Arriving by car in Venice

Venice, Italy

Arriving by car in Venice Getting to Venice: From the west (Turin) or east: You’ll probably travel to Venice via the A4 autostrada. From the south: the A13 from Bologna as far as Padua and then via the A4 again. From the North (and Trieste): the A27. If you’re arriving by car and want to […]

Arriving by plane in Venice

Venice Airport

Arriving by plane in Venice: Transport from Marco Polo Airport to Venice: Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) Marco Polo Airport “reflects the uniqueness of Venice. The airport’s architectural features highlight the lagoon environment and are suggestive of the city’s civil and industrial architecture (such as the historic Arsenal). The visual impact is strong. With […]

Arriving by train in Venice

Arriving Venice by train

Arriving by train in Venice Don’t get off at Venice, Mestre (unless you’re staying there!), S.Lucia (Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Lucia) is the name of Venice’s train station and it’s the end of the line. The station is a modern building in the sestiere of Cannaregio in Venice’s west, and is serviced by Eurostar, Intercities and […]

Arriving and Departing Venice

A car ferry on the Grand Canal in Venice

Venice Transportation Choices Arriving in Venice is different from arriving in other cities, because there are no roads in the central city area where you’ll probably be staying – hotel transfers and downtown transportation are a bit different in Venice! That said, until that last stage, things are pretty much the same as elsewhere. If […]

Cannaregio, Venice

Ca' d'Oro

Cannaregio, Venice – Good Food and Fine Palaces Above: The municipal Casinò of Venice, housed in the beautiful renaissance Palace of Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, on the Grand Canal Cannaregio is Venice’s second largest sestiere, stretching across the north-west of the city with its main thoroughfare, the Strada Nuova, lined by shops, bars and restaurants and […]

San Marco, Venice

Venice Gondolas at San Marco

San Marco, Venice: “The Drawing-room of Europe” Let’s face it, there can be few visitors to Piazza San Marco in Venice who have not experienced an almost magical feeling when, standing on the Piazetta with the Doges’ Palace on their left, the Campanile to their right, they first gaze out between the two slender pillars, […]

San Polo, Venice

Rialto Bridge - San Polo

San Polo and the Rialto, Venice Running to the east of the Rio di San Polo as far as the Rialto, San Polo is the smallest sestiere, and is the oldest and most mediaeval part of Venice, a maze of tiny streets all eventually leading to some part of the Grand Canal. The Liveliest Quarter […]

Dorsoduro, Venice

Venice Museum

Dorsoduro, Venice’s “Hard Ridge”: Dorsoduro‘s (literally ‘hard ridge’) refers to the character of the land in this part of Venice, which is a bit higher and rockier – or at least, more solid – than the other less firm areas of land that emerged from the lagoon over the centuries. It’s a sprawling sestiere that […]

Castello, Venice

Vivaldi's Church and Riva Schiavoni

Castello, Venice: A Sestiere with a Split Personality Castello is Venice’s largest sestiere, extending from the Rialto to Sant’Elena at the eastern tip of the city. Its name is believed to derive from a fortress on the island of San Pietro, one of the earliest inhabited sites in the lagoon. It was one of the […]