When we think of Venice, images of canals and gondolas come to mind but that is not all the city cradles on its lap. While here, you can’t help it but sigh seeing their stunning architectural buildings, which are adorned with intricately designed artwork. Most buildings have Italian gothic architecture with a strong influence from Byzantine and Islamic style. These century-old buildings reflect Venice's trading network. Venice is divided into six sestieri or districts, each with distinct characteristics and a bundle of tourist attractions. At every turn, you will see fascinating places worth remembering. If you’ve got an Italy trip on your mind, Venice is not to be missed.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Venice is April through June. You can also travel in September and October. These are ideal months to explore the city as the weather is mild and pleasant.
How to Reach?
By Air: The closest international airport to Venice is Marco Polo which is located around 12 km from the city. Most flights that land here is from European countries. On arrival at the airport, you can find many modes of transportation such as buses, trains and taxis. These are the fastest ways to get to the city.
However, to get the most out of the city's exploration, travellers choose motorboats that will drop them off at Saint Mark's Square. Although it takes more than an hour, it is a relaxing and fun way to enter Venice.
By Train: Venice has a good railway network connecting to several cities like Rome, Milan, Florence, and Padua, as well as neighbouring countries like Austria, Germany, France, and the UK via the Orient Express. You can get an Eurail Pass while travelling in Italy; it offers deals, discounts, and most importantly, the convenience of easy travel.
By Road: Piazzale Roma is the main bus terminal in Venice. All buses coming to Venice stop here; it is close to the canals, where you can hop in one of the water taxis that’ll drop you off at your hotel. The major bus routes for Venice from different parts of Italy are Autostrada 4, A13, and SS11.
Venice is a small city but not everything is accessible on foot, unless you are staying in the central area. There are local transport options like water bus/taxi, gondola, traghetti, and alilaguna. These public transportation options are convenient and affordable. One of the best money-saving tips for visiting Venice is getting tourist passes which offer discounts and deals.