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Venice

Arriving by air. There are four methods of getting into Venice...

1. Water taxi. Cost €95 (cash) to your hotel. Will accommodate up to 12 people with luggage, but will make only one drop off. If you wish to economize, organize a group of fellow passengers before you get to the taxi desk and agree with them on a central drop off point. Taxi desk is out of arrivals, make left, see desk about 50 meters. After organizing with the clerk, take free shuttle bus to the dock (4 minutes) and get water taxi - takes 35 or so mins to Venice. Ask him to take you down the Grand Canal. (He'll probably ask for another €10, but it's worth it for the views.)

2. Land bus (blue ATVO). tickets and as above but cost €3. 15 minute ride to Piazzale Roma, Venice's bus station. When you exit the land bus look across the station and you will see the ACTV office, that's the waterbus. Take a water bus (vaporetto) down the grand canal to a stop near your hotel. Tickets cost €6.50 per 60 minutes, see for the full schedule. Takes from 15 to 40 mins depending on hotel location. You will probably want the no.1 going to the right - down the Grand Canal.


3. Water bus (ALILAGUNA) from airport. Get tickets at the same office at the airport. Take shuttle bus to dock. Costs approx €14, takes 50 mins and arrives at S Marco. The Blue or Orange line will take you to various locations in Venice.  Check website below.  There is a Gold (direct) Alilaguna service which costs €25. Click for info about Alilaguna. www.alilaguna.it

4. Land taxi...takes you to Piazzale Roma, costs about €27. The least advisable choice.


Arriving at train station (Ferrovia).

1. Take a water taxi to your hotel. Costs €55 for the taxi.

2. Take vaporetto (waterbus) going left down Grand Canal.


3. Take a walk (depending on location of hotel)




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Some common phrases


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COURTESY

Please.
Per favore.
pehr fah-VOH-reh
Please.
Per piacere.
pehr pyah-CHEH-reh
Thank you.
Grazie.
GRAH-tsyeh
You're welcome.
Prego.
PREH-goh
Sorry (excuse me).
Scusi.
SKOO-zee
Excuse me (may I get through?).
Permesso.
pehr-MEHS-soh
It doesn't matter.
Non importa.
nohn eem-POHR-tah

GREETINGS

Good morning/good afternoon.
Buon giorno.
bwon JOHR-noh
Good evening.
Buona sera.
BWOH-nah SEH-rah
Good night.
Buona notte.
BWOH-nah NOHT-tah
Hello (formal).
Salve.
SAHL-veh
Good-bye (formal).
Arrivederci.
ahr-ree-veh-DEHR-chee
Hello. Good-bye (informal).
Ciao.
chow
See you soon.
A presto.
ah PREH-stoh
See you later.
A più tardi.
ah pyoo TAHR-dee

APPROACHING SOMEONE FOR HELP

Excuse me,...
Mi scusi,...
mee SKOO-zee
·Sir.
·signore.
see-NYOH-reh
·Madam/Mrs.
·signora.
see-NYOH-rah
·Miss/Ms.
·signorina.
see-nyoh-REE-nah
Do you speak English?
Parla inglese?
PAHR-lah een-GLEH-zeh?
Yes.
Sì.
see
No.
No.
noh
I'm sorry.
Mi dispiace.
mee dee-SPYAH-cheh
I don't speak Italian.
Non parlo italiano.
nohn PAHR-loh ee-tah-LYAH-noh
I understand a little.
Capisco un pò.
ka-PEE-skoh oon poh
Please speak more slowly.
Per favore, parli più adagio.
pehr-fah-VOH-reh, PAHR-lee pyoo ah-DAH-joh
Please repeat.
Per favore ripeta.
pehr-fah-VOH-reh ree-PEH-tah
May I ask a question?
Posso fare una domanda?
POHS-soh FAH-reh OO-nah doh-MAHN-dah?
Could you please help me?
Può aiutarmi, per favore?
pwoh ah-yoo-TAHR-mee, pehr fah-VOH-reh?
Of course.
Certamente.
cher-tah-MEHN-teh
Where is the bathroom?
Dov'è la toletta?
doh-VEH lah toh-eh-LEHT-tah?
Thank you very much.
Mille grazie.
MEEL-leh GRAH-tsyeh

QUESTION WORDS

Who?
Chi?
kee?
What?
Che cosa?
keh KOH-sah
Why?
Perché?
pehr-KEH?
When?
Quando?
KWAHN-doh?
Where?
Dove?
DOH-veh?
How?
Come?
KOH-meh?
How much?
Quanto?
KWAHN-toh?

