is readily available in Venice, be it from your hotel, a public
telephone kiosk or even a bar. Bear in mind though that you
will require a telephone card to use a public telephone, which
can be purchased from newsagents or tabacchi shops.
Your hotel is also likely to charge a steep surcharge, particularly
for international calls so check up front what the charging
Mobile (‘cellulare’) phones are everywhere in
Italy and are a way of life the same as most places these
days. UK and other tri-band mobiles should work normally in
Venice although you may wish to contact your service provider
regards ‘global roaming’ prior to leaving. The
local operators use GSM coverage although reception in central
Venice is up and down depending on where you are.
The international dialling code for Italy is 00 (or ‘+’)
39 followed by the local area code (041 for Venice) followed
by the number. The same process should be followed for dialling
out to your respective country and locale. The code for Venice
should be used at all times whether calling from inside or
outside the city.
There are a few internet cafes in and around Venice should
the need to surf the net arise during your stay. Most decent
hotels provide access as well as wireless coverage in some
cases. Surfing in cafes can be quite expensive compared to
rates you may be used to though so again, check in advance
what the going rate is.
Venice also happens to be host to the ‘Telecom
Italia Future Centre’ - a modern museum of technology
which is intended as the centrepiece of Italian Telecommunications.
The centre has had thousands of visitors since its opening
and is a worthwhile attraction with interesting and interactive
features and limited free internet access.
Dial ‘12’ locally for Italian directory enquiries
or ‘176’ for international directory enquiries.
also provides some useful information and phrases surrounding
telephones and making calls from Italy.
Did you Know?!?
Try to avoid calling directory enquiries if possible as
the system is a maze with charges steep for this type of information.