetians are said to prefer even the pigeons to the tourists.

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1. Re: Interesting Fact About Today's Venice

Where is the "like" button?

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Indeed. And the day trippers are also a huge number. It's amazing that the city copes as well as it does. And for the rest of us, it's another reminder to stay well away from the tourist hot-spots between 11 and 4!

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All these tourist from Cruise ships, tread the same path, there are still parts of Venice that are quiet ,

peaceful, and you really do not have to go far to find them,

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How does one "look at the list of cruise ships that will be in Venice on the day we expect to arrive there"?

Thanks

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Most short stay tourists flock to Piazza San Marco and the Rialto and ignore the rest. That is Venice for them. In reality Piazza San Marco and the Rialto are only a small part of the great wealth of experiences available in Venice. Just walk away only a few metres and the tourist crowd begins to diminish.

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June the 8th sees this http://www.vogalonga.com last year over 1000 boats took part. Not just Venetians who play a large part but people and boats from all over Europe - so OP make sure you planning your travelling into Venice round this as for a large proportion of the day there are no vaporetti along the Cannaregio and Grand canal, the lagoon basin. It would be nice if they made that day cruise ship free ...heck why not all motor boat free just for 1 day but the vogalonga brings far less cash to the cities treasury than a ship... ( Mind you the treasury seems to always be empty so maybe it doesn't matter).....

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@crash2: http://www.vtp.it/calendario/

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I'm glad u posted this; we were planning to visit Burano that day. Guess we'll try Saturday instead.

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@Rosa, and anyone else on the scene,

The Vogalonga is news to us, and we may be in big trouble.. We will be arriving by train at Sta. Lucia in the late morning, with luggage, and need to get to our hotel near San Stae. Unfortunately, walking that distance with luggage is, for us, not an option. Is there any information on what time of day the No. 1 vaporetto service will be suspended?

Anyone with information, we beg you to share it as quickly as possible. (I have already emailed our hotel for advice.) Thanks in advance to any and all who can help.

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actv.it/sites/…vogalonga_2010.pdf and actv.it/sites/…20repubblicheweb.pdf have the vaporetto schedules from a couple of past years, and while the specific "last runs" and "first runs" will be slightly different because of the ruination of schedule changes applied several months ago, the substance will mean changes of only several minutes earlier or later. I would plan on storing your luggage until the afternoon when the vaporettos start running, and make sure you have a lighter "daypack" with what you need until then, to get you to the hotel and around until you can travel with the luggage on the vaporetto.