View from St Mark’s Square
Savor the Tastes of Venice
- Prosecco – sparkling white Italian wine.
- Spaghetti al fruiti de la mare – seafood spaghetti. Don’t miss out on some authentic spaghetti. Try Ristorante Terrazza Sommariva and sit along the Grand Canal by the Rialto Bridge.
- Polenta – cornmeal boiled into a porridge.
- Visit a cicchetti bar – the Venice version of tapas. Try a Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine.
- Try a four course meal with Veneto Wine and Dinner Pairing.
Day Trips from Venice
- Florence Day Trip from Venice by High-Speed Train – transfer to Florence to see its famous cathedral.
- Dolomite Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Venice
The presence of the Adriatic Sea keeps Venice weather from falling below freezing in winter, but it can snow at times. Summer weather has highs in July and August of about 84 F (29 C), while lows are about 66 F (19 C). From December to February average highs are 46 F (8 C) and average lows stay at or near freezing. Rainfall is lightest from January to March and is fairly evenly spread throughout the rest of the year. Spring and fall are good Venice weather months and the best time to visit for smaller crowds of tourists.
Venice Canal Foot Bridge
Visit Venice by Rail, Bus or Cruise Ship
You can visit Venice by rail, bus or cruise ship. If you are traveling through Italy by rail, book your train ticket to the Venice St Lucia train station. It’s at the end of the causeway that extends from the Venice Mestre station on the mainland to the island of Venice. The St Lucia train station is right beside the bus station and Piazzale Roma square. Buses also use the causeway to reach Venice. The cruise ship port is right beside the bus and rail station. For a small fee, a people mover takes you on a short 3 minute ride from the cruise ship terminal to the pedestrian area of Venice at Piazzale Roma square.
St Mark’s Basilica Exterior
Visit Venice by Air
When you visit Venice by air, you will arrive at Marco Polo Airport on the mainland. The best way to reach Venice from the airport is by boat with Alilaguna. Fares are reasonable. You can buy your ticket at the airport and board your boat in the airport terminal. Alilaguna stops at several islands along the way, but the major stops are at St Marks Square and the Venice St Lucia train station. For the return ticket, make sure you have Euros, as you most ticket sales are from small convenience stores that don’t take credit cards. It’s a unique experience to travel to the airport on a boat that docks at the airport terminal.
Visit Venice – Walk, ACTV or Water Taxi
After you reach Venice, there are no roads. Your options are to walk, use the local ACTV public transit boats or pay for a private water taxi (vaporetto). Make sure you know in advance how you are going to get to your hotel in Venice. If you bring roller bag luggage, you will find it to be a noisy, inconvenient journey on the cobblestone streets and small bridges. You can buy ACTV public transit boat tickets at the Venice St Lucia train station and St Mark’s Square. You can also buy ACTV tickets from small convenience stores at lots of other stops. The ACTV operates just like a public transit system, but you wait for your ride on small docks instead. Make sure you have Euros to buy your ACTV tickets. A day pass costs less than two single fares.
If you choose to walk to the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, there are signs along the way that direct you through some of the trickier sections. Returning to a hotel after a day of sightseeing can be a challenging experience. You might feel like laboratory looking for cheese in a maze of pathways.