Welcome to the Venice Travel Blog

Cheryl Imboden with Venice map
Venice Travel Blog is an extension of our travel-planning Web site, Venice for Visitors, which PC Magazine has called "the premier visitors' site for Venice, Italy." We hope you'll visit often, and we invite you to post your comments about traveling or living in Venice. If you're fond of animals, take a look at our dog blog, Maggie in Venice: A Bearded Collie's Adventures in Italy.

Finally, if you're traveling to Venice for the first time, don't miss our "Introducing Venice" article at Veniceforvisitors.com.

- Durant and Cheryl Imboden


Mestre hotels for cruise passengers

T1 tram in Piazzale Roma

ABOVE: From the T1 tram's terminus in Venice's Piazzale Roma, it's only a short walk over level ground to the Venice People Mover (an automated tram that runs to the Marittima cruise basin).

Mestre, on the Venetian mainland, is popular with cruise passengers for two reasons:

  • Hotels in Mestre are usually cheaper (or offer better value) than hotels in Venice's historic center; and...

  • From a hotel in Mestre, you can take a land taxi directly to the Venice cruise terminals at Marittima (used by large ships), San Basilio, and Santa Marta.

If you're considering a hotel in Mestre and are willing to pay 30 euros or more for a taxi to the port, any of the hotels in the article below should meet your needs:

Mestre & Marghera Hotels Guide

However, if you'd rather take public transportation, you need to consider your options:

1.  You can stay near the Mestre railroad station and take a train to Venice's Santa Lucia station, then cross the Calatrava Bridge to the Piazzale Roma and take the People Mover to the Marittima cruise port.

2.  You can stay in a hotel on a public bus line in Mestre that runs to Venice's Piazzale Roma. This may sound like a practical choice, but city buses can be crowded, and you may regret trying to board a bus filled with daytrippers or commuters when you're hauling bulky luggage.

3.  Your best bet (if you're departing from the Marittima cruise port) is to stay in a hotel on the new tram line that runs between central Mestre and Venice's Piazzale Roma:

Mestre Hotels on the T1 Tram Line

The tram is roomier and easier to board than buses are, and from the tram stop in Venice, you can walk a short distance to the People Mover. (The People Mover station has escalators and an elevator, so it's easy to manage even with a large, heavy suitcase.) See:

People Mover to the Venice Marittima Cruise Terminals

  • Note: If you've already booked a hotel in an inconvenient location (or if you've let a travel agent make that mistake for you), we suggest that you cancel the reservation unless you're willing to splurge on a taxi.

For more information about cruising from (or to) Venice, see the Venice for Cruisers section of our travel-planning site, Veniceforvisitors.com:

Venice for Cruisers

 


Airport train to Venice

Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station

ABOVE: By the time the boy in this photo is a teenager, you may be able to take a train from Venice's Marco Polo Airport to the Venezia Santa Lucia Railroad Station.

A trade publication, Railway Gazette, has just announced that Italy's rail network, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, and SAVE (the management company for Venice's Marco Polo Airport) are planning a new airport rail link from VCE to the Venezia Mestre and Venezia Santa Lucia railroad stations.

The link also will provide rail service to Trieste, approximately 116 km or 72 miles northeast of Venice.

The project, which will cost an estimated 450 million euros, involves laying a new stretch of track from the existing Venice-Trieste line, with a new tunnel connecting to an underground station at Marco Polo Airport.

Assuming that financing falls into place and there are no significant project delays, service could begin by 2024.

In the meantime, you can reach Venice from Marco Polo Airport by airport bus, airport boat, or water taxi. (If you're staying on the mainland, a Mestre airport bus or a land taxi will take you into town.)

For more information, see the Railway Gazette news story.


Before Day's Music Video about Venice

 

 

Recently, we received an e-mail from Gregory Alan Forney, a.k.a. Before Day, in which he described his new music video titled Cogli l'attimo (an Italian phrase that means "Seize the moment").

We enjoyed the music video, which is catchy, upbeat, and filled with appealing Venice imagery. You can view it above on YouTube. After clicking the "Play" arrow, click the "full screen" symbol for maximum enjoyment.

If you'd like to download the song as an MP3, MP320, or FLAC file, visit the Cogli l'attimo page at CDBaby.com, where you can also read what inspired Greg to write his song. (Cogli l'attimo is also available on iTunes.)