So Venice is tricky as a tourist. The Venetians have a love-hate relationship with all those that come to gawk at the sinking city and sometimes you're unlucky and happen upon someone having a really bad day. I've been yelled at in two cities in the world: Paris and Venice. Mind you, in Venice, the entire tour group was sworn at so I like to blame it on the group and think that I'm not personally at fault...! The biggest piece of advice I can give you for Venice is try to be aware of the locals and don't just stop in the middle of a street to take a photograph. Look around and make sure you're not blocking the way for someone else. For many Venetians, they are just trying to get home with a heavy bag of groceries having scaled bridges and the like already and the last thing they need is to be bombarded from getting home by a tourist shield spanning right across the width of the tiny streets. I know it's hard to do when there's so many beautiful things to see around, but it's really just about being an educated, well-mannered tourist.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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