Rome, Italy

Laws

Marijuana is illegal, but is tolerated for personal useage. A new law may be passed allowing up to 5 grams of any drug for personal usage

Law enforcement

Cops are very relaxed in italy. They will aproach you if you are smoking in their face, but as long as you’re in a crowded piazza, or in your home, they don’t care at all. They are too busy flirting with girls and smoking cigarettes.

Where to buy marijuana in Rome

Definitely not campo!!!! That is a good place to score bad stuff.

Santa Maria in Trastevere, and the bar “san Calisto” close by. Look for pierced homeless types, and make eye contact. Remember that they will hook you up, if you pay more. Also, if you go to Termini Station and walk the streets near by. Find a few moroccans. Many of them have family/friends who dealers. They can give great deals for bigger purchaces.

“San Lorenzo, kind of a student district i suppose. just walk around and keep your eyes open. albanians mostly, shaved head, some tattoed and scary looking. Otherwise ask for a place called “trenta-due” (=32) just opposite of the “trenta-tre” (33 i suppose). alternative place, just ask someone, smoking is socially accepted there. Be careful though – and nice… ”

For cheap Weed (in buds) but still good quality, you should check out Piazza di Santa Caterina della Rota. To get there, just go on Campo de’ Fiori and ask where Caffé Perù is (That place is awesome if you don’t want to pay insane prices for your beer/cocktail). You’ll be there in seconds (google streetview –> http://goo.gl/maps/te3GU) There will most likely be one or more guys sitting in front of the church’s doorstep. If he’s not there, he might be sitting on the doorstep of the building on the left. Go there and ask the guy/guys for weed. He doesn’t bag his weed so be prepared and bring some kind of container (empty cigarette pack for example).

The price is about 10€ per gram, but he’ll overweight the shit out of it as he doesn’t put it in bags.

If you’re looking for hashish, Ponte Sisto (Piazza Trilussa) is the right place for ya. It’s pretty standard quality though and the Police likes to be in the Piazza, so make sure they’re not around! Just ask people on the bridge for weed. Some might ask you to do some roleplaying (go away from the bridge and then act like you’re meeting a good friend and do the exchange). Price is 10€ for 1g there too.

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Rome marijuana prices

Hashish is about 10 euros a gram, but a 10 euro piece ranges from .7 -1.5 grams. 20 euros for 2-3 grams, 50 euros for 6-12 grams, 100 euros – 30-50 grams (look for morrocans for good deals). Weed is not totally worth buying, but it’s actually the same price or slightly cheaper.

Strains

Mostly moroccan hash, but sometimes good zero zero first press kinds of stuff. Also napal, and black afghani too. Weed is usually homegrown crap, but sometimes I find really nice orange bud. Well dried and cured.

More information

I have lived here a year now. I recommend making friends, and learning a tiny bit of italian. If you buy only from the streets it might not be good, but if you get to know a guy, he can hook you up with what he is smoking.

Florence (Firenze), Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 2.5

Legislation: The last city law against the degradation has aimed the finger against the drinkers. For problems of public order and safety, the bottles of glass cannot be sold after the 10pm. Consequently the police, paradoxicalally, controls who drinks and not who smokes (not too much). In Florence to smoke a joint in the street is not absolutely a problem. Drink a bottle of beer instead is prohibited, therefore after the 10pm you can buy the cans of of beer and enjoy it

Currently the Italian law on the amount of hashish for personal use has been reviewed ( 1.000 milligrams is the maximum quantity of express active thc detenibile to personal use exclusively). The possession of 4,5/5g would not have to involve consequences. In Florence the police has never been too strict with who smokes, therefore now the situation is quite calm.

Law enforcement: The police does not insist on the smokers, however it is better to smoke or to buy in determines places. better to avoid the zone of Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi and Piazza del duomo. These zones of the center continuously are invaded by the tourists therefore these are a lot watched.

You can smoke in open space, is easy, but not in the center area like near the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria. Police is quiet, but they’re howevere policemen therefore take care.

Where to buy marijuana in Florence:

Santa Maria Novella is the best quarter to buy, to smoke, to do what you want. Price are low (6, 7 euros X 1g of good African hashish). Be careful, because is not a too safe place.

