The gps in venice doesn’t work perfectly, due to how the city was built.
There are more open areas such as campi ( places) and wide calli (streets) where it works best and other areas such as narrow calli where the power is reduced.
Where it works best
The areas of the city where the GPS works well are increasing more and more and the service is improving. In areas such as campi and wide calli the GPS has a better and more constant service.
Which Gps application should be used
We assume that a good part of the maps present on modern devices are well developed and with complete functions.
Any navigation problems are often related to the device or connection problems. Personally, I use the Google maps application, it works quite well and consistently, and is also updated and implemented continuously and carefully.
To remember: the mode to use for the GPS in Venice is on foot mode.
How to avoid the problem of “calli”
If possible, always set the district and the correct house / shop city number.
Better not to rely only on the name of the streets, in Venice they are repeated in the various districts that here are called “Sestieri”.
If you don’t know what sestieri and calli are, we recommend you to read Here this practical introduction to Venice.
To get to the hotel with the GPS normally, there is a fair amount of coverage in the area we are in, and I also recommend setting San Marco 5264 and postcode 30124.
Alternatives and advice
If you don’t know how to use the GPS or don’t know how, don’t worry. Venice is structured in a relatively simple and organized way to be easily explorable. The main points of interest are always well marked by signs hanging on the walls of houses and buildings, they help a lot.
Obviously it is always recommended to organize yourself with a small itinerary that will help you to know in advance where the places you want to see are and therefore to enjoy the city to the fullest and not waste too much time.
Asking to people that are around or shops for information is always good, but to allow us to help you better, ask if possible the name of the closest Campo or shop that you are looking for. With the only information of a house city number or the name of a small street is very difficult even for us locals to help.
Consider using a simple map, in the Hotel I always provide it personally to all the Guests and it helps a lot.
Ambra -Hotel San Salvador Team-