Dear fellow travelers,
We were recently invited to a couple of friends’ wedding in Mogliano Veneto and we decided to take advantage of the long weekend to spend a couple of days in Venice, really close to the wedding venue.
Here is a bit of information of how to get there, where to stay and how to move around.
The city and lagoon are served by the international airport Marco Polo. We flew with EasyJet and Vueling and had a very bad experience with the latter on our way back, but we’ll write more abut it soon. To get to the city center from the airport you have different options:
- take the bus n°5 from the arrivals terminal to Piazzale Roma, near the train station (this is the last access point for cars since the whole city is pedestrian). From there you can walk or take a vaporetto (the urban ferry) to your destination. You can buy a combo ticket bus+ferry from machines at the airport for 14€
- take the Alilaguna ferry from the airport port to get directly to the heart of the city without changing transportation. The ferry serves the main vaporetto stops like Rialto, San Marco and Santa Lucia train station. It takes 1h to get to San Marco and you’ll get the opportunity to have a view of the laguna and its islands (Lido, Murano, Giudecca…). One-way ticket is 15€.
We took both options and we would recommend you the second one since it’s easier, more comfortable, you don’t have to face any traffic along the way. The bus, in fact, goes along the only road that reaches the laguna that is always congested. We would not recommend you to rent a car at the airport and try to reach Venice by car, as in that case the closest to the city you can get is Piazzale Roma and parking costs 25/30 € per day!
Venice is quite small and you can visit almost everything by foot, even though you have sometimes to plan your itinerary in order to be near a bridge when you want to get on the other side of the Canal Grande: there aren’t many bridges crossing this big canal and it can be easier sometimes to take a vaporetto to get to destination. The price for a single fare is 7.50€, but if you are staying for a few days more it can be worth getting the Venezia Unica Card to have better prices: you will find further details here. We took the ferry just once to get to our accommodation and it was really a nice experience: comfortable, easy and with a great view! 😍 Do not take boat taxi: they are extremely expensive and never really necessary!
We stayed in an apartment in San Samuele neighborhood, near Palazzo Grassi and just 10 minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. We booked the apartment on Booking and, even though the host was nice and communication was easy, we were not very satisfied by it: the apartment was a bit old and, even though we knew from the description that the check out was at 10am, we were surprised by the fact that there was no possibility of leaving our luggage to the host for the rest of the check-out day, an option that is normally offered by any apartment host to allow guests to enjoy their last day in town without carrying around their luggage. After a few minutes of panic – since our flight back was at 10 pm! 😝 – we immediately found a solution on the internet: Venice Luggage Deposit was what we needed! A deposit for the day in the city center, just a few minutes walk from our apartment, at at a very fair price: just 11€ for the day for both our cabin trolleys!
Another important tip: always have cash with you! In Italy they tend to refuse payment by card for small amounts, so if you are paying a coffee or a small souvenir, you’d better have some Euros in your pockets 😉
Stay tuned if you want to know more about Venice because our guide to the city is coming soon!
Eat The Road! 😉