Venice 2013 Guidebook
Please note: The following corrections were submitted by readers and have not yet been confirmed by Rick. Check updates from Rick for the latest.
Lavanderia Gabriella is apparently closed. We found the location, but neither the laundry nor anything else is there. The self-service launderette Effe Erre is as described, however.
Roy in Sonoma County, CA USA 05/07/2013
Kinda-Venetian Glass -We were on Rick’s tour in November and we went to the shop on St. Mark’s Square recommended in the guide book. Sadly it was not what we wanted and the employees were less than helpful. However, after leaving the Square and duly getting lost as recommended by Steve we found a “Mom and Pop” without all the usual mass produced muck but not “art” pieces that he should check out. It is a little hard to find but worth it. A charming couple run it…..also gave us a great lesson on making carbonara…..it is, Zora Forever S.A.S. di Paroletti Giuseppe e San Marco 2407 – 30124 Venezia ++ 39.041.2770895
Bill in Venice, MD USA 02/01/2013
One vaporetto stop is completely missing from the 2012 Venice book: San Samuele. It is on the San Marco side of the Grand Canal, almost immediately opposite San Toma. Note that the vap line #1 does NOT stop at San Samuele, so this means that you'll have to correct the statement that the vap #1 line stops at EVERY station on the canal.
Lindsay in San Diego, CA United States 09/19/2012
Men wear long pants to go to Harry's Bar! Otherwise you will get shamed and taken upstairs for your Peach Bellini!
Clare Fannon in Newtown, PA USA 08/24/2012
In the 2012 Venice guidebook, p. 307, re getting from Marco Polo airport to Venice, you recommend taking the Alilaguna to Fondamente Nove for hotels on the north side ( on the "fish's back") - this is the blue line. Our hotel (Boscolo Venezia) was on the north side, but it's location was not on the maps in front of the book. We walked over a mile from Fondamente Nove to the hotel, dragging our bags. We found later if we had taken the orange line, its first stop was Madonna dell'Orto, just behind our hotel. You should correct the 2013 Venice guide to warn readers that for hotels in the north side, especially in Cannaregio, to take the orange line.
Steve Denman in Sarasota, FL USA 08/19/2012
When visiting St. Marc's, check your bag before getting into line to enter. The people who stow your backpacks, suitcases, and large bags no longer issue a pass to get in right away. At least they didn't to us. When I asked where we enter after I checked my bag, the woman behind the counter said, "Main entrance." Guess that game is up.
Scott in Tokyo, Japan 07/18/2012
Verona - as of May 1, 2012, the Verona Card no longer includes bus transportation.
The Verona TI has severely cut the number of free walking tours to two: 11:30am on Sat. & Sun.
According to a plague in Piazza Bra, Verona's Sister City is Salzburg, not Munich.
Liz in Potomac, MD USA 06/03/2012
Venice now has only two museum tickets: A two museum ticket, only good for Correr and doge's Palace, at a cost of 14 euros (8 euros for 65+); the second pass is good for all of the museums and costs 20 euros (65+ 14 euros) and is good for six months.
Carolyn Holt in Hinesville, GA USA 06/03/2012
The Guggenheim Museum now allows photographs (just no flash) inside the museum itself (as of our visit on about May 22)
William Meyer in Portland, OR USA 05/27/2012
On page 281 of the 2012 edition, the Antica Ostaria Ruga Rialto appeared to be permanently closed when we stopped there looking for lunch at about 1 pm on Saturday, May 26.
William Meyer in Portland, OR USA 05/27/2012
More of an update than a correction. Seems like ACTV has increased their prices...and perhaps atvo and actv are now combined. Check out the 3 pdf files on the actv website: http://www.actv.it/en ....
Nadine Melka in Charlotte, NC USA 05/26/2012
The Alilaguna from the airport was more expensive than in the book, but everything else seemed right on
Susan Silvera in Los Angeles, CA USA 04/15/2012
We had a reservation at the Hotel Riva in Venice for mid-Oct 2012 and they just informed us that it will be closed and that we make other arrangements.
