Venice can easily be reached
by train. From the train station you can take a vaporetto or hire
a boat to a landing nearby. Train takes you into Venice proper.
The Stazione Santa Lucia makes Venice is easily accessible from
Florence and Rome. You can travel from venice to major points in
Germany, Austria and the former Yugoslavia. The Pendolino ETR 500
trains are very comfortable with on board services like meals, air
conditioning, entertainment, seperate , first, business or family
compartments, adjustable seats. Bar service are offered in 1st class.
You cannot drive into Venice
but there are parking lots across the Lagoon. There are almost no
streets in Venice. Everything is transported by ship to the closest
pier and then carried with small wagons to the shops or hotels.
This makes everything a more expensive than in the rest of the country
The gondola are used by locals to get around and
for tourists to experience the quintessence of romantic Venice.
The gondola rides can be used for a group of people as well. However
these are being phased out and replaced by the more expensive 'Water
Taxis'. These water taxis dont have meters and hence its advisable
to negotiate the fare before you board the boat. There are several
porters with baggage carriers that you can use. There are only 3
bridges that span the Grand Canal, so sometimes you might get stuck
on the wrong side of the canal. Instead of walking all the way to
the next bridge, you might just jump on a traghetto. The traghetto
will take you from one bank of the canal to the other for less than
a Euro. Vaporetti are the city's mode of public transport.
Marco Polo airport is just east
of Mestre and is served by flights from most major Italian and European
cities, and from New York.
ACTV buses leave from Piazzale
Roma for surrounding areas including Mestre and Chioggia. There
are also bus connections to Padova and Treviso. Tickets and information
are available at the ticket office in the piazza.
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