Marijuana is hard to come by unless you know someone. Florence has a huge college student population from all over the world, so your best bet is to ask an American student who has been living in the city for several weeks and knows their way around. Florence is small, so you can walk just about anywhere. Your best bet is to hang out at any of the nightclubs near Santa Croce. People you meet in these nightclubs are generally all college students around age 20 or so, making your chances of scoring weed significantly higher.

There is also a headshop a few blocks north of Santa Croce. It has many different colored pot leaves painted on it, so it is hard to miss. Their merchandise is a steal: I bought a one foot bong that looks like an ancient Roman vase for only 6E. If you stop into the store and buy something, I am sure the cashier might be willing to help you out.

As a rule, DO NOT buy any weed around the Santa Maria Novella train station. This is usually the first place people enter Florence, since until very recently tourists had to take a train from Pisa’s airport because Florence’s airport was being renovated. The train station is usually very crowded and full of shifty characters. Do not buy weed from any gypsies or vagrants, because there is a good chance they might just take your money and you will end up with oregano. Not to mention the train station is patrolled heavily by cops.

our most recent report is: “In my city you must know some guys for cheap price and good hash/weed. I usually smoke holland weed and really potent marrocan hash, the best place where you can find some hash is Santo Spirito, this place by night is full of students, you can smoke withless preoccupation. Everyone smoke pot here. San Lorenzo (north african zone) can be a option, but be careful with your money because is a dangerous place for tourist or not italian people. Santa Croce is full of rip off. Santa Maria Novella by night is really dangerous. You can find some hash in local squats (centro sociale). For weed aquitance is the better way. The weed can bee fantastic or bad. Try at the Univerity in “piazza brunelleschi”, here you can find all you want!

Don’t try in the american pub or in other bad place like Cathedral, Andromeda, Lions ecc… ”

a local reporter added: “good idea not to buy anything near the station. I suggest also: not to buy anything in San Lorenzo zone: it is considered dangerous by the same florentine people so watch out!!

Better (in the evening or night) try the Brunelleschi and Santissima Annunziata zone (but you may get bad stuff), or Santa Croce square, were northafrican people will call you and sell medium quality hash. do not go alone (expecially girls), watch out for police and try to negotiate the price. ”

“The better low prices are those of the Piagge (ward in the north-west of Florence), but you go with someone of Florence because the zone is really, really dangerous. ”

“There are many places where you can make interesting transactions. Beyond those in the list, I council: the african market of San Niccolo, the park of San

Salvi (where are a good bar called Ulisse and a squat that proposes some anarchopunk concerts) and Saint Spirito place (here you can try directly in the square or in a alley where is a bar called “Caffט Notte).

Near square Sant’ Ambrogio there is an optimal store specialized in hemp where to buy fantastic seeds and to become agriculturist”

Latest reprts say: “The best place i found and a constant connect was in a place called Lungarno. It was by a bus stop on the corner of valle antonio gramusci and lungarno cristofo colombo there was usually a couple of moroccan guys pretty shady looking but ok always constant. They are usually sitting on the wall they will ask you. Just say you want Cinquanta (fifty) anything more than that they will rip u off.

Florence marijuana prices: Nothing in this city comes cheap, including marijuana. Expect to pay 15-20E or so for a gram of mediocre pot.

A recent report is: ” 2g X 20e

5g X 50e

really good hash or weed 10/12e x1g ”

and also “For Hash: north african hash, in the streets, 10e x 1g. If you know some people the price flow down a 5 or 6e for gram. Idian hash, sublime hash (!!!) 10 or 12e for 1 gram. In Florence many people smoke hash with chilum.

For weed 10e x 1g.”

Brands: North African Hash (called Marocchino can be bad or really good, it’s the most commonly pot in Florence-cheap) Borbuka (top strong and tasty african hash-expensive) Charas (indian hash, fantastic, really strong with an incredible taste, smoke it with chilum-expensive) Polline (good hash, much diffusing, above all you draw road dealers- relatively cheap) Weed (many people in Florence cultivate the weed in house, this can be really good or not, the weed that comes from the Swiss or Holland is enough diffuse, always fantastic, but much more beloved than that one cultivated in house- generally expensive, it depends on the quality )

More information: While the cannabis culture in Florence is limited, alcohol is widely acceptable as a form of inebriation. Bars, pubs, and nightclubs are all over the city, catering to all different kinds of customers. The drinking age is 16, though never enforced. There are no laws against having an open container of alcohol in public (I walked down the street drinking from a liter of Heineken all the time)

a good piece of advice was: I would usually act like a jogger and run along cristofo colombo, do the exchange then keep running. You don’t want to get caught in Italy with drugs, they will arrest you.

