7 Useful tips if you are in Venice for the first time
A travel guide to Venice, Italy with useful tips in 3 parts.
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If you fly with a low-cost company you should be prepared for surprises like flight delays. You should be especially careful if your flight lands at 8-9pm. At that time, the number of lines that can take you to different places in the city decreases, and also in the dark and the lack of staff, makes orientation difficult. For this, I offer several tips to save you worries and not only for this.
Here are 7 tips from placescases.com
- If you land at Treviso airport there is an information point where you can ask how to get to where you want to go. A kind lady tells you which bus to take and in how many minutes, she even sells you a ticket. She will also offer you a return ticket, but if you are not sure where you will be leaving, at what time and how, it is better to postpone and study the program in peace.
- To get to Venice, we took a bus of the Barzi company, which for 10 euros per person and after approx. 40 min. it took us to the large parking lot of Venezia Tronchetto. There are other options where the bus takes you to the other big parking lot in Venice – Piazzale Roma. You can also check the ATVO If you have a car, you can leave it at one of the two parking lots and take another form of transport to the city.
As you probably know, you cannot enter Venice by car.
The transport there is boats, and for public transport they use the so-called Vaporetto. The price for private taxis and boats is approx 70 euro from Tronchetto to Rialto bridge or San Marco square and the boat ticket for 75 min is 9.50 euro per person, so you decide.
If something goes wrong with the plan, you can always ask other tourists- look around for those waiting for transport to the airport. They are educated and have already researched things. Children up to 6 years old travel for free.
- From Tronchetto you can catch Vaporetto line 2 – we never found where it departs from because it was already late and we missed it. But you can buy a ticket from the machines at the big glass building. The public transport company is called Venezia Unica (check their website for other options as well). If you buy a ticket for water transportation, it automatically includes the service of the rail train, which looks like an elevator cabin and is called the People Mover. It will take you to Piazzale Roma, where you can catch all kinds of boats to the center of Venice. At pier F, take the Vaporetto line 1 to the Rialto Bridge, at G, take the Vaporetto line 2 to St. Mark’s Square. It’s important to know that when you exit the People Mover station, you take to the left to the boat docks.
- If, despite all the advice, you’re late and the restaurants are already closing, and they’re pretty strict about closing times, ask for a takeaway from one that’s still open and a bottle of wine, they’ll agree. And you won’t regret it. We had lasagna and wine from Osteria del Lovo. They are open late and agree to sell takeaway after 10:30pm too. After they took such good care of us, we then visited them 2 more times and really liked their food. A bottle of Valpolicella Ripasso red wine with them costs about 40 euros, great wine!!!
- More places to eat well:
- How to choose where to stay?
- If you have a big budget, you can treat yourself in one of the hotels in the old buildings with historical significance. A night for a double room can vary between 1,500 and 3,000 euros. The experience is unique!
- With a smaller budget, you can also stay in a mid-range hotel, but again, to have comfort and space, as is the case with families of 4, you will have to spend a considerable amount of money.
- The best budget option for families is renting an apartment/house. Venice abounds with such options. We chose Residenza Ducato – we received an exclusive offer for a two-room apartment with a living room and a kitchenette, equipped with all amenities, on top of that, right next to St. Mark’s Square. And the best thing about this option is the owner, Paola, who is the coolest host I’ve had while traveling. She takes care of her guests like friends, helps them with everything, gives instructions – this Paola is absolutely great! Read more about this place in the post about it.
- If you are looking for branded stores, your street is Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Wide street, only boutiques and high prices.
In Part 2, you’ll read about 15 things to do while in Venice.
How to find all the mentioned above places?
Don’t worry about getting there. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of the place’s location and then select directions:
If you need to rent a car, you can book it here in the box of the largest booking platform further at the end of the current post.
How to book your stay?
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