Getting Around Venice

The first thing you need to know about Venice is that you need a map. The second you need to know about Venice is that you need a map. But, even if you obey these first and second things, you’re probably still going to get lost. The city is a twisty maze of canals, dead end streets and most importantly, lackluster street signing. Yes, there are a good many signs around, but they fade over the years and you might quickly find that map quite useless when trying to get around because your point of reference is completely gone.
Thankfully, the locals got sick of being asked where large monuments were and took matters in to their own hands. No, they didn’t make those signs that say, “Per San Marco”, but much simpler ones that are spray painted with an arrow pointing in the right direction. A fine example of this appears below. Other examples include a piece of paper with “Peggy Guggenhiem” and an pointing to that museum, or a piece of paper with several languages telling which direction to take to Saint Mark’s Square in a small paper spot, or my favorite which was a large graffiti with a guy point to the left and the quote (in French), “Pardon me, but which way to the Academy?”
I don’t remember this from my 2005 visit and I suppose that the city government either paints over these or the tourists have grown increasingly incompetent at navigation. Whatever the case, I hope they stay around, because while I generally find my way quite well, they helped me avoid pulling out the map a great number of times.
Getting Around Venice