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Venice

Some helpful information about Venice gathered from various sources
More information will be added as I find it
Arrival in Venice, Things to Do, Lodging, Bacari, Dining

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any personal information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

Arrival in Venice

Where you arrive in Venice will depend on where you are coming from and how you are getting here. If you are coming from the US, it is possible to get a direct flight, at least from New York. I do not know about other cities in the US.

Parking

Be advised that you cannot drive a car in the city of Venice. You can drive across the causeway and park in the Tronchetto parking garage or park in Mestre near the Venezia Mestre railway station and take the train to the Venezia Santa Lucia train station. In either case you will end up at the end of the causeway and have to make your way from there.

If you are staying in a hotel in Mestre, ask them about the best way to get into Venice. If you are staying in a hotel in Venice, ask them about the best place to park your car while you are there.

Vaporetti

Once you are in Venice, you can take a water taxi to wherever you are going, but that will be expensive. Probably the best option would be the Vaporetti — water busses. You can buy a travel card at any vaporetto ticket office for any period from 12 hours to 7 days. Also pick up a route map at the ticket office.

Gondolas

Be sure to take a gondola ride while you are there, just for the experience, but you will not be using them for standard transportation. They are a bit pricey but romantic.

Walking

The best way to get around Venice is walking. The city is not that big so this is a good option. Maybe take a vaporetto to Piazza San Marco, and walk around from there.

Traghetti

There are several bridges you can use to cross the canals while you are walking, and also the "traghetti", or gondolas, that go back and forth all day long across the canals from six locations: San Marcuola, Santa Sofia, San Tomà, San Samuele, Santa Maria del Giglio, and the Dogana. On a map of Venice, look for the dotted lines crossing the canals. This is where you will find the traghetti. A regular gondola ride will cost around €50.00 or more, but the traghetti will cost about €0.50 or so (maybe a little more now.) If they are busy, the traghetti will get full and you may have to stand, so you can decide whether to use them or walk to the closest bridge.

Venice Airport

Venice Airport
You can take a ferry from the airport to the city of Venice. If you are staying in Mestre, then contact your hotel and ask them the best way to get from the airport to the hotel.

Things to do

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Lodging

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Here are some websites that offer accomodations in Venice. I'm sure there are many more.

Bacari

A bacaro is a bar that offers "cicchetti," which are small plates similar to the tapas that are available in Spain.

Dining

These recommendations are from third parties. I do not have any information about these places. Take the recommendations but make allowance for the fact that tastes vary and you may find a different experience than what you read here.

Map

Check this map for lots more options. Click on the link below the map for a larger version.



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