ABOVE: In Venice, you need more than an address to find your destination.
In Venice, we often see tourists wandering around in confusion as they try to find their hotels, B&Bs, or vacation apartments. They've made the mistake of thinking that addresses in Venice are sequential (as house numbers are in most cities), and that an address like "Santa Croce 946"--the address of the delightful Hotel Ai Due Fanali--will help them pinpoint their destination on a map.
Unfortunately, that isn't how things work in Venice:
"Santa Croce 946" simply means that the address is door number 946 in the sestiere or district of Santa Croce. Within a given sestiere, blocks of house numbers are assigned almost randomly, so it's important to have specific, detailed directions when you go looking for a hotel or other building. Once you find your way to the correct street or square, you can look for the number above the door.
For more information about how to avoid getting lost, read "Walking in Venice: Finding your way with maps, directions, and street signs" at Veniceforvisitors.com.