Fast Facts

About Venice

Venice, the capital of the Veneto region, is situated in the north-east of Italy on numerous small islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The “City of Bridges” stretches along the mouths of the Po and Piave rivers. It is a magical city known for its festivals and events, particularly the Carnival of Venice, world-famed for its elaborate masks. The gondolas, canals, amazing restaurants and unforgettable ambience make Venice a must-visit tourist destination.

In general, Italy is also a great country for international students to consider fora one-of-a-kind international study experience. Twelve universities in Italy had received awards based on positive student experiences. Many students are proud of studying in the prestigious universities that are internationally recognised and are happy with the self-development of their study experience. The country also offers various opportunities to learn the Italian language; while some Italian universities even offer English-taught courses.

General Information

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Location

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Dorsoduro, 3246, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

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Climate

Daytime – 28°C (average)
Night – 26°C (average)

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Religion

Roman Catholicism, Christianity,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam

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Time

UTC+01:00

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Language

Venetian, Italian, French,
Spanish and English

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Business Day

Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 6pm
Major shopping malls and food outlets operate from (an average of) 10am to 8pm.

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Venice operate from 8am to 3pm from Mondays to Fridays

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Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings are not appreciated.

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Currency

Euro (EUR)

1EUR = 1.23USD

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Venice is not customary as a service charge will be included in the bill. Hence, gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz

Socket type:
Type C, F and L

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Medical Care

The healthcare standard in Venice is generally good. However, visitors are still advised to bring along your personal medication in their original, clearly labelled containers with a signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medication.

For emergency treatment, head straight to the pronto soccorso (casualty) section of a public hospital. Emergency dental treatment is also available at the pronto soccorso (casualty) section (carry your ID/passport and any relevant insurance card). Pharmacists can provide you with the relevant advice and sell over-the-counter medication for minor illnesses.

The typical operating hours of most medical services are Monday through Friday from 8am to 12.30pm. However, do kindly note that in general, the opening hours of medical services vary.

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Getting around

By Land Buses

Regular bus lines are available from Piazzale Roma to Mestre, Marghera, Chioggia and a couple of other suburbs on the mainland.

By Water Buses

The most common type of transport in Venice is by means of ‘water buses’, bearing the local name vaporetti. They constitute most of the public transport network in the city and are considered the best way to get around. Despite the varying routes and timetables, water buses are still comfortable alternative to travel throughout Venice. The cost of a single ticket is around 6.50 EUR. However, the Venice Card are much more advantageous for a longer stay in Venice.

By Water Taxis

In Venice, the ‘water taxis’ are enclosed motorboats called motoscafi. They are the fastest and most prestigious means of transport in the ‘City of Water’. The posh vessels are usually upholstered with leather and offer open-air seats as well. The seating capacity of these ‘water taxis’ are generally between 10 to 15 passengers. A short trip along the Canal Grande can cost up to around 40 EUR.

For more information, please visit the following website at http://www.europe-cities.com/destinations/italy/cities/venice/transportation/

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Visa Requirements

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Credit & Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels but a passport will be required.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Central Emergency Number for Police, Fire Department and Medical Services: 112

Emergency Ambulance: 118

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.

Leisure Activities

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) is Venice on parade where everyone comes to see and be seen. Considered one of the finest squares in the world and certainly Venice’s prime attraction, it is surrounded on three sides by the stately arcades of public buildings and on the fourth, by Basilica di San Marco’s riot of domes and arches and the soaring St. Mark’s campanile.

Grand Canal

The best way to cruise the Grand Canal is on board a vaporetto (Venice’s water bus). Even though the canal may no longer be teeming with merchandise-lading cargo boats, it remains the main thoroughfare of Venice.The three-and-a-half-kilometre trip from the railway station to San Marco provides a superb introduction of the city, telling you more about the magical city.