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Travelling between cities in Italy is most easily done by train, and is often the fastest, as there is an extensive rail network and plenty of high speed train service. This is true for travel between Rome and Venice, which is the option we went with. We had reserved two seats on Italo, one of the high speed rail services in Italy.
By booking several months in advance, we were able to get seats in Prima class (essentially business class) for the price of a regular economy fare.
Roma Termini (Rome) -> Venezia S. Lucia (Venice)
Rail Service: Italo
Train No: 9984
Departure: 10:15 am
Arrival: 14:00 pm
Duration: 3h 45m
One half of the seats in each coach are facing one direction, while the other half are facing the opposite. Seats 16 and 19 are right in the middle, where the seat direction reverses and the seats face each other, so it is best suited for a pair of travelers. You also get an additional table between the two seats.
Throughout the journey, attendants came through several times to serve drinks, which included orange juice or coke, as well crackers and biscuits.
In Venice, the most convenient way to get around is by walking, as the main island is quite small, and walking from one side of it to the other only takes about 30-40 minutes. However, if you’re arriving from the train station, chances are you’ll have some luggage, in which case you probably want to take the Vaporetto, which are basically water buses. The fares aren’t cheap, costing 7.5 euros per trip, but in our case, we didn’t want to haul a piece of luggage across Venice. There are plenty of Vaporetto stops right outside the main train station in Venice, so we hopped on the one that took us closest to our hotel.
We stayed at Hotel Paganelli, a small but cozy hotel just a few steps away from many of the landmarks in Venice, including St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Companile, St Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.
After dropping off our stuff at the hotel, we walked around checking out all the sights. Be sure to have your camera charged and ready to go, as Venice is full of very picturesque views.
One of the best places to have Tiramisu is also right here in the heart of Venice, at a shop called I Tre Mercanti. Definitely give their Tiramisu a try. We came back twice on separate days to try the different flavors!
The next morning, we took a half hour boat ride out to the island of Murano, the “Glass Island” of Venice. It is famous for its glass products, created from the many glass factories that have been in operation for over hundreds of years. When we arrived in Murano, we were pleasantly surprised to find much less crowded sidewalks. We walked around admiring the glassware and trinkets sold from the shops.
After lunch, we boarded another ferry to take us to the island of Burano. The ride to Burano took about 50 minutes, as it was much further from the main island of Venice. While Burano is known for its lace products, most people come here to admire the brightly colored rows of houses.
We stayed here for close to two hours taking photos, before taking the long ferry ride back.
Have you visited Venice? What are some of your favorite sites?