“Imagine the audacity of building a city of marble palaces on a lagoon – and that was only the start.” – Lonely Planet
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Marco Polo is the main airport serving Venice. Take Venicelink water taxi into the city. It runs from 8:00 – 22:30 and you can book prior to arrival or at the airport itself. The water bus (Alilaguna) is cheaper but will take longer. The bus is available from both Marco Polo and Treviso Airport, where more budget airlines fly into, but can only take you so far. Check where your accommodation is located because you might still need to take a water taxi from there. Terravision is another bus option from Treviso.
If coming by train you will arrive at Santa Lucia station. Flixbus will drop you at the cruise terminal where you’ll also arrive if coming by sea. From there you can take the People Mover closer to the main part of town. It’s also nice to walk around if you don’t have heavy luggage.
Once you’re in town it’s easy to walk anywhere or hop on the water buses.
Italy is famous for its food but many people don’t realize what a wide variety is available. One of the most important things about traveling through this country will be to make sure to eat local and regional dishes because that is where you’ll find is the best of the BEST. Make sure you know what the Venetians do best so you know exactly what to try!
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To be perfectly honest I think a day trip is enough. It is a beautiful city and an absolute must-do, however, my favorite part about it is the city itself. With the crowds and the prices one day is enough for me. That being said, many rave that when you get out of the center there is plenty to keep you busy for longer.
Trieste lies to the east and fair Verona to the west. Bologna is SW while the beaches and parties are further down the coast in Rimini. Milan and Florence are major cities within a few hours train ride as well. Internationally Slovenia and Croatia are easily reached by sea and Ljubljana, Slovenia (farther inland) is a short bus ride away.