It can be tricky to navigate in a different country. If you’re wondering how to find your address in Venice, we’re going to help you figure it out! Let’s see what are the issues and how to solve them. Read on!
First, map apps don’t help you when you’re trying to figure out how to find your address in Venice, because the Venetian system for numbering houses is a bit different.
The city is divided into six sestieri (or sections). There are three on either side of the Grand Canal. So the first issue is that there is a set of numbers starting from 1 for each sestiere. The bigger the sestiere, the higher the last number in the series is. For instance, Cannaregio goes up to 6426 while Santa Croce only to 2359.
The system follows the side of the campo or calle where no. 1 starts. So if there is a side street that goes off the main street, the numbers increase in that direction. The numbering in that side street can be entirely different from the numbers on the neighboring buildings.
An official address in Venice is made up of the name of the sestiere and the building number, e.g. Cannaregio 2684.
Keep in mind that the name of the place (calle or campo) isn’t relevant or included in the official address because the street name will like exist in every sestiere.
Don’t worry, though! Even Venetians themselves can’t always locate a certain address, and so resort to using landmarks to give directions. Close to the church of so-and-so, next to the baker’s, not far from that bridge, etc.
Ask For Help
What if you only have the official address and your map app does not show that specific number? There is only one universal solution: ASK.
Prontopia locals are a very skillful resource because they know Venice like the back of their hands. However, if you are in the vicinity of your destination, ask for help from locals or people in shops.
The most informed people to ask are the postmen and the waste collectors. They can remember the addresses by heart, but only the addresses in the area where they work. If you are far from your destination and do not have any other clue, it’s hard. Ask a local policeman (their uniform bear the writing “Polizia Locale”) who, will surely try their best to help.
Keep in mind to ask for some additional information when you are given a Venetian address. Another useful resource is the website venicexplorer.net. Either you have the official address or the name of the calle or campo, fill in the form and the result will appear together with a map and the names of the nearest waterbus stops.