As we began our road trip to Italy in autumn, our first stop was just next to Venice, a little town named Mogliano Veneto. It’s just the cutest little city, with cozy restaurants and weekend markets, just a 15-minute train ride from Venice.
Where to Stay
If your traveling by car, it’s easier to make your booking in a smaller town and get to Venice by train. A lot of travelers also come by train from Rome or Milano airport and find a place to stay in the middle of Venice. It’s great if you have more than a day to explore the city and it’s surrounding.
- We stayed two nights at Villa Marcello Guistinian. Great breakfast and a really lovely hotel with a beautiful park around it. http://www.marcellogiustinian.it/en/
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What to see in Venice
It’s good to make a plan of what you want to see before you arrive at the city. If you arrive by train and want to walk across the city to get to St Mark’s Square, along the way there are many sights you will like to want to see.
- San Simeone Piccolo ( Just across of the Grand Canal by the train station)
- Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Art by Bellini, Donatello, and Titian, who is buried here)
- Rialto Bridge & Market (Renaissance stone bridge with beautiful shops)
- St. Mark’s Basilica (Located on Piazza San Marco, most crowded part of the city, with long waiting lines to the Basilica)
- Campanile di San Marco (Iconic bell tower on Piazza San Marco, with a great panorama view from the top)
- Doge’s Palace (Offers a great tour to see the art by Titian, Tintoretto, and other Venetian Renaissance painters)
- Bridge of Sighs (Just a walk away from St. Mark’s Basilica)
- Ferry from San Marco (Stops at several spots along the city, it’s great to see a lot of the city if you have little time, and easy way to get back to the main train station)