The Queen of the Adriatic
This harmonious composition of 118 islands, congealed, giving rise to a enigmatic lagoon city, has defined our conception of classical and nostalgic beauty. Although there are many canal cities in the world that boast equivalence, none has truly surpassed its renaissance charm and reputation.
Somehow the effect of cruising along the canals in Amsterdam, Bruges or even Bangkok pales in comparison to maze-like canals in Venice. Why is this so? Venice, unlike its counterparts is deeply rooted in its maritime history, culture and tradition that have been extensively promulgated by movies and media.
From the alluring Masquerade balls and the ubiquitous Gondolas mooring along the canals to the classical beauty of the Doge's palace and St Mark's cathedral, Venice has shaped our idea of Romanticism at its height and will forever endure as the zenith of a once powerful naval and trading city.
Getting there & around
1) Fly in
Almost all commercial and budget airlines across Europe fly into Venice's Marco Polo airport which is located at mainland. From the airport, take the water bus to Venice. Bear in mind that, water taxi is different from water bus and it cost a lot more ( 100 euros for 4 persons with luggage). On the other hand, water bus will get you to your destination with half the price but sans the comfort and speed.
Distance by water bus from airport to St Mark's: 45 minutes
The most convenient way of getting into Venice. Get off at St Lucia station and you will find yourself already on the island. Before exiting the station, you can purchase your water bus tickets at the information counter and enquire about discount cards if you are planning on visiting other parts of the islands. The St Lucia pier is located just right outside the station and if you want a quick tour of the grand canal, use either route 1 or 2 (Route 1 stops at every stop whereas route 2 only makes 5 stops which includes the Rialto bridge). Be wary that both routes will make a circular loop around the south of Venice, therefore what should be a 20 minute journey can stretch to 45 minutes if you face the wrong direction.
From St Lucia, the direction towards the grand canal is towards the left. Below is the view just outside of the train station.
The main train station St Lucia as pictured below
3) Water Bus
Getting around Venice can be expensive which is why walking is still the best way to get around and it is pleasant experience as there are no cars.
Water bus is also known as Vaporetti and a single trip anywhere around Venice will cost 7 euros. Remember to tap on at the pier before getting on the boat to avoid exorbitant fines.
Purchasing a travel card is also recommended if you are going to be staying for a longer duration.
Fares last checked January 2017
1 Day Travelcard - €20
2 Day Travelcard - €30
3 Day Travelcard - €40
7 Day Travelcard - €60