Dawn is the time to find a calm and peaceful Venice. Once the cruise ships and tourist buses arrive, peace seems a thing of the past.
A particular noise problem, much hated by the locals, is that of wheely suitcases being hauled across Venice’s cobbled pavements and bumped up and down the stepped bridges. There is talk of these cases being banned from May 2015, but the practicality of such a ban (and the associated 500 Euro fine) is under question. If you’re buying a new suitcase, though, it’s worth considering getting one with soft wheels. Ban or no ban, at least you’ll be popular with Venetians and the residents of other similarly inflicted tourist towns.
There are, of course, bigger problems than suitcases in Venice – read about the cruise liners that pass through the Giudecca Canal here.