That was a funny one. Anyone who is not visually impaired and has been in Venice long enough to get to Erbaria should have seen that there is water in every direction. But, I really do trust that some part of that question escaped before I could hear it. They had to be looking for the Grand Canal. Harmless. But not every ridiculous question that people ask in Venice is so quickly forgivable...
The two most common, and most painful for Venetians, ridiculous questions that people ask about Venice are:
- What time does Venice close? It doesn't! People live in Venice. But when someone asks that question, it implies that they haven't noticed any signs of real life in Venice at all. That hurts. Laundry hanging out to dry is a good sign that you are near someone's home.
- Where can I park my car near Saint Mark's Square? You can't. The main island of Venice is entirely pedestrian. When someone asks that question, it makes Venetians wonder if that person has come to the wrong town by mistake.
Many people, myself included, arrive in Venice for the first time with absolutely no knowledge about the City. Me? I came stumbling off of an overnight train, never having learned anything about Venice in my life, booked a room before even looking outside of Santa Lucia station, walked outside and promptly burst into tears. The rest is a history book full of me asking ridiculous questions about Venice. "Where can I buy a needle and some thread?" Absurd! So now, OG Venice Travel Guide has the answers to lots of ridiculous questions about Venice!