Marijuana, by comparision, is far riskier and less plentiful. Finding it is not impossible though. Unless you know a decent amount of Italian, sticking to nightclubs and bars like Andromeda and Lochness that are dominated by English-speaking students to better your chances of meeting people.

Florence is a really quite city for smoke, it’s full of hippies and by night the squares are full of young people who play music, drink good Chianti wine and smoke strong and tasty Chilum. Many people from Pisa or Siena come in Florence to buy hash or weed beacause the price is lower than other city. If you buy 50g or more, the affair is really cheap… The clubs and the squats propose a tons of reggae/dub party (Florence love reggae), good vibration, good music, and excellent occasions to find all the pot you want.

Florence is probably the more hippie city of Italy, in the night the public squares is filled up of people that sound, of jugglers and students. The police generally does not control very the persons who smoke, ago much more attention to the drunks, than often they become troublesome. If you come stopped with a little piece of pot, generally the policeman throws it out, he perceives you for the next time and he leaves you to go.

and also: “Hello, i’m italian, i live in Florence from some years. I would want to say something on how much i read a this profile. Reading it in fact I have noticed several discrepancies between who says that in Florence smoke it is much easy one and who says the contrary. I believe that such problem turns out from the fact that who says that here to find some hash or weed is hard, is an american. Florence in fact is full of foreign students, many of which are americans and, considering their number and the amount of pub or clubs it specializes for the customers american, these stretch to make group, go only to determines clubs (like the Lions, the Cathedral or the Fish) and remain outside from true Florence. People of Florence, generally, do not have relationships with the students americans. I have not never seen one student american in a squat, in an university party and very rarely i have met some american in the bars where i usually go. I think that for they is truly difficult to find a good hash spending a reasonable money. The street dealers are a lot attention to who to sell and the americans, and the tourists in a generalized manner, often come seen like persons to which give rip-off. Therefore the same piece of hash that to an italian would be sold for 10 euro, for an american is sold for 25. To often discuss is useless because the dealers, above all in some zones as Saint Lorenzo or Santa Croce, are not the calmest persons and the brawls are frequent. I counsel truly much calm in buying hash/weed, above all in Saint Lorenzo (but also the train station Santa Maria Novella), this quarter is not sure the better place where negotiate if you do not speak italian , particularly in the night. My advise is therefore know someone, make friendship and to that point the problems would have to be end. However in Santo Spirito square, where every night come in very many persons, the situation is calm and better things are found.

In Florence great problems do not exist to smoke. In the streets and in the public squares it is spold more, is natural, but enough to make the just encounter for having of the optimal one hash/weed without to spend too much. The squats and some clubs are optimal places where you can find all that of which you have need.

Moreover, during the vacations of the 25 April, in Florence carries out the “72 Ore”, a big rave party with very many sound system (reggae, tekno, drum’n bass, goa, breakbeat etc…) for three days. This event is organized against the Italian prohibitionist laws about the drugs. People of all Italy come for these three days of total madness, during which you will find and see all. Guarantee. Enjoy it!

Messina, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 1

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal, but is tolerated for personal useage. A new law may be passed allowing up to 5 grams of any drug for personal usage

Law enforcement: Cops Around but if careful no troubles.

Where to buy marijuana in Messina: 4Tourists if lucky in Piazza Municipio if you see punks skaters or old smokers with guitar there are not dealers but friendly people who could help you.

Messina marijuana prices: Skunk from gianni@17/20€ per gram, elsewhere 10 mostly.

Normally everything sold at 10 euro per gram normal seedy weed at 5 Seedy Weed 50gr/180euro in Bad Areas like Maregrosso or Giostra, Annunziata, places where even messina’s people don’t like to go.

Strains: Mostly local medium weed, skunk , moroccoan hashish and from small kids chocolate bad quality hash.

More information: This town is sadly known as the heroin town that’s maybe why there’s so few pot dealers cuz the local mafia is interested in moving a more expensive drug with less troubles of weight without care of the silly kids in this town taking approach to this shit we can say messina is the maintown in sicily for heroin with night/day dealers with the cops complicity who get payed from most of the big dealers like shown many times in local papers, in fact there’s a junky tourism from the rest of sicily and calabria for what we mentioned before.

