HOW TO GET TO VENICE
Land and water connections
From Marco Polo airport (Venice )
Venice Airport "Marco Polo"
T +39 041 260 9260
The most convenient way to get to
Get off at Piazzale Roma, the main bus station of the city and the last stop.
For further information visit http://www.veniceairport.it/page/servizi/trasporti/treno?m=01020201&language=en
If you prefer to catch a boat, turn left as soon as you leave the airport. You will find signs that lead you to the boat-stop where you can catch either the Alilaguna red line or the Alilaguna blue line (see http://www.alilaguna.it/index.en.html ).
If you want to get off at Zattere you should catch the red one, if you want to get off at Fondamenta Nuove you have to catch the blue one.
For further information visit www.venicelink.com/index.php?lang=english
From Antonio Canova airport (Treviso )
If you come to Venice by train, you will arrive at the Santa Lucia Railway Station, a large building located at the beginning of the Grand Canal. It is easy to reach the city centre on foot walking down the Strada Nuova or by taking the water bus (vaporetto) from one of the jetties that are just outside the station.
The “Ponte della Libertà” is the bridge which connects Venice to the mainland and ends at “Piazzale Roma”, the only part of the city where cars can enter. There are several indoor and outdoor car parks in Piazzale Roma that vary in the parking fees asked: up to 12 hours, the minimum price is 26 Euros.
You can also park at the “Tronchetto” island (less expensive), which you reach by turning right immediately at the end of the “Ponte della Libertà”, just before you get to “Piazzale Roma”. You can get to the city centre easily from both these points by public water buses, water taxi or on foot; you can also reach Piazzale Roma from Tronchetto by the new People Mover.
The city of
ACTV is the name of the public transport system in
If you want to travel in
A number of trains to the main Italian cities leave from the Santa Lucia railway station everyday.
For further information visit www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html
Both ACTV and ATVO offer bus services from Piazzale Roma to the mainland and the other way around.
The public boats called vaporetti and motoscafi run almost constantly during the day and evening, and you'll seldom have to wait more than a few minutes for one to come along.
The standard water bus fare is a painfully steep €6,50.
See further information about fares and reductions for tourists at
Tip: Smaller boat stops may not have ticket booths. In such cases, board the vaporetto and ask the conductor for a ticket (biglietto) immediately. The alternative--keeping your mouth shut and hoping you aren't noticed--could result in a hefty fine and public humiliation.
The sleek, wood-trimmed water taxis of
The gondolas of
With only a handful of bridges crossing the
Get a map!
There's something wonderful about stumbling onto unexpected spots, so wrong turns and flawed directions may be a blessing in disguise.
Therefore, prepare yourselves ... a decent pair of comfortable shoes and off you go into the labyrinth of calli, campi, rughe, salizade and fondamente, either losing your bearings or finding magnificent hidden corners, magnificent views and famous palaces, impressive basilicas or tiny churches. All you have to do here is remember that everything goes slower, not a lot, but enough to make life less hectic.
GETTING TO KNOW
It is connected to the mainland by the Ponte della Libertà, a one kilometre-long bridge spanning across the water, which ends at Piazzale Roma, a large circular square with bus and coach stations and car parks.
Gondolas bobbing on the
The first one is that you will spend most of your time walking - the pavements play as major a role in the city as do the canals.
The one thing you won’t see is cars, drivers have to leave their vehicles at the city gate, and that makes exploring this romantic, art-filled and utterly unique city very enjoyable.
And though tourists crowd the city, most of them head straight for the Basilica di San Marco and the Doge’s Palace; a little trip off the beaten track yields huge rewards, as you nip down narrow alleys and find beautiful little churches, street markets and yet another canal before you.
is the official web-site of the city of
At night there are mainly two areas where university
students spend their time. One is Campo Santa Margherita with its bars and
cafés where you can sit outside and chat with friends. The other is close to
For detailed information on the forthcoming events visit www.agendavenezia.org/en
SPRITZ and SPUNCETTI
The spritz is an alcoholic
beverage, commonly served as an aperitif - among the most renown in
Top 5 Things to Do in Venice
1. Get Lost in Venice
2. See St. Mark’s Square when it’s empty
Take the #1 Vaporetto for a
Wander the Streets of
Here you can find the links to the main ones:
• François Pinault Foundation
ü Palazzo Grassi
ü Punta della Dogana
• Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at Ca’ d’Oro
• Monumental rooms of the Marciana Library
• Musei Civici
ü Ca’ Rezzonico - Museum of 18th century art
ü Carlo Goldoni’s house
ü Museo Correr
ü Museo Fortuny
ü Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)
ü Palazzo Mocenigo
ü Clock Tower
• Peggy Guggenheim Collection
• The Accademia Galleries
• The Querini Stampalia Museum
There are several post offices in
The main ones are:
Poste – Piazzale Roma
Santa Chiara, 511 –
T +39 041 244 6811
From Monday to Friday 8.30 AM > 6.30 PM
Saturday 8.30 AM > 1 PM
Salizada del Fontego dei Tedeschi, 5554 –
T +39 041 240 4149
From Monday to Friday 8.30 AM > 6.30 PM
Saturday 8.30 AM > 1 PM
For further information visit www.poste.it/en
Temperatures in Venice are much more moderate than
either Florence or Rome's climate in summer but even so, summers tend to be hot
and sunny with daytime temperatures ranging from
The evening temperatures fall to about
Rainfall tends to remain fairly similar throughout the
Although you need to go prepared for rain (take an umbrella!) you'll also find the storms help to clear the humidity from the air, making your night's sleep much more pleasant.
COST OF LIVING
Eating out 10 - 30 € (a meal)
Breakfast at a café 1,50 - 3 €
Transports 6,50 € (water bus ticket)
B&W photocopy 0,05 - 0,10 €
Colour photocopy 0,50 - 1,00 €
Cinema ticket 5,50 - 7 €
Museum ticket 4 - 10 €
Internet point 5 - 10 € (1 hour)
5 REASONS WHY
1) Extremely Efficient Caffeine Delivery Systems.
“The Italians, they've really nailed something here. You roll into some hole in the wall, you ask for coffee. They don't bring you coffee, they bring you espresso, for maximum caffeine density. You don't even have to sit down if you don't want to, you just do it like a shot. A chair would just harsh the buzz. Then you're gone, back out into the city, vibrating with mild stimulants. By the end of the week I was rolling doppio, twice a day”
2) Extremely Efficient Alcohol Delivery Systems.
“You can drink wine pretty much all the time. Factor in the massive caffeine intake and your whole consciousness is constantly being re-engineered, chemically, over the course of any given day. It's way cyber”
3) They Don't Play Sports.
“Well, they probably do, but it's not like
there's a stadium in
4) It's All About Culture Contact.
“At first I wondered why I felt like I was
walking through a Star Trek episode all the time -- more so even than usual --
until I realized that
5) It's an Artifact.
“There's no way to explain the weirdness of