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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Venice?

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We asked people in Venice if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Venice, it's important to respect the city's cultural norms and traditions. Avoid touching or leaning on the city's historic structures, as they are often fragile and can be damaged easily. Don't feed the pigeons in St. Mark's Square, as it's illegal and can result in a fine. Avoid eating or drinking while walking around, as this is considered impolite. Instead, take the time to sit down and enjoy your meal or drink. Similarly, don't eat or drink in public places like churches or museums. When visiting churches, dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees. It's also considered disrespectful to take photos inside most churches. Don't swim in the canals, as it's not only illegal but also unsafe due to the water quality. Avoid using a gondola for transportation, as they are typically used for tourist sightseeing and can be quite expensive. Instead, use the public water buses known as vaporettos. Finally, try to learn a few basic phrases in Italian. While many Venetians speak English, they will appreciate your effort to communicate in their language," commented one expat who made the move to Venice, Italy.

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