It took a little over 2 hours to get from Florence to Venice by train. Nothing too eventful on the quick trip, which I’ve learned is a good thing.
WHERE TO LAY YOUR HEAD
I stayed at an Airbnb in Mestre. Staying in Mestre was cheaper than staying in Venice proper. From Mestre, it took about 15 minutes to arrive at Piazzale Roma, which is a main square for buses, trains, and water taxis.
GETTING AROUND VENICE
I purchased the 48-hour tourist card, which covered unlimited travel on buses and water taxis. Unfortunately, I didn’t qualify for the “Young Person’s Travel Card” for tourists up to the age of 29. I attempted to use my student id, but it had to be coupled with a passport to verify my date of birth. So, no discount for me, womp. Still, 30€ for a two-day card was more cost-effective than buying tickets for individual journeys.
WHERE TO EAT
My trip to Venice was so quick, and I didn’t do much research on restaurants before arriving. I did stumble upon a place called Timon where you can eat on a boat, I guess that’s cool. Personally, I chose a table by the water because I have enough trouble balancing stuff on land.
THINGS TO DO
For me, a trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a gondola ride. A 30-ish minute trip has a set price of 80€ per vessel and increases to 100€ after 7:00 pm. Up to six people can ride in a gondola. I met up with 2 friends that I met at the first hostel, so we were able to split the cost. We considered asking others to join (actually, I jokingly did ask) but a lot of people were enjoying a romantic ride, so that would’ve been awkward.
If you visit Venice, check out Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a department store near Rialto Bridge. Tons of shopping and there’s a free viewpoint from the top of the building.
Here’s a breakdown of my budget for three days in Venice.
|Train from Florence to Venice||40 € = 48 USD|
|Accommodations||98 € = 118 USD|
|Getting Around||30 € = 36 USD|
|Food and Drinks||34 € = 41 USD|
|Activities||27 € = 32 USD|
|Total||229 € = 275 USD|
*I used an exchange rate of 1 € = 1.2 USD.
Ciao for now,