Milan, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: In Italy you cannot sell, buy, smoke or grow cannabis. Soft and hard drugs are the same for Italian law. You must be very carefull if you smoke in public.

You will not go in jail for one joint but your driving license and your passport can be suspended. Probably actual left government will be more tollerant and there will be no problem if you have cannabis for personal use.

Law enforcement: Police, Carabinieri, Guardia di Finanza, Polizia Locale, (non ever in uniform, pay attention!) are almost averywhere in big cities as Milan.

a recent report we received argues that: “It is Illegal, but sold in some store, and parks. Hash, and marijuana are very tolerated.”

Where to buy marijuana: Marijuana is hard to find if you do not know poeple but hash is easy to find.

In the afternoon go to Park Sempione just behind the Sforzesco’s Castle. Look for North African guys alone under a tree or on a bench and ask for “fumo” (hash). Pay attention to policemen not in uniform and hidden cameras (a lot in the park).

a recent report added: “in parks look for young north african, or italian young fellas who can provide hash, and the herb practically upon demand.”

Milan marijuana prices: About 10 euros for 1 gram.

Brands: Moroccan. Quality may vary (nothing to see with Amsterdam quality).

and a recent report added: ” Fumo (hash) can be Nero (black), Cioccolato (chocolate), morocco (also brown, least good)”

Naples, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 5

Legislation: As of recently the Italian Government passed a law giving out harsh penalities for possesion of .3g of ANY drug. Rest assured you would have to really mess up to get busted for hash or weed.

Law enforcement: Cops don’t care. They may give you a hassle for being foreign and mock you. That is the extent of my experience. I did get slapped one time for lying to the cop… No ticket or deportation though.

Where to buy marijuana: HA. Naples, like the inner-cities of any major city has “bases”. Most are in an area called ‘zona 167’ near SECONDIGLIANO. most highways in the south of italy meet there. Good spot for organized crime. I would not suggest a foreigner going there without the assistance of a local guide.

A base for weed and hash will tend to have two guys, one for the money and one for the shit. Those are the drive thru ones. Some you have to get out and go in or up to a little bank-teller style hole-in-the-wall. The more ‘tude you show the better sticks and bags you get. That is my experience.

Mind you, italians are very lazy. So there are places to cop EVERYWHERE. One of my faves is behind the MacDonald’s resturant in Piazza Dante. There are kids from a soccer firm called the mastiffs. Good weed.

Good hash is not at bases, well not normally, ask about la pasticceria. they have afghan,morroc and turk normnally. and indoor grown weed.

Good weed floats around the base. generally in the outskirts of Guigliano, Torre dell’annuziata and marano you can find some good stuff before they cut the weed.

Yeah I said they cut they weed. They spike it with medicines and shit like barbituates and opiates. Watch out for that. If they weed smells wrong, it is probably wrong

Padova, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: There’s no difference between hard and soft drugs in Italy, but a new law is now being discussed in the parliament, so 5 grams should now be considered as personal use

Law enforcement: Police usually have better things to do than look for stoners, but if you get caught in the act of selling or you have big quantities on you then you’re in trouble.

Where to buy marijuana: If you have no hook ups then hit Piazza delle Erbe (The square of the herbs… ironic) and make eye contact with one of the many moroccan guys standing by the fountain or under the porches that surround the square. Padova is a university city, ask people that look like they smoke and quite likely they’ll sort you out even themselves or by pointing you to the right guy.

Marijuana prices: Hash, from morocco mainly, is about 6-8 euro a gram, weed is 10-12 euro a gram but the possibilities of finding weed without knowing someone are low. If buying from the moroccan guys in the piazza: get the hash he gives you for what you’re paying him (20 euro is usual) , smell it (as you do) and ask him for a bit more, THEN hand him the money and off you go, ready for a quiet smoke in a lovely city

Marijuana brands:

More information: As far as smoking in public is concerned just don’t make it too obvious and you’ll be fine, and if you’re a tourist even better, police won’t be able to spaek to you and they’ll just ignore you if you’re not causing troble like. I strongly recommend people to go to Prato della Valle (biggest square in europe) for smoking, lay on the meadows blaze up there, puff puff and then chill.

Hope this info was useful, stay high stay free.

