We will be traveling to Venice in August and will be there for 3 nights. I have several questions I am hoping I can get some comments on:
1) What general area of Venice should we stay in? (San Marco, Castello Ovest, San Palo, Cannaregio Est, Santa Croce Est, Cannaregio Ovest, Cannaregio Ovest, Castello Est, Dorsoduro Est, Giudecca, ???)
2) How close is the train station (coming from Rome) to the city? How does one get from the station into the city?
3) How does one get to the airport? We have a 6:00AM departure and so I am concerned about how best to get to get the airport at so early in the morning.
1) Where to stay: Mestre. It is the modern Venice, not much to see but very cheap compared to the actual Venice. Since you are staying three days, your budget will thank you a lot. You can get to the touristy venice by taking a very short ride on the train. But if you don't care for budget and want to be in the thick of things, go for San Marco - the centre.
2) The train station is very close. Most of Old Venice can be covered in a day on foot, easily walking from the train station to San Marco and back.
3)Which airport? Name please? BTW - please search this forum, Venice comes up quite often, especially the budget airport "nearby".
Since we are staying for 3 days and this is the end of our trip, we will look at trying to stay in the San Marco area.
Regarding the airport, we fly out of Venice (VCE).
Thank you again!
From http://www.veniceairport.it/ :
The airport is connected to the nearby railway stations of Venice-Santa Lucia and Mestre-Venice by scheduled bus services. Bus connections from the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station to the airport (and viceversa)
From the Venice-Santa Lucia railway station you have to reach the Piazzale Roma square - 10 minutes on foot acrossing the "Ponte Degli Scalzi" bridge.
Bus line to the Marco Polo airport:
linea ATVO AIR TERMINAL
autobus urbano ACTV linea n° 5
Links on venice:
Consider staying anywhere but in the San Marco area! Dorsoduro is nice (lots of designer hotels, ca' Pisani being one of them), and so is Giudecca (hotels that I found on Google include Palazzo Odoni and Hotel Cipriani); San Marco is absolute tourist hell, even though both the square and the catedral are splendid. Since you'll be paying A LOT anyway, you might as well opt for a slightly better location...