Originally Posted by ~Rachel~
My family and I are thinking of going over there this summer in our caravan
I know that Venice gets VERY busy in the summer (we'd be going in mid-July) so I was wondering whether the amount of people there actually spoils it a bit and whether getting into the city itself becomes a problem?
Any other general bits a advice would be very welcome
Hi, Rachel! Here's an Italian voice for you...
Let me see, I've only been to Venice once, and it was a good few years ago, and at the beginning of August, so not far from the period you're probably going to choose with your family.
It is true that Venice tends to be very crowded in the summer, yet it's true that Venice can be pretty crowded all year round. The thing with summer days is that with the high temperatures, the intense humidity and the high density of tourists presence, you can find it a bit harder to really enjoy the place, as you could - say - in mid-Spring, or early Fall.
Getting in the city won't probably be a big issue... depending on how you're travelling (you might be flying in, or even driving all the way through a nice slice of Europe!) you're going to have multiple options.
Actually, if you're coming by car, finding accommodation just outside Venice could be cheaper and not too unconvenient. You can drive right to the 'entrance' to the city, and park in a big multi-story lot. Of course you'd be missing on part of the city charm at night, but you'd definitely be saving some money. If you're flying, staying in Venice becomes a must, so I suggest that you start looking for accommodation quite early.
Be ready to walk a lot, that's the best way to really enjoy Venice and its little streets and alleys (calle), the small squares (campi), though of course the use of the ferry along the Canal Grande is recommended, especially to get quickly to places, and to get a general view of the city from the water.
Be sure you don't miss Murano - where they make impressive things with glass - and the whole 'laguna'... I admit I'm not the biggest fan of Venice (I like other areas of my country better) but I've been as objective as I possibly could!
Feel free to ask for more info, or in case you need help with Italian for any reason, I'll be around