Chris Voigt in Fort Worth, TX USA 03/15/2012
I just got back from two weeks in Venice with my family. ALL museum prices have gone up 1-2 euros (from those quoted in the 2012 edition), with the exception of the Accademia. The Accademia is no longer 6.50, but 11 euros!! Also, they have eliminated the bookstore (Rm 10 on Rick's map). The Accademia's "bookstore" is a selection of no more than 3-4 books (usually on special exhibitions) available at the ticket counter. The Accademia guidebook that Rick mentions in the info section is still 14 euros and a great buy!!
Peter in Sugarloaf, CA USA 01/30/2012
Benito's barbershop has become more of a hairsalon and I was told by a young lady working in the shop he wasn't coming in anymore. Dec 7 2011
Drew Garcia in Cairo, Egypt 12/31/2011
Please add a note on your paragraph regarding Alilaguna boat transportation to the airport. While one may go online to pay the fare (at a 3 euro discount) and print out a voucher, this voucher must be exchanged for a ticket at an Alilaguna booth. Boat staff will not accept the voucher as payment and will refuse passage if you don't have enough to pay 16 euros cash on the boat. I ended up paying the fare twice. This rule is clear in the small print, but I did not read the small print.
Suzanne in San Diego, CA USA 12/27/2011
Notice you've already updated the ACTV changes to the numbers of vaporetto routes. Hope others take note, as the changes made it a little confusing getting back from Burano.
Terri in Quilcene, WA USA 11/26/2011
Not sure I would drink from public fountains. I saw a dog drinking from one, licking the entire spout (stuck to bottled water after that). The Rialto produce market is open on Monday, but the fish market is closed. Glass factories in Murano close for siesta (we only found one that had a glass blowing demonstration), so visit before noon, or you will have to wait until 3 p.m.
Peter Fabriele in Scotch Plains, NJ USA 10/20/2011
Review the entry on "Classic Venice Bar Tours" and reconsider your recommendation. There was no variety across the 3 bars and the food was nothing like that offered in other bars we have visited. Even in bars we went to with Alessandro we were only provided with the cheap microwaved pre-fried food, even if there were other items on the menu. Extremely disappointing, and more to the point, not as described.
Jill Irwin in Kingston, ON Canada 10/19/2011
Verona: the one day Verona pass was not available; only the two and three day passes were. There's no "TI" at the train station, but passes are available at the small shop just inside and to the left (as you enter) the train station. Parking in the station lots is impossible, but there's a huge lot, very cheap, across the street (to the right, at about 2 o'clock, when standing with your back to the station.
Jack in Philadelphia, PA USA 09/28/2011
Excellent guidebook. Helped us make the most of our week-long stay. Really good practical info about opening hours etc. Sadly, would agree that in a decade or two, it may become an adult theme-park for tourists. Glad we saw it now!
Entrance fees to various museums and sights have gone up 1 to 2 Euros since the guide was published.
On San Giorgio Maggiore island, it is no longer possible to attend a weekday Mass with Gregorian chants. The only Mass open to outsiders now is on Sunday morning.
Elizabeth Bamberger in Portland, OR USA 09/26/2011
I was a little confused as to how to use the Vaparetto tickets. We purchased 12 hour passes, which worked out best for our group. We scanned the ticket upon getting the ticket, but didn't know if we needed to scan the ticket each time we got on the boat or just the first time. A little clarification in this part of the book would be great.
Mike in Wheeling, IL USA 06/22/2011
Rick’s Venice 2011 book mentions the San Marco Museum Plus Pass. It was available April-October, so I’d been waiting for it to go on sale for my summer trip. When it didn’t turn up as an online option, I emailed about it, and received the answer that just last month the civic museums decided to discontinue this particular pass. It looks like the only one now available is the more inclusive Museum Pass. You can read about it at this link. If you need the page in English, just click the red, white, and blue in the upper right corner: http://www.vivaticket.it/evento.php?id_evento=409592&op=museiCivici&change_language=1
Happy travels! Linda
Linda Polin in Los Angeles, CA USA 04/21/2011
1) The vaporetto line #1 no longer starts at Tronchetto. The first stop you can board for your Grand Canal cruse is Piazzale Roma.
2) There is no TI in the Verona train station.
3) The Verona card is only available for two days (15 euro) or five days (20 euro) - verify at their web site: http://portale.comune.verona.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=2114
Bill Bozo in Springfield, VA USA 04/13/2011
Shannon Fonferko in Schaumburg, IL USA 03/20/2011