Perugia, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: In italy if you’re caught with less than 500 mg THC (about 5 gr. low quality hash or 2,5 high quality hemp) they only make you an administrative fine, with more, you risk a trial for dealing.

Law enforcement: Many police around (3 diff types as well….carabinieri, polizia munincipale and polizia finazia) however they are easily avoided. One suspects that a casual pot user does not rate especially highly on the ‘to do’ list.

Where to buy marijuana: Being a student town, theres plenty of smokers around, lots of people smoking in the main square near the fountain and along the main street (Corso Vannuci). All you’ll find is hash..mostly polline of ok quality. Anyone offering bud will rip you off..belive me!

Marijuana prices: About €20 for a gram.

Pisa, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 4.5

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal, but is tolerated for personal useage. A new law may be passed allowing up to 5 grams of any drug for personal usage

Law enforcement: Police (Polizia In uniform) are bad Guardia Di Finanza get boring just if you meet em in airports stations or In The Streets with Dogs Carabinieri are usually knwon as the stupid ones in the police forces, so check out mostlye the first two ones.

Where to buy marijuana in Pisa: The Best Places are The Bastion San Gallo, a park known also as Giardino Scotto in school days in morning or in every afternoon you’ll recognize little punks with moroccoan people who have plenty of hash not weed.

And By Nights in the many squats of the town called centri sociali or in piazza delle vettovaglie where people use to smoke freely and friendly offering joints and other selling it but more hippy and touristic place with higher prices than squats and giardino scotto.

Pisa marijuana prices:

JUST HASH:

STREET 10 Euro : 2/3 gr

50 grams of Caramello 150 euro (less better more robbery) 100 grams of moroccoan Tablet called “Panetta da un etto” 200/300 euro Marijuana if found just from friends and usually not less than 250 euro for 50 grams of swiss quality.

Strains: Caramello(good),primero(good),Polline(shit), Cioccolato(shit),

Siena, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]:

Siena is a bad place where to smoke or to buy. The risk is enormous. Who smoke does not have to only worry of the police, but also of “contradaioli” that are perhaps worse of the policemen. Smoke in the open air is pure fantasy here.

Legislation: No distinction between heavy drugs and soft drugs, the police to Siena is constantly present.

Law enforcement: Smoke in the streets is the better way to end in the troubles. Siena is one small city, much calm and a lot watched, from the police and also the same people of Siena. Smoke in house is better

Where to buy marijuana: There are no public squares or roads where it can be bought. The “Corte dei miracoli” is a good club where, perhaps, something is found, but the quality and the prices are absurd. Acquaintance is the better thing. In the near campaign, better transactions are made. Other way is to go during the afternoon in Via del Pantaneto to the bar called Ortensia and making acquaintance.

To make friendship is the better thing. To know someone in a bar. There is a bar near to PIazza del Campo, in the “contrada dell’Onda”, where you can meet someone who has something to sell. It remembers to you that the prices are highest here. I suggest however not to make nothing in the publics spaces publics

Marijuana prices: 10, 12e x 1 gram of bad hash it is the norm, if you do not know nobody.

Marijuana brands: generally the quality is low. But often the hash comes from Florence. Coast more but is sure better. The better thing is to go to make purchases directly Florence for one greater choice and optimal possibilities to make optimal transactions

More information: Siena is beautifull but it is not sure the best place for the smokers. In Tuscany very many people smoke regularly, therefore great problems do not exist in order to find something. Siena instead is a lot controlled therefore to find something is much difficult one, the costs is high, the quality is low and the risk is truly high. Better drink a good Chianti watching the many girls who go to the university

In Siena, the “Palio” , the “Contrada”, is the center of the city life. The habitants of Siena hold very to their city and are therefore very mind closed.

Venice, Italy

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3.5

Legislation: According to the owner of a kiosk selling paraphenalia, “you can sell the stuff to smoke but not the *stuff* to smoke”.

Cannabis has recently been seen in a more negative light than in previous years amongst Italian law enforcement.

Law Enforcement: Within the city, the police are more anti-drug than on the neighboring island of the lido.

