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Houses in Venice are not numbered by street but by the sestiere (district) to which they belong. There are six districts in Venice (San Marco, Castello, Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, San Polo and Santa Croce), which means that some house numbers are extremely long. Visitors should also be aware that N°6742 can be separated from N°6741 by a rio, but that there may be no nearby bridge to get from one bank to the other. To find your way around, look for the street names, bearing in mind, however, that they are not unique and that there are as many Calle del Forner as there are bakeries, or even worse, as many Calle de la Chiesa as there are churches!

Embassies and consulates

British Consulate – Piazzale Donatori di Sangue 2/5,30171 Venice-Mestre - t 041 505 5990.

Ireland does not have a consulate in Venice. Contact the Irish Embassy in Rome – Piazza di Campitelli 3, 00186 Rome - t 06 6979 121 - http://www.embassyofireland.it/



Chemists are open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-7pm and from 9am-12.45pm on Saturdays. The names and addresses of out-of-hours chemists are posted outside.


Credit cards and traveller’s cheques

Payment by credit card is developing fast, but remains less widespread than in the UK or Ireland. Credit cards are rarely accepted in small restaurants and family-run trattorias. Euro zone residents should note that bank charges for withdrawals and payments are identical to those in their country of origin.

Two types of payment by card exist in Italy: Bancomat payments, which require a PIN code and are charged a commission of €1.55/payment, and the credit card system which does not charge a commission and only requires a signature. Request a “credit card” payment if you are asked to type in your PIN code.

ATMs are widely available throughout Venice.


Post offices are open Monday-Friday, from 8.30am-2pm and from 8am-12noon on Saturdays, with the exception of the main Fondaco dei Tedeschi near the Rialto and San Marco Square branches, which are open 8.30am-6.30pm. Postage rates within the Europe zone, are €0.65 for a letter (up to 20gr) or postcard.


Shops are open from 9am-noon and from 3.30-7.30pm. Some are closed on Saturday afternoons.

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