NUMBERS

once
una volta
OO-nah VOHL-tah
0
zero
DZEH-roh
first
primo
PREE-moh
1
uno
OO-noh
twice
due volte
DOO-eh VOHL-teh
second
secondo
seh-KOHN-doh
third
terzo
TEHR-tsoh
2
due
DOO-eh
half
mezzo
MEHD-dzoh
fourth
quarto
KWAHR-toh
half of
metà di
mehd-TAH dee
3
tre
treh
fifth
quinto
KWEEN-toh
a third
un terzo
oon TEHR-tsoh
4
quattro
KWAHT-troh
5
cinque
CHEEN-kweh
a quarter
un quarto
oon KWAHR-toh
6
sei
SEH-ee
percent
per cento
pehr CHEHN-toh
7
sette
SEHT-teh
a lot of
molto
MOHL-toh
a little of
un po' di
oon POH dee
8
otto
OHT-toh
9
nove
NOH-veh
a few
alcuni
ahl-KOO-nee
enough
abbastanza
ahb-bah-STAHN-tsah
10
dieci
DYEH-chee
11
undici
OON-dee-chee
too much
troppo
TROHP-poh
too little
troppo poco
TROHP-poh POH-koh
12
dodici
DOH-dee-chee
13
tredici
TREH-dee-chee
a dozen of
una dozzina di
OO-nah dohd-DZEE-nah dee
14
quattrodici
kwat-TOHR-dee-chee
15
quindici
KWEEN-dee-chee
16
sedici
SEH-dee-chee
17
diciassette
dee-chahs-SEHT-teh
18
diciotto
dee-CHOHT-toh
19
diciannove
dee-chahn-NOH-veh
20
venti
VEHN-tee
21
ventuno
vehn-TOO-noh
22
ventidue
vehn-tee-DOO-eh
30
trenta
TREHN-tah
40
quaranta
kwah-RAHN-tah
50
cinquanta
cheen-KWAHN-tah
60
sessanta
sehs-SAHN-tah
70
settanta
seht-SAHN-tah
80
ottanta
oh-TAHN-tah
90
novanta
noh-VAHN-tah
100
cento
CHEHN-toh
101
centouno
chehn-toh-OO-noh
200
duecento
dweh-CHEHN-toh
1,000
mille
MEEL-leh
2,000
duemila
dweh-MEE-lah

CHANGING MONEY

Where can I change some dollars?
Dove posso cambiare dei dollari?
DOH-veh POHS-soh kam- BYAH-reh day DOHL-lah-ree?
·this check?
·questo assegno?
·KWEH-stoh ahs-SEH-nyoh?
Is the bank open?
È aperta la banca?
eh ah-PEHR-tah lah BAHN-kah?
No, it's closed.
No, è chiusa.
noh, eh KYOO-sah
Is there a currency exchange nearby?
C'è un ufficio cambio qui vicino?
cheh oon oof-FEE-choh KAHM-byoh kwee vee-CHEE-noh?
How much is the dollar worth today?
Quanto vale il dollaro oggi?
KWAHN-toh VAH-leh eel DOHL-lah-reh OHD-jee?
Do you need my passport?
Ha bisogno del passaporto?
ah bee-ZOH-nyoh dehl pahs-sah-POHR-toh?
Where do I sign?
Dove firmo?
DOH-veh FEER-mah?

TIME AND TIME EXPRESSIONS

What time is it?
Che ora è?
keh OH-rah eh?
It's one o'clock.
È l'una.
eh LOO-nah
·noon.
·mezzogiorno.
mehd-dzoh-JOHR-noh
·midnight.
·mezzanotte.
mehd-zah-NOHT-teh
It's 2:00.
Sono le due.
SOH-noh leh DOO-eh
·2:15.
·le due e un quarto.
·leh DOO-eh eh oon KWAHR-toh
·2:30.
·le due e mezzo.
·leh DOO-eh eh MEHD-zoh
·2:45.
·le due e tre quarti.
·leh DOO-eh eh treh KWAHR-tee
·2:50.
·le tre meno dieci.
·leh treh MEH-noh DYEH-chee
·3:10.
·le tre e dieci.
·leh treh eh DYEH-chee
five minutes ago
cinque minuti fa
CHEEN-kweh mee-NOO-tee fah
in a half hour
fra mezz'ora
frah mehdz OH-rah
before 9:00 A.M.
prima delle nove di mattina
PREE-mah DEHL-leh NOH-veh dee maht-TEE-nah
after 8:00 P.M.
dopo le otto di sera
DOH-poh leh OHT-toh dee SEH-rah
since 3:00 P.M.
dalle tre del pomeriggio
DAHL-leh treh dehl poh-meh-REED-joh
When does it begin?
Quando comincia?
KWAHN-doh koh-MEEN-chah?
He came on time.
È arrivato in orario.
eh ahr-ree-VAH-toh een oh-RAH-ryoh
·early.
·in anticipo.
·een ahn-TEE-cee-poh
·late.
·in ritardo.
·een ree-TAHR-doh

PAYING THE BILL

The bill, please.
Il conto, per favore.
eel KOHN-toh pehr fah-VOH-reh
How much do I owe you?
Quanto Le devo?
KWAHN-toh leh DEH-voh?
Is service included?
Il servizio è incluso?
eel sehr-VEE-tsyoh eh een-KOO-soh?
This is for you.
Questo è per Lei.
KWEH-stoh eh pehr ley