Where to buy marijuana in Venice: When in Venice searching for smoke, it has been my experience that the best luck can be had on the lido, the city’s beach. The town has a more laid back, smoke a joint atmosphere than the nearby city. A vaporetto ride taking less than 10 minutes allows visitors to the city of Venice to reach lido quite easily. Walk along the main drag near the beach *stretching the length of the island*

Venice Marijuana Brands and prices: Moroccan hash ; 40 euro for roughly one half oz. of the black variety Blonde hash and skunk are available as well, but the locals seem to gravitate towards the black moroccan.

City tale

Home to one of Europe’s most well known Carnival celebrations, countless canals, romantic gondolas and fabulous seafood, Venice is both visually stunning and hard on the pocketbook. While public drinking -and drunkenness- are tolerated in Venice, especially during the no-hold-barred Carnival in February, the fairly conservative locals frown on pot or hash smoking.

Unlike more tolerant Rome, getting caught with bud in Venice will probably mean getting expelled from the country even though jail time is now only a remote possibility. Anything more than a personal stash (an ounce or so, no more can mean spending time in the slammer.

According to the Italian Ministry of Health, you can even lose your passport if caught with drugs. Just keep in mind levels of tolerance for smoking Maria (local slang for marijuana) varies widely throughout the country.

Whether there for the masked glamour, stunning glass art or just top-notch food and wine, always keep an eye on the budget, as Venice is one of the most expensive cities in Italy.

“Shit is expensive and you get crap. But people don’t care what you drink, how much of it you drink, when you drink it, or where you drink it,” said a traveller who gave his name as Axd.

Featured in films from James Bond to Indiana Jones, Venice is unique among European cities. Composed of countless tiny islands separated by salt-water canals and connected by tiny bridges, there is only one main highway linking the city to the mainland.

The heart of Venice is Piazzo San Marco (Saint Mark’s Plaza) with a stunning view of outlying islands, grand architecture, including the Basilica di San Marco. “This plaza was incredible. At one end were the Basilica of San Marco and the bell tower and all around it were four story-arched buildings. There were two small string orchestras on each side of the plaza and the whole area was lit up with white lights — absolutely amazing,” said Ben W. from Texas.

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The brave can face the hordes of pigeons that inhabit the plaza armed with small bags of birdseed, available from old ladies who man carts in the area.

“As soon as you start feeding them, pigeons surround you, land on you and in general envelop you faster than a pack of lawyers at the scene of a slip-and-fall accident,” said James K. from the United States.

The best way to get oriented in the twisting, turning canal-lined streets is to ride the vaporetti – the flat-bottomed boats that are the Venetian version of trams and busses. It’s possible to see most of the main canals, including the main Grand Canal, from the deck and it is far less expensive than the gondolas.

It isn’t as romantic as a ride in one of the traditional all-black boats, however.

“We all were cheesy American tourists and took a gondola ride. It was sunset, so it was so beautiful and very peaceful,” said 21-year-old Michele from Dartmouth College in the U.S., who was travelling with five friends. Regardless of how you get oriented, Venice is best seen by foot.

While hand painted signs pointing out Piazzo San Marco are everywhere, in recent years Italian jokers have added to the collection, confusing and misleading tourists. Maps, available at touristy stands everywhere, are a necessity in the confusing city, at least if you ever want to find your hotel again.

Shoppers should head to the Rialto Bridge, where mask makers, fruit sellers, Venetian glass, knock-off handbags and a stunning view fight for attention. Apply a close eye to what you buy. Make sure an artist signs your glass and double-check that freakish carnival mask to make sure plastic overlaid with plaster isn’t masquerading as paper mache. The vendors here are far more reliable than the cheap stands near San Marco. While fantastically expensive, handmade leather Carnival masks are by far the most beautiful for sale.

Wandering aimlessly around the city is a great way to find restaurants, wine shops and handcrafts tucked away into thousands of tiny nooks. If you get hungry or thirsty, just pick up a bottle of excellent Italian wine and enjoy.

“One of the great things about Europe is that there are no laws about having open alcohol containers in public. So one of the guys and I grabbed a 32 oz. Heineken and two bottles of wine each from a street vendor near the canal,” said Ben W.

And no trip to the city is complete without a seafood dinner.

Lining the Grand Canal are dozens of softly lit restaurants with outdoor seating and fresh scampi, squid risotto, stuffed crab and other ocean treats.

“We got a table by the canal. Ed had the mix grill with lobster, shellfish, and white fish. He said it was best seafood he had,” said Betty from Michigan, on vacation with her husband Ed.