Planning your Venice holidays should be no less fun then the trip itself. Fortunately Venice is one of the easier cities to plan for. The city is small and pedestrian friendly. The combination means that no matter which corner of the city you choose to sleep in you will be able to visit the rest of the city. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a few things into consideration. Venice is a city not just of canals but of bridges. If you have over packed each and every bridge will be a challenge. Dragging your suitcase even if wheeled over a bridge won’t be an enjoyable start for your trip. A busy canal view may seem romantic but that busy canal is the equivalent of a busy road. Likewise a busy street may be busy late at night.
Arriving in Venice
The easiest and likely the most impressive way to arrive is by train. Exiting the train station you’ll see the canal. Luckily right in front of the train station you’ll find a vaporetto stop. Compare the routes with your hotel location. WATER BUS SERVICE TIMETABLE The vaporetto aka water bus can be a useful way to shorten your walk.
If you’re arriving by air Alilaguna ferry service from the airport it can take you into the city at a reasonable cost.
Venice holiday passes
Venice Unica city pass allows you to combine public transportation, admission to tourist attractions and cultural events . Including transport to and from the airport. You can buy one of the standard offers or you can add your own set of features to the card. Each item you add having its own price. The vaporetto have a single ride price of €7.50 per person. If you think you may be using them often buying a transit pass of some sort is highly recommended. The passes will also be useful if you intend to see the smaller islands. If you don’t intend to use the vaporetto then you should make a list of the entry fees you might be facing. Compare that to the city pass. Do not assume that the pass will always work out cheaper then buying individual entry tickets.
Venice holiday offseason
If you are flexible on dates you should consider going offseason to Venice. Traveling offseason solves two of the greatest Venetian problems. The high cost of lodging and the crowds. Winter prices can be a fraction of high season prices. Crowds are also diminished. The evenings after the daytrippers have left will reward you with an almost ghost like Venice. You will face cooler temperatures and an increase risk of fog and rain. One caveat. The Carnevale period is considered extreme high season. Prices and crowds will soar.
Venice is the supermodel of cities. Highly photographed but still inspiring. Venice is a city that will reward you for waking up early or staying up late. Earling morning sunrise photo. A night time photo of the boats on the canal or of Saint Mark’s square. Unlike most Italian cities Venice is one to consider bringing your tripod. A pedestrian city without the hazards of traffic makes it easier but the early mornings when the crowds are still sleeping will also allow you to use your tripod. Venice has a range that allows it to glow in full sun or in the fog and rain. If the weather forecast is grim your Venice holidays won’t disappoint the photographer in you.
I never knew that Venice is not just canals, but also made of bridges. However, that makes sense now that you mention it. Italy is at the top of my bucket list!
I love Venice so much! I actually enjoyed it much more than Rome 🙂
can’t wait to visit venice someday! So many memorable buildings